QMJHL Weekly, April 10th, 2012

Playoffs Continue

The second round of the playoffs got underway with four games on Friday.

Saint John continued their march towards another championship with their fifth consecutive playoff win as they routed Baie-Comeau 9-3. Zack Phillips and Steven MacAulay had a pair each; while Charlie Coyle, Tomas Jurco, Danick Gauthier, Ryan Tesink, and Stanislav Galiev had singles for the Sea Dogs; while Carl Gelinas had a pair and Lukas Cingel a single for the Drakkar. Phillips, Jurco, and Galiev all had a pair each; while Jonathan Huberdeau, Kevin Gagne, and Charles-Olivier Roussel scored once each as the Sea Dogs are halfway to another series sweep with a 10-2 rout on Saturday. David Rose and Jonathan Lessard added the Drakkar markers. Games three, four, and five if necessary will take place in Baie-Comeau on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Jeremie Malouin, Anthony Duclair, Martin Lefebvre, and Gabriel Desjardins scored for Quebec as the Remparts doubled Halifax 4-2. Darcy Ashley and Nathan MacKinnon added the Mooseheads’ markers. Quebec needed overtime and a goal from Malouin at the 19:54 mark of the first overtime to take a 2-0 lead in the series with a 4-3 win on Saturday. The Remparts’ other three goals came from Logan Shaw, Mikhail Grigorenko, and Desjardins; while MacKinnon had two; and Matthew Boudreau had the single for the Mooseheads. Games three, four, and five if necessary will take place in Halifax on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Rimouski got goals from Peter Trainor, Francis Beauvillier, Petr Straka, Pier-Luc Pelletier, and Jean-Francois Plante as the Oceanic skated to a 5-3 win over Blainville-Boisband. Marc-Olivier Roy, Cedric Paquette, and Olivier Hinse added the Armada markers. The Armada tied the series at one game each with a 2-0 win on Saturday as Jess Tanguay and Raphael Pouliot found the back of the net for Blainville-Boisband. Games three and four will take place in Rimouski on Tuesday and Wednesday with game five being played in Boisband on Friday and game six if necessary back in Rimouski on Sunday.

It was a scoring fest in Shawinigan that saw Chicoutimi coming out on top of a 7-6 overtime win as they Sagueneens got goals from Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Christian Ouellet who had a pair each; and Lukas Sedlak, Yoan Pinette, and Guillaum Asselin had a single each; while the Cataractes got goals from Anton Zloban who had two; and Morgan Ellis, Brandon Gormley, Loik Poudrier, and Kirill Kabanov got singles. The tables were turned as the Cataractes dealt the Sagueneens a 7-2 blowout on Saturday to tie the series at one game each. Gormley scored twice; while Ellis, Mitchell Maynard, Jonathan Narbonne, Poudrier, and Vincent Arseneau added singles. Pinette and Asselin scored for Chicoutimi. The series resumes with games three and four in Chicoutimi on Tuesday and Wednesday; while game five will be played back in Shawinigan on Friday and game six if necessary in Chicoutimi on Sunday.

QMJHL Hall Of Fame Gets Five New Members

On Thursday the QMJHL Hall of Fame inducted five new members during the Golden Puck Awards at the Hyatt-Regency Hotel in Montreal.

“Tonight, we celebrate the careers of four hockey legends, individuals who left their mark on Quebec Major Junior Hockey League history,” said Michel Côté, the President of the QMJHL Hall of Fame Committee. “We have the pleasure of inducting four players and one builder: Pierre Sévigny, Steve Duchesne, Michel Goulet, Richard Brodeur and Charles Henry. I would like to welcome them to this prestigious institution and congratulate them on a well-deserved honour.”

Here is a brief career overview of each inductee:

Richard Brodeur

Teams: Verdun Maple Leafs, 1970-71; Cornwall Royals, 1970-71 & 1971-72

Goalie Brodeur was born in Longueuil, OC on September 15th, 1952 and was 5’7” and 140 lbs.

He played for the Verdun Maple Leafs from 1970-71 and the Cornwall Royals from 1971-1972. During that time he went 62-33-2 with a 3.72 GAA and 0.894 SAV%.

Brodeur made the QMJHL First Team All-Star list in his first season as he led the Leaguen in wins with 43 (franchise record); had a 2.93 GAA, and five shutouts (also a franchise record). For those numbers he earned the Jacques Plante Trophy. The Cornwall Royals took the Presidents and Memorial Cups that year with Brodeur posting a history making 1.67 GAA that would stand for 32 years until Kelly Guard posted a 1.75 one in 2003. He was given the Stafford Smythe Trophy awarded to the MVP of the Memorial Cup that year.
The New York Islanders selected him in the seventh round, 97th overall in the 1972 NHL Entry Draft; but Brodeur began his pro career with the WHA’s Quebec Nordiques from 1971-1979.

In nine NHL season he recorded 385 wins with the Islanders, Vancouver Canucks, and the Hartford Whalers leading the Canucks to the Stanley Cup finals in 1982.

Michel Goulet

The 6’1” 182 lb native of Peribonka, QC played for the Quebec Remparts from 1976-1978; and the Quebec Nordiques took him 20th overall in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft.

In his rookie season of 1976-77 the left winger set a team record for freshmen with three goals and three assists in one game and registered 35 points (17G, 18A) in 37 games.

In 1977-78, he collected 73 goals and 62 assists in 72 games. He also set a team record with 5 assists in one game.

He played with the WHA’s Birmingham Bulls from 1978-1979.

In 15 NHL seasons Goulet scored 548 goals while adding 604 assists for 1152 points in 1089 games with Quebec and the Chicago Blackhawks.

He scored seven seasons of 40 or more goals, including a career best 57 in 1982-83.

In 1984 and 1987, he played in the Canada Cup. In 16 games, he collected 16 points, including 7 goals.

The Quebec Nordiques retired his # 16 jersey on March 16th, 1995.

Pierre Sévigny

Sevigny played for the Trois-Rivières Draveurs (1978-79, 1979-80, 1980-81 and 1981-82); Quebec Remparts( 1978-79); and Chicoutimi Saguenéens, 1978-79 and 1979-80.

The 5’6” 171 lb rearguard who was born on January 8th, 1961 found the back of the net 58 times and lent a helping hand on 260 more for 318 points in 256 games.

Sevigny made the First Team All-Star in 1981 and the third team in 1982.

His record for most assists by a defenseman stood for 20 years and he was the playoff assist leader among rearguards with 58.

In the 1981 playoffs he recorded 33 points and added 40 more in 1982; and those records stood for 15 years. On April 22nd, 1982 he established the record for most points by a defenseman in the playoffs with six.

From 1982 to 1984, he was the top point-getter among defensemen in QMJHL history.

His record for 82 playoff points for defenseman still stands.

Steve Duchesne

Duchesne is a 6’0” 190 lb rearguard who hails from Sept-Iles, QC and played for Drummondville from 1982-1985.

Duchesne was never drafted into the NHL and signed with the Los Angeles Kings as a free agent on October 1st, 1984.

While with the Voltigeurs he scored 28 times and assisted on 109 more in 198 games and was named a first team all-star after the 1984-85 season.

Duchesne still holds the team record for most points by a defenseman in a single season with 81in 1984-85.
He made the NHL All-Rookie team in 1987 and played in three All-Star games: 1989, 1990 and 1993.
He won the Stanley Cup in 2002 with the Detroit Red Wings.

In 16 NHL seasons, he scored 227 goals and 525 assists for a total of 752 points in 1,113 games with six franchises: Los Angeles Kings, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Quebec Nordiques, the St. Louis Blues, the Ottawa Senators and the Detroit Red Wings.

Charles Henry

Henry was born in Vanier, ON on November 23rd 1938 and is recognized as one of the greatest builders in League history.

Henry was Governor and GM of the Gatineau Olympiques from 1985-2010.

During that period the franchise made the playoffs 27 consecutive years and won a record 7 President Cups (1986, 1988, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2004 & 2008) and a Memorial Cup title (1997).

He was at the head of the committee that organized the Memorial Cup Tournament held at the Robert-Guertin Centre in the spring of 1997.

At the conclusion of the 1998-99 season, he was awarded the John-Horman Trophy as the QMJHL Executive of the Year.

Charles Henry had a keen eye for talent. Several dozens of players benefited from their internship with the Olympiques to develop their skills before making the jump to the National Hockey League and enjoying prolific careers, including Luc Robitaille, Martin Gélinas, Jeremy Roenick, José Théodore, Jiri Fisher, Radim Vrbata, Michael Ryder, Ales Hemsky, Maxime Talbot and Claude Giroux.

Among head coaches, he is credited with launching the careers of Pat Burns, Alain Vigneault and Claude Julien.

With information from the QMJHL

Golden Puck Awards Handed Out

Also on Thursday the League had their awards night.

Award Winners:

Jacques-Plante Trophy – goalie with the best individual average
Mathieu Corbeil, Saint John Sea Dogs: Corbeil went 37-10-0-1 with a 2.38 GAA, and 0.911 SAV% this season

RDS Cup – Rookie of the Year/Michael Bossy Trophy for Best Pro Prospect
Mikhail Grigorenko, Québec Remparts: Grigorenko was the League’s top scoring rookie with 45 goals and 45 assists and a +35 this season.

Ron-Lapointe Trophy – Coach of the year
Jean-François Houle, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada: Houle hoisted his team at the forefront of the TELUS Western division and third overall in scoring with 86 points. He led his team masterfully, making the most of each of his players, in this, the first year of club’s existence

Jean Béliveau Trophy – Top Scorer/Michel Briere Trophy for MVP
Yanni Gourde, Victoriaville Tigres: The forward found the back of the net 37 times; lent a helping hand on 87 more; and finished a +29.

Marcel-Robert Trophy –TELUS Scholastic Player of the Year
Jonathan Brunelle, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles: On top of maintaining an exemplary academic file, Brunelle is also a role model for his teammates just as much off as on the ice.

Humanitarian and community involvement Trophy presented by the Public Relations FIRM NATIONAL
Vincent Barnard, Quebec Remparts: Barnard was involved in his community from the beginning of his junior career, however he outdid himself this year. His great work earned him the Humanitarian award.

Emile-Bouchard Trophy – Best defenseman
Jérôme Gauthier-Leduc, Rimouski Océanic: The defenseman scored 28 goals and added 46 assists; and finished a +41 in 62 games.

Frank-J.-Selke – Most sportsmanlike player
Zach O’Brien, Acadie-Bathurst Titan: O’Brien scored 50 times while helping out on 51 more while adding no penalty minutes in his major junior career.

Maurice-Filion Trophy – General Manager of the Year
Joël Bouchard, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada: Joël Bouchard was named General Manager of the year for his excellent work with the Armada. He was able to attract crowds whilst organizing his team in record time this season.

Paul-Dumont Trophy – Personality of the year
Jonathan Huberdeau – Saint John Sea Dogs: Huberdeau showed leadership and an exemplary behaviour during the season. He was able to positively showcase the Sea Dogs organisation as well as the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

All-Star Teams
1st All Star Team
G – Roman Will (Moncton Wildcats)
D – Jérôme Gauthier Leduc (Rimouski Océanic); Xavier Ouellet (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
C – Mikhail Grigorenko (Quebec Remparts)
LW – Yanni Gourde (Victoriaville Tigres)
RW – Frédérick Roy (Quebec Remparts)

2nd All Star Team
G – Mathieu Corbeil (Saint John Sea Dogs)
D – Morgan Ellis (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and Shawinigan Cataractes); Nathan Beaulieu (Saint John Sea Dogs)
C – Zach O’Brien (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
LW – Jonathan Huberdeau (Saint John Sea Dogs)
RW – Sébastien Trudeau (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)

Rookie All-Star Team
G – Zachary Fucale (Halifax Mooseheads)
D – Nikolas Brouillard (Drummondville Voltigeurs); Samuel Morin (Rimouski Océanic)
C – Mikhail Grigorenko (Remparts de Quebec)
LW – Anthony Duclair (Remparts de Quebec)
RW – Sven Andrighetto (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)

The Leaders

Philllips leads all playoff scorers with six goals and 15 assists in six games; while Coyle is second with 10 goals and 10 assists in six games; and Galiev rounds out the top three with six goals and 12 assists in the six games that he has skated in.

Quebec netminder Louis Domingue is 6-0-0 with a 2.12 GAA and 0.906 SAV5; while Saint John backstopper Mathieu Corbeil also has a 6-0-0 record to compliment his 2.17 GAA and 0.912 SAV%; and Halifax goalie Zachary Fucale (4-1-1-0, 2.44 GAA, 0.904 SAV%) rounds out the top three.

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