Sports ECHL Trois-Rivieres Expansion Team Unveils Logo, Name
Expansion primer: Winnipeg Jets
At look at Winnipeg's options ahead of the expansion draft.The Jets had a bit of an up-and-down season as they went from battling for the top spot in the North Division to backing into the playoffs. Then they went from sweeping Edmonton in the first round to being swept by Montreal in the second round. GM Kevin Cheveldayoff will have some decisions to make this summer as a result, including a couple of calls to make in terms of their expansion planning. In the Vegas draft, they traded down 11 spots in the first round to secure the protections of Marko Dano and Toby Enstrom.
The Montreal Canadiens' ECHL affiliate has officially unveiled its new name and logo ahead of their debut season
The ECHL's expansion efforts ahead of next season have reached an important new milestone, with the league's newest expansion franchise, located in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, unveiling its inaugural name and logo on Thursday afternoon.
The franchise will be known as the Trois-Rivieres Lions, a nod to the team of the same name that played in the Quebec Hockey League and Eastern Professional Leagues from 1955-1960, and will operate as the official ECHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens. For the Canadiens, this now places all professional branches of their organization within the province of Quebec, localizing their collective developmental efforts and allowing for closer contact between all internal levels.
As Joyce Echaquan coroner's inquiry closes, community marches in her memory
TROIS-RIVIÈRES, Que. — Hundreds of people gathered outside the courthouse where the coroner's inquest into the death of Joyce Echaquan ended Wednesday, hopeful that her death leads to concrete changes for Indigenous patients in Quebec's health network. Shortly after the hearings closed in Trois-Rivières, Que., halfway between Montreal and Quebec City, a crowd estimated by police at more than 1,000 marched through the streets chanting "JusticeTROIS-RIVIÈRES, Que. — Hundreds of people gathered outside the courthouse where the coroner's inquest into the death of Joyce Echaquan ended Wednesday, hopeful that her death leads to concrete changes for Indigenous patients in Quebec's health network.
The Canadiens had been without an ECHL affiliate since they ended their partnership with the now-defunct Brampton Beast in 2018. In using the Lions name and logo, the Canadiens are honouring a team that, while largely absent in public consciousness, featured future NHL superstars the likes of Rod Gilbert, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1982, and Jean Ratelle, who followed Gilbert into the Hall of Fame in 1985 and was named one of the 100 Greatest NHLers of all time during the league's centennial celebration in 2017.
Today's unveiling serves as a step towards making this expansion a reality.
Not only are the Canadiens honouring the history of the Lions, establishing further hockey roots in their home province, and fostering greater organizational unity as a result, they're doing so with a pretty snazzy logo.
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