Cataractes


Shawinigan Cataractes

Arena Name: Centre Bionest
Capacity: 4,300
Built: 2008
Address: 1200, rue des Cèdres, Shawinigan, QC, G9N 2P6
Telephone No: (819) 537-6327
Ice Surface Size: Regulation
Franchise Date: 1969-70
QMJHL Championships: None
Memorial Cup Championships: None
Colours: Black, Gold, Navy & White
Official Web Site: cataractes.qc.ca
Unofficial Site: Cataractes Fan Club
Tourist Information: Tourism Mauricie
Former Arenas:
Arena Jacques-Plante
Aréna de Grand-Mère

QMJHL
Centre Bionest
Centre Bionest
What's the Arena Like?
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The new Centre Bionest opened December 27, 2008 with a game against Montreal. The new arena is just down the street from the old one, and when I visited in October 2008 the building looked mostly finished on the outside, as a tasteful brown and silver building built on former brownfields. I haven't yet been to a game there, but hope to in the next few seasons. If you have anything to contribute, please send it to .
Future Developments
There are no plans to renovate or replace the Centre Bionest.

How To Get There

From A-55: Exit at Boul. Trudel (Exit 211) and follow it past the lake into town. When you reach the roundabout at Ave. Station, turn right. From there, the route is very well-signed, but for the record, you make a left onto rue 5e and then another left onto Broadway when 5e dead-ends. The rink will be on your left.

There is a small and free gravel parking lot across the street from the arena, or you can park on downtown streets.
Franchise History
The Shawinigan Bruins were originally a QJHL team with a franchise history dating back further than I have been able to find evidence. In 1969, they were one of the founding members of the new QMJHL. The team today is the only remaining original Q team still in its original location, although the team's name was changed in 1973 to the Shawinigan Dynamos, and then again in 1978 to the present Cataractes.
Retired Numbers
7 Michel Brière
14 Benoit Plouffe
17 Patrice Lefebvre
18 Marcel Giguere
26 Dean Bergeron
27 Stephan Lebeau
33 Patrick Lalime
Local Rivals
Historically, nearby Trois-Rivières was Shawinigan's biggest rival, but with the Draveurs long gone, the Cataractes' biggest rivals now are the other teams in the Montreal-Quebec City corridor, such as Drummondville, Victoriaville and Quebec.
Inside the Centre Bionest
Centre Bionest

Feedback

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Last Revised: January 18, 2009