The Quebec Major Junior League announced Monday that it will welcome four more esteemed members into its Hall of Fame in April. Defenseman Pierre Lacroix and forwards Jacques Cossette and Luc Robitaille will enter in the player category, while coach Pat Burns will be inducted as a builder.
The ceremony, scheduled for April 4, will be aired by RDS. The selection committee consisted of Michel Cote, Denis Baillairge, Michel Gagnon, Albert Ladouceur and Bertrand Raymond.
"We are very happy with the quality of individuals who were selected, and we look forward to welcoming them into the QMJHL Hall of Fame next April 4," said Cote.
Burns, a noted NHL coach who won the 2003 Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils, coached the Hull Olympiques for three seasons from 1984 to 1987. In 200 regular-season games, he earned 111 wins. During the 1985-86 campaign, his team won a club-record 54 games, including 22 consecutive home wins, to earn the Jean Rougeau Trophy as the regular-season champion with 108 points. Then, the Olympiques went on a 15-0 run to win their first President Cup title.
In the NHL, Burns won three Jack Adams Trophies as the NHL's best coach. He is the only coach to win the award three times. He coached in Montreal, Toronto, Boston and New Jersey.
Cossette, a right wing, played two seasons with the Sorel Eperviers from 1972 to 1974. He was named a First-Team All-Star in both campaigns. In his final season, Cossette scored 97 goals and added 117 assists to lead Sorel to the regular-season crown. He is second all-time for most goals scored by a right wing in a single season. Only Guy Lafleur (130) has more.
In 1974, Cossette was selected in the second round (27th overall) by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the National Hockey League Amateur Draft and in the second round (20th overall) by the Vancouver Blazers in the World Hockey Association Entry Draft.
Lacroix played defense for nearly three seasons with the Quebec Remparts before finishing his major junior career with the Trois-Rivi?É¬®res Draveurs. He was a key contributor on three President Cup-winning teams. In his final Q season, Lacroix established single-season records for most goals (37), assists (100) and points (137) by a defenseman. He was awarded the QMJHL and CHL Most Valuable Player awards, while earning a spot on the QMJHL All-Star First Team. In the NHL, he played with Quebec and Hartford, accumulating 274 games.
Robitaille played three seasons for Hull in the mid-80s. He finished his junior career with 155 goals and 424 points in 197 games. He won the President Cup Trophy in his final season, and earned the Guy Lafleur Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs. Other honors followed, including the CHL regular season MVP crown.
Taken in the ninth round (171st overall) by the Los Angeles Kings in 1984, Robitaille is one of the all-time greatest late-round picks in NHL Entry Draft history. His 668 goals are the most scored by a left wing and his 1,394 points are 19th on the NHL's all-time points list.