Titan


Laval Titan

Arena Name: Colisée de Laval
Capacity: 3,500
Built: 1955
Address: 1110 ave. Desnoyers, Laval, QC, H7C 1Y5
Last Game: 2003
Ice Surface Size: Regulation
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Colisée de Laval
Colisee de Laval
What was the Arena Like?
The Laval Titan/Voisins franchise were one of the cornerstones of junior hockey during their period in the Q. While they never won the Memorial Cup, they won four Quebec league titles and produced NHLers such as Mike Bossy, Vincent Damphousse and Mario Lemieux. The Titan packed it in and moved to Bathurst in 1998, but I always figured that based upon their long, successful history in northern Montreal, a return to Laval might be in the cards someday for the Q. But then I visited the Colisée de Laval.

The Colisée is located on the grounds of a community college in an otherwise 1960ish residential neighbourhood. Getting there by car really feels like you're driving through the heart of suburbia, and on back roads, as there are no major routes nearby. And then you see the Colisée for the first time in the middle of a small parking lot within the neighbourhood, and you wonder how on earth the Q survived here for this long.

The Colisée is run-down. It's comparable to the Kingston Memorial Centre for the most run-down building I've been to. Built in 1955, the Colisée looks like it hasn't had even routine maintenance in several years now, and apart from a somewhat modern scoreboard there are no signs of progress. Paint is peeling from all the walls and concrete steps are crumbling inside.

As far as the actual layout of the arena, it's a pretty decent setup overall. The Colisée has a popular setup for Quebec arenas, with a single bowl of red seats and then a blue second tier in each end of the rink. The seats are all uncomfortable wooden slatted models. Underneath one tier is something completely unexpected - a gymnasium. There is also a small lobby with bar and snack concessions just inside the front door.

Some ancient arenas feel like they're just too far gone to really rehabilitate properly. While you could renovate the Colisée de Laval, it's the sort of place that really needs a lot of love to bring it up to even a bare minimum standard. The Laval Titan are history now, and it's a shame that the place that housed them is in such a poor state. The most depressing thing about the Colisée was that there was no sign of the history of the Titan on display, although I suppose I can't really complain about that too much since it's the team's fault. All of the Titan's banners moved with the team and are now on display in Bathurst, New Brunswick.
How To Get There
From A-25: Exit at Exit 11, boul. Vanier, and proceed East. The street will curve around and parallel the highway. Turn left on rue de la Fabrique. The arena will be on your left, at the corner of Fabrique and Desnoyers.
What's it Used For Today?
The Laval franchise was a model of stability in an unstable Q in the 1970's through to the 1990's. They started in Rosemont, but moved to Laval in 1971, and although they underwent a few name changes (National to Voisins to Titan), the franchise stayed put from 1971 to 1998, and played at the Colisée for their entire existence. They won the Q title several times in that span, but the Montreal curse finally struck for good in the late 1990's, when the franchise moved to Bathurst. The Colisée also hosted a few Montreal Rocket games randomly in 2003.

Today the Colisée is home to the LNAH's Predateurs. It remains to be seen what the building's future is, as the city of Laval is building an 11,000 seat arena downtown that will be home to the Canadiens' AHL affiliate, using the resurrected Laval Rocket nickname, when it opens in the fall of 2017.
Inside the Colisée de Laval
Colisee de Laval
Formerly Retired Numbers
10 Claude Lapointe
17 Mike Bossy
19 Neil Carnes
21 Vincent Damphousse
22 Martin Lapointe
30 Gino Odjick
66 Mario Lemieux

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