QMJHL Weekly: 11/9

Brodeur, Nadeau and Gilbert Are Telus Three Stars

Lewiston forward Etienne Brodeur, Drummondville goalie Guillaume Nadeau, and Acadie-Bathurst right winger David Gilbert are the Telus Three Stars of the Week for the week ending November 7th.

Brodeur began the week with two goals and was the game’s first star in Lewiston’s 4-3 win over Quebec on Wednesday. He added two assists and was the second star of Friday’s 5-2 win over Val-d’Or and finished the week with a goal and assist in the MAINEiacs’ 4-1 win over Val-d’Or on Saturday.

Nadeau began the week with 14 saves as Drummondville blanked Baie-Comeau 4-0 on Thursday and was the game’s third star. He followed that up with 19 saves as the Voltigeurs lost 4-3 in a shootout on Friday and ended the week with 21 saves as Drummondville was outshot 21-20 in their 2-0 win over Victoriaville on Sunday. Nadeau was the first star of that game.

Gilbert began the week with one goal in the Titan’s 4-3 loss to Shawinigan on Wednesday; scored once and assisted on two more as Acadie-Bathurst skated to a 4-1 win over Moncton on Friday; and had a goal and assist in Sunday’s 4-3 shootout win over Chicoutimi.

Mosher Is CHL Goalie of the Week

On the heels of being named one of the Telus Three Stars of the Week last week PEI netminder Evan Mosher is the CHL Goalie of the Week for the same time period.

Mosher made 28 saves and was the first star of the game as PEI shutout Halifax 3-0 on Friday and followed that up with 39 more and the second star of the game honors as the Rocket lost 3-2 in a shootout to Acadie-Bathurst on Sunday. He finished the week with a 0.96 goals-against-average and .971 SAV%.

League, Teams, and Telus Raise Over $115,000.00 For Fight Against Breast Cancer.

On Wednesday Commissioner Gilles Courteau announced that the League, teams, and Telus raised over $115 000.00 in October for the fight against breast cancer.

“The QMJHL and each of its eighteen franchises worked very hard to develop pink prototype jerseys in collaboration with our official supplier, Reebok/CCM, and its partner in this project, SP Apparel,” said the Commissioner. “More than 400 pink jerseys worn by the players were sold with the proceeds being distributed to local, regional or national organizations dedicated to the fight against breast cancer. Furthermore, the QMJHL’s major partner, TELUS, came on board, contributing $100 for every goal scored during the 18 fight against breast cancer games. In total, 125 goals were scored, bringing TELUS’ contribution to $12,500.

“Today, I am proud to announce that over $115,000 have been generated as a result of our clubs’ efforts. Congratulations to all of our teams for their valued contribution. Also, thank you to our great fans for their incredible generosity and to TELUS for their lending their support behind this important endeavour.”

The amounts generated by the goals through the TELUS promotion will benefit La Fondation du Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Québec (CHUQ) to help the CHUQ purchase state-of-the-art equipment for breast cancer treatment. TELUS invites fans to visit its boutiques. The company will give $25 to the CHUQ each time a pink smart phone is purchased (BlackBerry Curve 3G, BlackBerry Curve 8530 or BlackBerry Pearl 3G – Province of Quebec only) until December 31.

Most people know or care for someone who is or who has been afflicted by this terrible disease. Statistics show that one out of every nine women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and its eighteen franchises are proud to play their part in the fight against breast cancer. As a result of fundraising initiatives such as these, vital research in the field has enabled survival rates to jump 25% in the past 20 years.

Thirteen CHL Officials Assigned to IIHF Events for Year

The CHL and Hockey Canada announced that 13 CHL officials have been assigned by the IIHF to various events this year. Eleven officials are from Canada while two are American.

Canadians:

Referees

Darcy Burchell (Hamilton, ON/OHL) Level VI World Championship Bratislava/Kosice, SLO
Matt Kirk (Vancouver, BC/WHL) Level VI World Junior Championship Buffalo, NY
Devin Klein (Medicine Hat, AB/WHL) Level VI World U18 Championship Crimmitschau/Dresden, GER
David Lewis (Pickering, ON/OHL) Level VI World Championship, DI, Gr. B Kyiv, UKR
Pat Smith (Vancouver, BC/WHL) Level VI World Junior Championship Buffalo, NY.
Pascal St-Jacques (Laval, QC/QMJHL) Level VI World Junior Championship, DIII Mexico City, MEX

Linesmen

Chris Carlson (Edmonton, AB/WHL) Level IV World Championship Bratislava/Kosice, SLO
Francois Dussereault (Sherbrooke, QC/QMJHL) Level IV World U18 Championship Crimmitschau/Dresden, GER
Trent Knorr (Victoria, BC /WHL) Level V World U18 Championship, DIII, Gr. B Mexico City, MEX
Kiel Murchison (Surrey, BC/ WHL) Level IV World Championship Bratislava/Kosice, SLO
Jesse Wilmot (Hamilton, ON/ OHL) Level IV World Junior Championship Buffalo, NY

Americans:

Shane Warschaw (WHL) World U18 Championship, Crimmitschau/Dresden, GER
Keith Kaval (OHL) World Junior Championship, Buffalo, NY.

Quebec Still Tops CHL Rankings

On Wednesday the League announced the CHL rankings and Quebec, Saint John, Moncton, and Drummondville made the cut.
Quebec stayed at first; while Saint John dropped from fourth to sixth; Moncton fell one spot to seventh; and Drummondville went from eighth to tenth..

BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings – Week 7

1 Quebec Remparts (15-1-0-1)
2 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (12-2-0-0)
3 Portland Winterhawks (12-2-0-1)
4 Saginaw Spirit (12-2-1-1)
5 Saskatoon Blades (11-5-0-0)
6 Saint John Sea Dogs (15-3-0-1)
7 Moncton Wildcats (13-5-0-2)
8 Owen Sound Attack (10-3-0-1)
9 Kootenay Ice (11-4-0-1)
10 Drummondville Voltigeurs (13-6-1-1)

Damphousse, Desjardins, MacKay and Lapointe To Be Inducted Into QMJHL Hall of Fame

On Tuesday Courteau announced that Vincent Damphousse, Robert Desjardins, Harold MacKay, and Martin Lapointe.
They will be inducted at a ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Montreal on April 6th, 2011.

Damphousse played with Laval for three seasons from 1983-1986 where he scored 123 goals and added 245 assists over 229 games. The team won the President’s Trophy in his rookie season.

Damphousse had eight points in one game twice in his career with one goal and seven assists coming on February 25th 1985 and three goals and five assists coming almost a year later on February 3rd, 1986. That same year he had three goals and four assists in a playoff game on April 13th. He was a QMJHL Second Team All-Star at the end of the 1985-86 season, and the Toronto Maple Leafs selected him sixth overall in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft

Damphousse played 18 seasons in the NHL for four teams—Toronto, Edmonton, Montreal, and San Jose. He found the back of the net 432 times and lent a helping hand on 773 more in 1378 regular season games. He also added 41 goals and 63 assists in 140 post season contests winning the Stanley Cup with Montreal in 1993.

Damphousse was the Canadiens’ captain from 1996-1999. He is ranked 10th all time among retired QMJHLers in scoring.

Desjardins spent four years in the QMJHL with Shawinigan, Hull, Longueuil, and Victoriaville from 1984-1988 and was a QMJHL third-team All-Star in his rookie season (1984-85) and earned first-team All-Star honors in 1985-86 and in 1986-87.
In 1984 Desjardins won the Raymond Lagace Trophy given to the League’s best defensive rookie and won the Jacques Plante Trophy the next season as he had the best goals against average. He won the trophy again in 1987 and was the League MVP that year as well.

During his years with Hull (1985-86) and Longueuil (1986-87) the teams won the President Cup in back-to-back seasons. He also played in three Memorial Cup Tournaments over four years and holds the Longueuil/Victoriaville franchise record for most wins in a regular season with 37.

Desjardins played CIS hockey at Concordia from 1988-1992 being named to the all-star team every year that he was there and was the MVP in 1991. He turned professional with the CHL’s Wichita Thunder in 1992 and played there for three seasons. He was the League’s Rookie of the Year in 1993 and the team MVP in 1994. His jersey is one of only four jerseys retired by the Thunder.

MacKay is responsible for the establishment of the first team in the Maritimes as he was the one who convinced Moosehead Breweries CEO Derek Oland to establish a team in Halifax although at that time all of the League’s teams were inside of Quebec.
The Halifax Mooseheads were born for the 1994-95 season. The team topped the League’s rankings six times that year finishing sixth overall and getting eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. 24 000 fans attended the three game series versus Beauport.

MacKay won the John Herman Trophy given to the Administrator of the Year in 1997.

However, MacKay was more than just an administrator. He was also a believer. He believed in the potential of expanding the QMJHL into the Maritimes where he thought that major junior hockey would prosper.

Lapointe played for Laval from 1989-1993. The right winger found the twine on 149 occasions and helped out on 189 more in 195 regular season games. He added 15 more goals and 31 assists in 27 post season contests.

Lapointe was a First Team All-Star in 1990 and was the winner of the Michel Bergeron Trophy as the Offensive Rookie of the Year. He was a First Team All-Star again in 1993. He made the second team in 1991. Laval won the President’s Trophy in 1990 and 1993.

Lapointe was named to the Memorial Cup All-Star team in 1993 and played for Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships from 1991-1993 winning gold twice in 1991 and 1993.

Detroit selected the 6-foot-1, 215 pound native of Ville Ste-Pierre, QC in the first round, 10th overall of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft.
He played for Detroit, Boston, Chicago, and Ottawa over 18 seasons scoring 181 goals and adding 200 assists in 991 regular season games. In the playoffs he added 19 more goals and 24 assists and won the Stanley Cup twice with Detroit in 1997 and 1998.

Gelinas, Domingue, Danault, and Saulnier added to QMJHL roster for Subway Super Series

Moncton forward Alex Saulnier, Chicoutimi defenseman Eric Gelinas, Quebec goalie Louis Domingue, Victoriaville forward Philip Danault will play for Team QMJHL at the Subway Super Series.

Saulnier replaces Montreal forward Louis-Marc Aubry; Gelinas replaces Saint John rearguard Simon Despres; Domingue was added as another goalie; and Danault replaces Montreal forward Louis Leblanc. All of the replaced players are out due to injury.

Mooseheads Release Clarke

On Monday Halifax Head Coach Bobby Smith announced that the team has released 18 year old defenseman Garrett Clarke from the team immediately.

Smith said that it was better for both parties involved that Clarke leave the team; and the issue will be further addressed at the QMJHL trading period in December.

Clarke has spent three seasons in the QMJHL beginning with Lewiston in 2008-09 before he moved to Halifax the next year. Over 109 games he has scored seven goals and added 24 assists. In four playoff games for the MAINEiacs he never got a point.

Kirkpatrick Becomes Sea Dogs All-Time Goal Scoring Leader

On Friday Saint John centre Michael Kirkpatrick set a new franchise record for goals with the team when he scored his 84th career goal as Saint John blasted Cape Breton 7-2.

The Games This Week

Action began with four games on Wednesday as Guillaume Asselin and Charles Hudon scored for Chicoutimi in their 2-0 shutout of Cape Breton; Joe Dube scored the game winner 3:53 into the third period as Shawinigan edged Acadie-Bathurst 4-3; Cameron Critchlow did likewise for Lewiston as they also posted a 4-3 win over Quebec; and Guillaume Goulet had two goals and one assist, Philip-Michaël Devos, and Phillip Danault found the back of the net once and added two assists each, and Philippe Maillet, Carl-Antoine Deslisle, and Brandon Hynes had a goal and assist each to lead Victoriaville to a 9-1 routing of Baie-Comeau.

Marc-Olivier Vachon led the way with a goal and two assists as Drummondville shut the door on Baie-Comeau 4-0; and Hynes and Danault led the way with two goals and one assist each as Victoriaville skated to a 5-2 win over Val-d’Or on Thursday.
Darcy Ashley lit the lamppost twice in Halifax’s 2-0 win over Chicoutimi; PWI needed overtime and a goal from Philippe Paradis 34 seconds in to get past Shawinigan 3-2; David Gilbert added a goal and two assists in Acadie-Bathurst’s 4-1 win over New Brunswick rivals Moncton; Zack Phillips had two markers and one helper, and Michael Kirkpatrick had a goal and lent a helping hand on two more as Saint John romped to a 7-2 win over Cape Breton; David Rose and Jérémy Gouchie scored for Montreal in the shootout, while Jonathan Audy-Marchessault did the same for Quebec in the Juniors’ 5-4 shootout win; Gatineau got a goal from Hugo Laporte 3:09 into overtime to nip Drummondville 4-3; and Felix Lefrancois’ two goals led Rimouski to a 5-3 win over Rouyn-Noranda on Friday.

Gatineau needed a goal from Laporte with four seconds left in the first overtime to get past Baie-Comeau 1-0; Anton Zlobin scored the game winner with 4:11 left in regulation as Shawinigan nipped Halifax 5-4; Saint John lost their first game at home this season Eric Gelinas and Steve Lebel scored for Chicoutimi, and Jonathan Huberdeau did the same for the Sea Dogs in the Sagueneens in the 4-3 shootout win; Nicholas Champion made 19 saves in Lewiston’s 4-1 victory over Val-d’Or; Louis Leblanc’s goal 49 seconds into the third saw Montreal edge Quebec 3-2; and Rimouski completed the sweep of Rouyn-Noranda with a 4-2 win thanks to Jarrad Struthers’ goal and assist on Saturday night.

The Leaders

Saint John leads both the Maritime Division and overall standings with their 16-3-0-2 record and 34 points. Drummondville (15-6-2-1, 33 points) leads the Telus West Division and is in second place overall; while Telus West leaders Quebec has won 15 games while losing three, no overtime losses, and has two shootout losses for 32 points and third overall.

Devos leads all scorers with 11 goals and 33 assists in 23 games; while Audy-Marchessault in second as he has found the back of the net 10 times while lending a helping hand on 24 contests in the 20 games that he has played in; and Drummondville forwards Sean Couturier and Ondrej Palat finish tied for third place with 33 points (14G, 19A) in 23 games for Couturier and 24 for Palat.

Nadeau is 10-2-2-1 with a 2.03 GAA and .909 SAV% to lead all goalies with Gatineau’s Maxime Clermont (9-3-1-2, 2.16 GAA, 0.905 SAV%) backstops his way into second place; and Chicoutimi’s Christopher Gibson rounds out the top three with his 7-6-1-1 record, a goals against average of 2.20 and .928 SAV%.

The Games To Come

Action resumes on Remembrance Day as Montreal is at home to Cape Breton.

On Friday PEI is in Halifax for a Maritime Division contest; Quebec begins their Eastern road trip with a stop in Bathurst; Moncton’s trip to Quebec starts with a stop in Victoriaville, while their division rivals Cape Breton do likewise in Drummondville; an all Telus East contest will see Chicoutimi in Rimouski; and Rouyn-Noranda is in Val-d’Or in a Telus West matchup.

On Saturday the Wildcats continue their Quebec swing with a game in Drummondville; Gatineau is at home to Telus West rivals Montreal; Rimouski is at home to Cape Breton; Quebec is in PEI; Acadie-Bathurst and Saint John faceoff at Harbour Station; Baie-Comeau is in Lewiston for two games Saturday and Sunday; Rouyn-Noranda is at home to Shawinigan; and Quebec finishes up their Maritime road trip in Saint John.

Three more games will be played on Sunday as Montreal and Drummondville faceoff in Verdun; Victoriaville makes their way to Chicoutimi; and Gatineau hosts Moncton.

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