The Quebec Junior Football League (QJFL) and the Chateauguay Junior Raiders were both born in 1981. The founder was Andre Leclaire who was immediately referred to as the ‘Al Davis’ of the franchise. He called upon the experience and knowledge of Canadian Football Hall of Famer and Chateauguay resident Joe Pistilli for guidance in starting a team from ground zero in such a high caliber of football. Leclaire then asked his good friends Sam O’Connor and Flo Morelli to form the first ever executive committee. The new group held their first meeting at the famous Rustik restaurant in May of 1981. To help control the expense, all of the equipment was purchased from an organization in Lachine which was ceasing to operate. Garage Aubin Body Shop painted all of the helmets Raider Silver and the team was ready to host their first game ever at Laberge Park on a Friday night against the North Shore Broncos. The Raiders not only won that encounter but many more in that inaugural season including the Championship game in November.
The Raiders have captured the title a total of 8 times in their history. 1981, 1983, 1986, 1988, 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2009. Many of their alumni have gone on to very successful careers at both the University level (CIS) and a few even made it to the pros. Most notably Raymond Cassie & Matt Salo.
The Junior Raiders are extremely proud of being the only remaining original franchise still in existence in the QJFL. Quite a feat for a small community team competing against the likes of Quebec City, Laval & Ottawa.
Chateauguay Hall of Famer John Mouland has been involved with the club for over 25 years holding down the position of Head Coach, Assistant Coach, General Manager, Governor and is still the teams President going into another new season.