QMJHL Weekly: April 7th, 2013

Halifax, Baie-Comeau, and Blainville-Boisbriand Lead Series 2-0; Rouyn-Noranda and Quebec Tied At 1-1

After the first two games of the quarterfinal round this past weekend Halifax, Baie-Comeau, and Blainville-Boisbriand all lead their series two games to none; while Rouyn-Noranda and Quebec are tied at one game each.

Halifax has not let Gatineau score one goal winning game one 7-0 on Friday night and 5-0 on Saturday.

Stefan Fournier led the way with two goals; while Konrad Abeltshauser, Darcy Ashley, Jonathan Drouin, Mattheu Boudreau, and Stephen MacAulay added singles; while Andrew Ryan, Luca Ciampini, Brent Andrews, MacAulay, and Fournier scored Saturday night.

In Baie-Comeau on Friday Jeremy Gregoire scored a pair; while Petr Straka, Gabriel Verplast, and Dominic Poulin added singels as the Drakkar skated to a 5-3 win over Victoriaville. Carl-Antoine Deslisle, Michael Rheaume, and Philippe Hudon replied for the Tigres. Gregoire and Straka both scored twice; while Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau and Alexandre Chenevert added singles as the Drakkar beat the Tigres 6-2. Deslisle and Angelo Miceli scored for Victoriaville.

The first game of the Armada-Foreurs’ series on Friday night was very one sided with Blanville-Boisbriand coming out with a 10-1 win. Marc-Olivier Roy, Cedric Paquette, Tommy Giroux, and Nikita Jevpalovs scored twice each; while Samuel Carrier and Robert MacKenzie added singles. Brandon Hynes scored the lone Val-d’Or marker. It was a much closer affair on Saturday as the Armada came out on the winning end of a 5-4 score. Paquette scored twice; while Christopher Clapperton, Stefan Matteau Jr, and Danick Martel added singles for Blainville-Boisbriand. Randy Gazzola, Artem Sergeev, Pierre-Maxime Poudrier, and Loik Poudrier found the back of the net for the Foreurs.

Rouyn-Noranda skated into Quebec City and came out with a 6-1 win on Friday thanks to two goals each from Gabriel Slight and Maxime St-Cyr; while Nikita Kucherov and Gabriel Desjardins added singles. Adam Erne scored for Quebec. The Remparts turned the tables with a 4-2 win on Saturday with Erne adding a pair; and Logan Shaw and Marc-Antoine Carrier singles. Desjardins scored both Huskies’ goals.

Golden Puck Awards Handed Out

On Wednesday the Golden Puck Awards were handed out at the Hyatt-Regency Hotel in Montreal.

This year 12 trophies were handed out; and four junior hockey legends were also inducted into the QMJHL Hockey Hall of Fame, presented by RDS.
The four inducted were Sylvan Cote, Jean-Claude Morrissette, Marc Saumier, and Felix Potvin.

“This evening represents a superb gathering,” said the Commissioner, Gilles Courteau. “Over 350 people were present to welcome and honour four new members to our Hall of Fame: Jean-Claude Morrissette, Marc Saumier, Félix Potvin and Sylvain Côté. This event was made even more special as past legends receive the recognition they deserve for their exceptional careers next to the biggest names of tomorrow. In fact some of our award winners might one day become future inductees.”

Winners:
Jacques-Plante Trophy – Goalie with the best goals-against-average
Étienne Marcoux, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada
The Terrebonne native played in 42 games of which he won 27. Moreover, he registered four shutouts and maintained a 0.913 save percentage and a league-best 2.14 goals-against-average.

RDS Cup – Rookie of the Year
Valentin Zykov, Baie-Comeau Drakkar
Zykov captured the RDS Cup thanks to his remarkable performances during his rookie year. He is highly touted by many as being a strong prospect for the next NHL Entry Draft.

Ron-Lapointe Trophy – Coach of the Year
Dominique Ducharme, Halifax Mooseheads
Ducharme brought his team to the forefront of the general standings with an impressive total of 120 points. He led his team masterfully, getting the most out of each of his players. He was instrumental in making the Mooseheads one of the best junior teams in the country.

Jean Béliveau Trophy – Top Scorer
Ben Duffy, Prince-Edouard-Island Rocket
The PEI Rocket forward scored 39 goals and added 71 assists for a total of 110 points in 68 games. He also maintained a +/- differential of +17.

Marcel-Robert Trophy –TELUS Scholastic Player of the Year
Charles-David Beaudoin, Drummondville Voltigeurs
Beaudoin is a determined young man both on and off the ice. After completing high school, he took humanities/administration courses with the firm intention to finish his CEGEP in only two years. In order to accomplish this, Charles-David took distance-learning courses and summer classes on top of his regular course work.

Humanitarian and Community Involvement Trophy presented by NATIONAL Public Relations
Konrad Abeltshauser, Halifax Mooseheads
Abeltshauser was involved in his community from the beginning of his junior career; however he outdid himself this year. His great work and dedication earned him the prestigious award.

Emile-Bouchard Trophy – Defenseman of the Year
Kevin Gagné, Rimouski Océanic and Saint John Sea Dogs
The Edmundston native defenseman scored 17 goals and added 54 assists for an impressive total of 71 points in 62 games. Gagné also posted a +/- differential of +11. Kevin Gagné just signed his first professional contract with the Anaheim Ducks.

Frank-J.-Selke – Most sportsmanlike player
Zach O’Brien, Acadie-Bathurst Titan
For a second consecutive season, Zach O’Brien wins the Frank-J.-Selke trophy. With a total of 92 points, including 47 goals, O’Brien is an impact player for the Titan, but what set him apart for this honour was the lack of penalties he gathered during his career. He got his first and only penalty this season.

Michael-Bossy Trophy – Best professional prospect
Jonathan Drouin, Halifax Mooseheads
Jonathan Drouin is one of the greatest prospects of the QMJHL for the next NHL Entry Draft. With an incredible career high of 105 points, including 41 goals and 64 assists in only 49 games, he led the Mooseheads to the top spot in the League standings. He also maintained a +/- differential of +49.

Maurice-Filion Trophy – General Manager of the Year

Philippe Boucher, Rimouski Oceanic
Philippe Boucher was awarded the General Manager of the year for his excellent work with the Oceanic. He was able to present a young and highly competitive team despite numerous injuries to key players.

Paul-Dumont Trophy – Personality of the year
Jonathan Drouin, Halifax Mooseheads
Drouin showed leadership and was a great ambassador for the QMJHL all through the season. He was able to positively showcase the Mooseheads organisation as well as the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He performed at a high level during the World Junior Championships in Ufa and the Subway Super Series against the Russian prospects.

Michel-Brière Trophy – Most Valuable Player
Jonathan Drouin, Halifax Mooseheads
On top of getting the Michael Bossy and Paul Dumont trophies, Jonathan Drouin was also named the most valuable player for the 2012-13 season.

All-Star Teams
1st All-Star Team
G – Zachary Fucale (Halifax Mooseheads)
D – Kevin Gagné (Rimouski Océanic/Saint John Sea Dogs)
D – Xavier Ouellet (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
C – Josh Currie (Prince-Edouard-Island Rocket)
LW – Jonathan Drouin (Halifax Mooseheads)
RW – Dmitrij Jaskin (Moncton Wildcats)

2nd All-Star Team
G – Étienne Marcoux (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
D – Mathieu Brisebois (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
D – Konrad Abeltshauser (Halifax Mooseheads)
C – Nathan MacKinnon (Halifax Mooseheads)
LW – Peter Trainor (Rimouski Océanic)
RW – Anthony Mantha (Val-d’Or Foreurs)

Rookie All-Star Team
G – Philippe Desrosiers (Rimouski Océanic)
D – Jan Kostalek (Rimouski Océanic)
D – Mackenzie Weegar (Halifax Mooseheads)
C – Frédérik Gauthier (Rimouski Océanic)
LW – Ivan Barbashev (Moncton Wildcats)
RW – Valentin Zykov (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)

Jean-Claude Morrissette (Builder)
Jean-Claude Morrissette was born in Lac-Bouchette, in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec on April 21, 1946.
Jean-Claude Morrissette worked for over ten years in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He is one of the leaders of the Morrissette family that has greatly influenced Quebec Junior hockey. He hired talented and prestigious coaches such as Michel Therrien and Bob Hartley who both made their way to the NHL.

During his time in the QMJHL, Jean-Claude Morrissette enjoyed tremendous success. His teams were made in his image, evolving with heart and character. Jean-Claude Morissette made his debut in the QMJHL as governor of the Laval Titan in 1987.
He won three President Cups with the Laval Titan (1989, 1990, 1993). He also won the John Horman Trophy with the same team in 1994, awarded annually to the Executive of the Year.

He continued his career in the world of junior hockey in Quebec with the Granby Predateurs. That team led him to his fourth President Cup in 1996.
That same edition of the Granby Predateurs also allowed him to raise the prestigious Memorial Cup on May 19, 1996, awarded annually to the best junior hockey team in the country. It was the first Canadian championship for a QMJHL team since the Cornwall Royals in 1981.
He retired from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 1997 after more than ten years at the helm of winning teams.

Marc Saumier

Marc Saumier was born in the city of Hull, Quebec on April 18, 1967. A right-handed center player measuring 5’8” and weighing 181 lbs.

Information on his career
Teams during his time in the QMJHL:
Hull: 1984-85, 1985-86, 1987-88; Longueuil: 1985-86, 1986-87

Saumier was the 182nd overall pick in the QMJHL entry draft in 1984; 16th round pick of the Hull Olympiques.

He never played for the Midget AAA development league, but opted instead for the Midget AA in Hull.

During his QMJHL career in both regular season and playoffs Saumier scored a total of 167 goals and added 302 assists for a total of 469 points. He also accumulated an impressive 1 171 penalty minutes.

During the 1985-86 season, he was part of a major trade sending him and four other players to the Longueuil Chevaliers in exchange for Guy Rouleau. During his last junior season in 1987-88, he finished in 3rd place for leading scorers with 166 points in 59 games played.

During the same season, his streak of 39 consecutive games with at least one point (at the time the 7th best in QMJHL history), eclipsed the Olympique’s franchise record of 34, established by Guy Rouleau in 1985-86.

He won the President Cup in 1987 with the Longueuil Chevaliers and in 1988 with the Hull Olympiques. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the playoffs in both those consecutive conquests and was awarded as a result the Guy Lafleur trophy, a feat only one other player was able to accomplish in the League’s history: Maxime Talbot with the Olympiques (2003-2004).

In 1988, he also won the Michel-Brière Memorial Trophy awarded to the Most Valuable Player and was named to the first all-star team.

Saumier is ranked 10th in the League’s history in playoffs with a total of 89 points in 44 games. He has a glowing average of 2.023 points per game.

Sylvain Côté

Côté was born in Quebec City on January 19, 1966. A 6’0”, 172 lbs defenseman. He was the Quebec Remparts first overall pick during the QMJHL’s 1982 Entry Draft

Information on his career

Teams during his QMJHL career:

Quebec Remparts: 1982-83, 1983-84, 1984-85; Hull Olympiques: 1985-86

In 178 regular season and playoff games in the QMJHL, Sylvain Côté scored 42 goals and added 127 assists for a total of 179 points. Early on, he caught the eyes of NHL recruiters making him the 11th overall pick of the Hartford Whalers in the first round of the 1984 NHL Draft.

At 18, he made the jump to the NHL in Hartford before returning to play a season in the QMJHL to finish off his junior career on a high note.

During his last season in the QMJHL, even though he had only played 26 games, the 43 points he collected were enough to influence the League to award him the Emile Bouchard trophy given annually to the best defenseman of the year. It was also during this season that Sylvain Côté was finally able to raise the President Cup with the Hull Olympiques in 1986. He was awarded the Guy Lafleur trophy handed out annually to the Most Valuable Player of the playoffs, which he shared with Luc Robitaille.

He was selected in 1984 to be part of the Junior Hockey Canada team.

Côté was named to the 3rd QMJHL All-Star team in 1982-83, the 2nd all-star team in 1983-84 and the 1st all-star team in 1985-86.
During his 19 seasons in the NHL, Sylvian Côté wore the uniforms of the Harford Whalers, Washington Capitals, Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks and Dallas Stars. He played a total of 1 171 games during the regular season with a total of 122 goals and 313 assists for 435 points.

Félix Potvin

Félix Potvin was born in Anjou Quebec on June 23, 1971. A 6’1’’, 175 lbs goaltender, he was the 15th overall pick of the QMJHL Entry Draft in 1988.

Information on his career:

Team during his time in the QMJHL
Chicoutimi Saguenéens (1988-89, 1989-90, 1990-91).

During his junior career, Potvin had a total of 105 wins, 77 losses and 7 tied games for a total of 204 games played in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Nicknamed “The Cat”, he raised the President Cup in 1991 with the Saguenéens after their win against the Drummondville Voltigeurs. During these playoffs, he was also awarded the Guy Lafleur trophy, given annually to the Most Valuable Player. For the 1990-1991 season he was awarded the Jacques Plante Memorial Trophy handed out for his goals-against-average of 2.70, a new league record at the time.

He was named the best goaltender of the Memorial Cup in 1991 and won the Hap Emms trophy, on top of being named to the all-star team of the tournament.

Potvin was named in the QMJHL rookie All-Star team in 1988-89, on the second All-Star team in 1989-90 and the first All-Star team in 1990-91.
In 1990, he was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round of the National Hockey League’s annual draft; 31st overall.

During his 15 seasons in the NHL, Félix Potvin wore the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Islanders, Vancouver Canucks, Los Angeles Kings and Boston Bruins jerseys.

Courtesy QMJHL

Wildcats Release Flynn

On Monday the Moncton Wildcats announced that they have relieved Danny Flynn of his Head Coaching duties so he can focus on being the team’s Director of Hockey Operations.

The Wildcats want to thank Flynn for his contributions in the past and for his future support.

Screaming Eagles Will Draft First

On Thursday it was announced that the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles will have the first pick in the 2013 Entry Draft in Chicoutimi.
League Executive VP Marcel Patenude made the draw.

Eight QMJHL Players Invited To Team Canada U18 Training Camp

When Hockey Canada announced the training camp roster for the World U18 Championships on Friday, eight QMJHLers were invited.

They are:

Rimouski teammates goalie Philippe Desrosiers; defenseman Samuel Morin; and forward Fererik Gauthier; Shawinigan defenseman Dylan Labbe; Cape Breton forward Clark Bishop; Chicoutimi forward Laurent Dauphin; and PEI teammates and forwards Yan-Pavel Plante and Alexis Pepin.
The World U18s will take place from April 18th-28th in Sochi, Russia.

Canadian Training Camp Roster

Goaltenders
Philippe Desrosiers R 6’1” 187 08/16/95 St-Hyacinthe, QC/ Rimouski (QMJHL) 2013 Dft
Spencer Martin L 6’2” 192 06/08/95 Oakville, ON/Mississauga (OHL) 2013 Dft

Defence
Dillon Heatherington L 6’4” 196 05/09/95 Calgary, AB/Swift Current (WHL) 2013 Dft
Joe Hicketts L 5’8” 174 05/04/96 Kamloops, BC/Victoria (WHL) 2014 Dft
Dylan Labbé L 6’2” 189 01/09/95 St-Benjamin, QC/Shawinigan (QMJHL) 2013 Dft
Roland McKeown R 6’1” 186 01/20/96 Listowel, ON/Kingston (OHL) 2014 Dft
Samuel Morin L 6’6” 203 07/12/95 St-Henri, QC/Rimouski (QMJHL) 2013 Dft
Josh Morrissey L 6’0” 185 03/28/95 Calgary, AB/Prince Albert (WHL) 2013 Dft
Shea Theodore L 6’2” 175 08/03/95 Aldergrove, BC/Seattle (WHL) 2013 Dft

Forwards
Sam Bennett L 6’0” 168 06/20/96 Holland Landing, ON/Kingston (OHL) 2014 Dft
Clark Bishop L 5’11” 173 03/29/96 St. John’s, NL/Cape Breton (QMJHL) 2014 Dft
Laurent Dauphin L 6’0” 183 03/26/95 Repentigny, QC/Chicoutimi (QMJHL) 2013 Dft
Jason Dickinson L 6’2” 176 07/04/95 Georgetown, ON?Guelph (OHL) 2013 Dft
Frédérik Gauthier L 6’4” 215 04/26/95 Saint-Lin-Laurentides, QC/Rimouski (QMJHL) 2013 Dft
Yan-Pavel Laplante L 6’0” 172 04/23/95 Ste-Martine, QC/PEI (QMJHL) 2013 Dft
Morgan Klimchuk L 5’11” 180 03/02/95 Calgary, AB/Regina (WHL) 2013 Dft
Connor McDavid L 5’11” 175 01/13/97 Newmarket, ON/Erie (OHL) 2015 Dft
Alexis Pépin R 6’2” 196 04/24/96 Candiac, QC/PEI (QMJHL) 2014 Dft
Brayden Point R 5’8” 155 03/12/96 Calgary, AB/Moose Jaw (WHL) 2014 Dft
Sam Reinhart R 6’0” 182 11/06/95 West Vancouver, BC/Kootenay (WHL) 2014 Dft
Nick Ritchie L 6’2” 218 12/05/95 Orangeville, ON/Peterborough (OHL) 2014 Dft

Invited, unable to attend
Darnell Nurse L 6’5″ 192 02/04/95 Hamilton, ON/Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) 2014 Dft

Head Coach: Don Hay Kamloops, BC/Vancouver (WHL)
Assistant Coach Jody Hull Petrolia, ON/Peterborough (OHL); Yves Sarault Valleyfield, QC/Hockey Canada
Goaltending Consultant Ron Tugnutt Peterborough, ON/Hockey Canada
Video Coach Chris Chisamore Calgary, AB/Lethbridge (WHL)

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