QMJHL Weekly: December 14th, 2011

Gourde, Marcoux, and Dubeau Are Telus Three Stars

Victoriaville left winger Yanni Gourde, Blainville-Boisband netminder Etienne Marcoux, and Shawinigan goalie Alex Dubeau are the Telus Three Stars of the Week for the week ending December 11th, 2011.

Gourde began the week with two goals, two assists, and the first star of the game award as Victoriaville skated to a 5-3 win over Rimouski on Friday. He scored once and lent a helping hand on one more as the Tigres completed the weekend with an 8-7 loss to Rouyn-Noranda on Saturday.

Marcoux made 13 saves as the Armada skated to a 6-1 win over Val-d’Or Friday night and made 30 more and was the game’s first star as the team blasted Cape Breton 7-0 on Saturday.

Dubeau began the week with 14 saves through the first 43:57 of the game before being replaced by Gabriel Girard as Shawinigan lost 3-2 to Baie-Comeau on Tuesday. He followed that up with 34 more and was rewarded with the first star of the game honors as Shawinigan blanked Drummondville 3-0 on Friday.

RDS Mid-Season Rookies Announced

On Tuesday the League announced the RDS mid-season rookies.

Rookies will be honoured during a pre-game ceremony with the presentation of a beautiful plaque thatrecognizes their accomplishments.

”RDS is intent on highlighting the talent of young hockey players throughout Québec. We salute the determination, persistence and ambition of these 17 first-year players, whohave made a significant difference in the first half of the QJMHL schedule. We wish them the continued success they deserve for the remainder of the season”, said Patrick Jutras, Vice President, Sales and Marketing of RDS.

The RDS Rookie of the Year will receive the RDS Trophy at the Golden Puck Awards Gala, which will be held in Montreal on April 4, 2012.

RDS mid-season rookies
Acadie-Bathurst Titan – Christophe Lalancette
Baie-Comeau Drakkar – Alexandre Ranger
Blainville-Boisbriand Armada – Christopher Clapperton
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles – Jean-Simon Deslauriers
Chicoutimi Saguenéens – Jérémy Grégoire
Drummondville Voltigeurs – Nikolas Brouillard
Gatineau Olympiques – Alex Soumakis
Halifax Mooseheads – Nathan MacKinnon
Moncton Wildcats – Brandon Shea
P.E.I. Rocket – Matej Beran
Québec Remparts – Mikhail Grigorenko
Rimouski Océanic – Peter Trainor
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies – Sven Andrighetto
Saint John Sea Dogs – Oliver Cooper
Shawinigan Cataractes – Frédérick Gaudreau
Val-d’Or Foreurs – Matt Murphy
Victoriaville Tigres – Brandon Whitney

Four QMJHL Teams Make CHL Top 10

When the CHL rankings were announced last Wednesday four QMJHL teams made the cut.

Saint John remained at second, Quebec at fourth, Shawinigan at sixth, and Victoriaville at 10th.

BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings – Week 12
1 London Knights (22-6-0-1)
2 Saint John Sea Dogs (25-8-0-1)
3 Tri-City Americans (22-7-0-0)
4 Quebec Remparts (23-6-2-1)
5 Plymouth Whalers (19-8-2-1)
6 Shawinigan Cataractes (20-9-2-2)
7 Kamloops Blazers (20-7-1-0)
8 Kitchener Rangers (20-8-1-0)
9 Saskatoon Blades (19-11-0-1)
10 Victoriaville Tigres (20-10-0-1)
Honourable Mention: Portland Winterhawks (20-9-1-1), Belleville Bulls (19-9-0-0), Edmonton Oil Kings (19-8-1-2)

QMJHL To Host CHL/NHL Officiating Development Camp

The QMJHL will host 16 Canadian Hockey League officials for the CHL/NHL officials development camp in Trois-Rivieres from December 9th-11th.

Former NHL supervisor Charles Banfield and former NHL official Dan McCourt will tutor the officials. The two will also evaluate referees and linesmen for recruitment to the NHL.

Ex-NHL referee and current NHL supervisor Bill McCreary and Dave Smith who is in charge of conditioning for NHL officials will be the two guest speakers.

QMJHL Director of Officiating, Richard Trottier will hold a workshop on the monitoring processes of officials. The Directors of officiating from the OHL and the WHL will also be on hand.

Held on an annual basis, this development camp is organized by the League hosting the MasterCard Memorial Cup Tournament.

The officials who will participate in the development camp are:
ADAIR Tyler WHL
CLARKE Stephen QMJHL
CHRICH Chris WHL
DUSSUREAULT François QMJHL
CÔTÉ Alexandre QMJHL
FLECK Andy QMJHL
LAMBERT Pierre QMJHL
HUOT Pierre-Luc QMJHL
LESSARD Benoit QMJHL
LABONTÉ Guillaume QMJHL
NICHOLSON Kendrick OHL
MacCORMACK Josh QMJHL
PICCOTT Devin QMJHL
MARTINEAU Benoit QMJHL
RANK Garrett OHL
SHEPPARD Peter QMJHL

CHL and Member Clubs Raise over $128,000 in Support of Movember

On Wednesday the CHL announced that 39 teams with 563 $128 222.00 from Movember in support of men’s health and prostrate cancer awareness.

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the results of a league-wide initiative where 39 teams consisting of 563 registered members raised $128,222 through their participation in Movember in support of men’s health and prostate cancer awareness.

That amount put them in 14th place among all registered Canadian networks.

The “Mofficials” made up of WHL officials raised the most money with $33 445.00 and finished as the 33rd ranked team in Canada.

The WHL’s Calgary Hitmen was the biggest money raising team raising $13 972.00; while the OHL”s Niagara IceDogs pitched in $11 251.00, and the PEI Rocket $9 085.00.

Among individuals IceDogs’ owner Bill Burke was the biggest fundraiser at $6 170.00 puttinghim 96th in Canada. The biggest fundraising player was PEI right winger Patrick McGrath at $5 690.00.

“On behalf of the Canadian Hockey League I would like to congratulate all participants for their incredible amount of energy and commitment to raising awareness and funds for Movember and thank the many friends, family, sponsors, and fans of the CHL that contributed to such a worthy cause,” said CHL President David Branch. “It was outstanding to see the tremendous support our players and teams received across the CHL in our first year that we are already looking forwarded to next year’s campaign and a continued partnership with Movember.”

The CHL helped contribute to the over $38 million raised by participants across Canada and the $108 million raised worldwide with an increase of over $30 million over the 2010 campaign.

The funds raised are directed to programs run directly by Movember and men’s health partner, Prostate Cancer Canada. Together the two channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programs in line with strategic goals in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.

Swiss Announce Training Camp Roster

On Friday the Swiss National Junior Team Head Coach Manuele Celio announced the 33 candidates for the National Junior Team for the World Junior Hockey Championships in Calgary and Edmonton from December 26th, 2011-January 5th, 2012.

The camp will include eight players who play in the CHL with Sven Andrighetto of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies the lone QMJHLer.

Seven players are returnees, and among them is Sven Bärtschi who is fourth in scoring in the WHL for the Portland Winterhawks with 12 goals and 41 assists. Bartschi was drafted 13th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by Calgary; and all of the Swiss games will be played at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

Twenty two players join in from Swiss clubs including nine from the National League A, the top men’s league.

The 25 players from European teams will assemble on Monday for a training camp in Lenzerheide and a first cut will be made following the four-day camp. The team will then travel to Canada on 17th December for a preparation camp in Red Deer including exhibition games against the USA (21st Dec. in Camrose) and Canada (22nd Dec. in Red Deer).

Switzerland plays its first game of the 2012 World Juniors on Boxing Day against reigning U20 world champion Russia.

Switzerland’s camp roster

Goalkeepers:
Luca Boltshauser, Färjestad Karlstad (SWE U20)
Lukas Meili, GCK Lions Zurich (SUI-2)
Tim Wolf, GCK Lions Zurich (SUI-2)

Defensemen:
Phil Baltisberger, GCK Lions Zurich (SUI-2)
Samuel Guerra, HC Davos (SUI)
Cédric Hächler, Malmö Redhawks (SWE U20)
Dean Kukan, Luleå Hockey (SWE U20)
Christian Marti, Kloten Flyers (SUI)
Mirco Müller, Kloten Flyers (SUI U20)
Kewin Orellana, SC Bern (SUI U20)
Anthony Rouiller, EHC Biel (SUI U20)
Dave Sutter, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
Dario Trutmann, Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
Mike Vermeille, Genève-Servette (SUI U20)

Forwards:
Reto Amstutz, SC Bern (SUI U20)
Sven Andrighetto, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)
Alessio Bertaggia, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
Sven Bärtschi, Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
Christoph Bertschy, SC Bern (SUI)
Daniele Grassi, HC Ambrì-Piotta (SUI U20)
Gaëtan Haas, EHC Biel (SUI)
Gregory Hofmann, HC Ambrì-Piotta (SUI)
Dominic Lammer, EV Zug (SUI U20)
Kaj Leuenberger, EHC Biel (SUI U20)
Lino Martschini, Petersborough Petes (OHL)
Devin Muller, Salmon Arm SilverBacks (BCHL)
Jan Neuenschwander, HC Davos (SUI)
Alban Rexha, SCL Tigers (SUI)
Tanner Richard, Guelph Storm (OHL)
Cédric Schneuwly, EV Zug (SUI U20)
Dario Simion, HC Lugano (SUI)
Joël Vermin, SC Bern (SUI)
Samuel Walser, Kloten Flyers (SUI)

Latvia Annnounces Camp Roster

On Thursday Latvian Head Coach Eriks Miluns announced the names of the players that will take part in the Latvian World Junior training camp to take place in Riga, Latvia and Brooks, AB.

Latvia is back to the top flight after winning Division I last year. Six of those players from that team are returning this year.

As with the Swiss team there is one player from the QMJHL—Nikita Kolesnikovs of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.

Twenty seven players from European clubs will take part in the Riga camp from December 14th-16th. Twenty one of those players will travel to Canada where they will be joined by the four players from North American teams: Kolesnikovs, Teodors Blugers (Shattuck-St. Mary’s School, USA), Zemgus Girgensons (Dubuque Fighting Saints, USHL) and Kristians Pelss (Edmonton Oil Kings, WHL). Two more players will be cut after that camp.

Seventeen out of the 31 players come from Latvian clubs, most of them playing in Russian junior leagues with teams from the Dinamo Riga organisation. The other players are with teams in Sweden (3), Switzerland (3), Finland (2), the Czech Republic (1) and Russia (1).

Latvia’s U20 national team candidate list

Goalkeepers:
Rihards Cimermanis, Juniors Riga (LAT/MHL-B)
Kristers Gudlevskis, HK Riga (LAT/MHL)
Elviss Merzlikins, HC Lugano (SUI U20)

Defensemen:
Vladislavs Dudins, Olimpia Kirovo-Chepetsk (RUS/MHL)
Kristers Freibergs, HK Riga (LAT/MHL)
Krists Kalnins, AIK Härnösand (SWE-3)
Nikita Kolesnikovs, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (QMJHL)
Kriss Lipsbergs, HK Riga (LAT/MHL)
Martins Mezulis, Rapperswil-Jona Lakers (SUI U20)
Kristaps Nimanis, Red Ducks Vaasa (FIN-3)
Arturs Salija, HK Riga (LAT/MHL)
Edgars Siksna, Liepajas Metalurgs (LAT/BLR)
Sandis Sostaks, Liepajas Metalurgs (LAT)
Pauls Zvirbulis, HK Riga (LAT/MHL)

Forwards:
Toms Andersons, SC Bern (SUI U20)
Arturs Birstins, HC Most (CZE U20)
Teodors Blugers, Shattuck-St. Mary’s School (USHS)
Maris Dilevka, Liepajas Metalurgs (LAT/BLR)
Zemgus Girgensons, Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)
Pauls Hodzko, HK Riga (LAT/MHL)
Vitalijs Hvorostinins, Vaasan Sport (FIN U20)
Nikolajs Jelisejevs, HK Riga (LAT/MHL)
Nikita Jevpalovs, HK Riga (LAT/MHL)
Edgars Klavins, AIK Stockholm (SWE U20)
Arturs Kuzmenkovs, HK Riga (LAT/MHL)
Kristaps Legzdins, Syrianska/Armeniska Västerås (SWE-4)
Roberts Lipsbergs, HK Riga (LAT/MHL)
Kristians Pelss, Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
Davis Straupe, HK Riga (LAT/MHL)
Kirils Tambijevs, HK Riga (LAT/MHL)
Juris Ziemins, Juniors Riga (LAT/MHL-B)

Four QMJHLers To Take Part In World Junior Championships DI Group A Tournament

Four QMJHLers will take part in the World Junior Championships DI Group A tournament in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER from December 12th-17th.

Cape Breton’s Roman Gaborenko will suit up for Belarus; while Halifax’s Konrad Abeltshauser and Acadie-Bathurst teammates MIrko HOfflin and Nicolas Krammin will play for Germany.

The winners of the Group A and Group B tournaments which is taking place in Tychy. Poland at the same time will advance to the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championships to be held in Ufa, Russia from December 26th, 2012-January 6th, 2013.

Drouin To Join Moose

On Friday Halifax Mooseheads GM Cam Russell announced that 16 year old forward Jonathan Drouin, the 2nd overall pick in the 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft will join the team later this week when he finishes his 11th Grade exams.

The 5’10” 176lbs centre plays with Lac St. Louis in the Quebec Major Midget League and has found the back of the net 22 times and lent a helping hand one 13 more in the 22 contestst that he has skated in.

He will make his Mooseheads’ debut when he receives clearance by the team’s medical staff as he is nursing a minor groin injury.

“Adding another young gifted offensive player like Jonathan to our roster is exciting,” stated Russell. “He’s joining a talented crop of players that fans will enjoy watching at the Metro Centre”.

“I am excited to be moving to Halifax to join the Mooseheads”, stated Drouin. “After playing the first half of this season in Midget AAA and evaluating my options with my family, it became apparent that the best spot for my hockey development and my schooling was in the QMJHL with the Mooseheads”.

Drouin is also one of 4 Mooseheads attending the upcoming World Under 17 tournament over the Christmas Holidays in Windsor, Ontario, along with Nathan MacKinnon, Ryan Falkenham and Zach Fucale.

With information from the Halifax Mooseheads

The Games This Week

Play began with three games on Tuesday as Matthew Bissonnette scored three times, and Zach O’Brien, Sean Girard, and Christophe Lalancette added singles for Acadie-Bathurst; while Jerome Gauthier-Leduc, Peter Trainor, Petr Straka, Alexandre Mallet, and Alex Belzile scored for Rimouski in the Titan’s 6-5 victory. Francis Turbide, Alexandre Ranger, and Samuel Carrier found the back of the net for Baie-Comeau; while Michael Bournival scored both of Shawinigan’s goals as Baie-Comeau skated into Shawinigan and came away with a 3-2 win. Val-d’Or got goals from Gabriel Beaupre, Nicolas Larocque-Marcoux, Michael Beaudry, Vladislav Shalimov, and Julien Leduc; while Marc-Alain Begin and Peter Angelopolous did the same for Rouyn-Noranda in the Foreurs’ 5-2 win.

There was one game on Wednesday as Logan Shaw scored twice in regulation and once in the shootout; and Jonathan Brunelle and William Carrier also added singles with Carrier also scoring the shootout for Cape Breton; and Bryce Milson added the hat trick and Jerome Raymond a single in regulation, and Emil Sylvegard scored in the shootout in Cape Breton’s 5-4 victory.

Liam O’Brien scored twice, and Alex Emond and Francis Beauvillier added singles for Rimouski; while Scott Trask scored both of Moncton’s goals as the Oceanic doubled the wildcats 4-2 on Thursday.

On Friday Ben Duffy went on a scoring rampage scoring four times; and Matthew Hobbs and Alex Noel added singles, and Darcy Ashley did the same for Halifax as the Rocket welcomed the Moose with a 6-1 win.

Bissonnette, O’Brien, and Sebastien Trudeau scored once each for Acadie-Bathurst with Danick Gauthier and Aidan Kelly also finding the back of the net once each for Saint John as the Titan edged the Sea Dogs’ 3-2.

Anthony Duclair, Mathieu Lavallee, Ryan Culkin, Michael McNamee, Alexandre Comtois, Martin Lefebvre, and Owen Werthner all added singles for Quebec; while Dillon Fournier, Denis Kamaev, and Sven Andrighetto scored for Rouyn-Noranda as the Remparts romped to a 7-3 win over the Huskies. Yanni Gourde scored twice; and Yannick Dube, Philippe Halley, and Brandon Hynes all found the back of the net once apiece, with Jakub Culek scored twice, and Casey Babineau scored once for Rimouski as the Tigers welcomed the Oceanic by beating them 5-3. Michael Clark, Dylan Anderson, Raphael Pouliot, Felix Plouffe, Jess Tanguay, and Cole Hawes all found the back of the net for Blainville-Boisband, and Nicolas Dionne added the lone Val-d’Or marker as the Aramada stormed past the Foreurs 6-1. Alexandre Roy scored for Chicoutim in regulation; while Tomas Filippi did likewise for Baie-Comeau, and Guillaume Asselin was the only shooter to score in the shootout as the Sagueneens edged the Drakkar 2-1. Emile Poirier lit the lamp post on three occasions, while Robert Pelletier and Adam Chapman scored once each for Gatineau; while Cory MacIntosh and Sebastien Payette found the twine once each for Cape Breton as the Olympiques skated to a 5-2 win over the Screaming Eagles. Krill Kabanov scored twice and Maximilien Le Sieur once as Shawinigan shut the door 3-0 on Drummondville.

On Saturday Samuel Noreau, Carl Gelinas, Frederic Gamelin, and Carrier scored for Baie-Comeau as they shutout Moncton 4-0. Mathieu Brisbois and Andrighetto scored twice, and Maxime St-Cyr, Kamaev, and Jason Houde added singles in regulation for Rouyn-Noranda with Andrighetto and Kamaev scoring in the shootout; while Hynes, Maillet, and Stefan Fournier all scored twice each for Victoriaville, and Gourde netted the goals for Victoriaville as the Huskies needed a shootout to get past the Tigres 8-7. Brent Turnbull, O’Brien, and Bissonnette scored for Acadie-Bathurst in regulation, and O’Brien and Bissonnette added the shootout markers; and Jessyko Bernard, Josh Currie, and Ryan Graves netted the PEI markers as the Titan needed a shootout to get past the Rocket 4-3. Gauthier had the hat trick, while Ian Saab, Tomas Jurco, Kevin Gagne, and Stephen Anderson added singles for Saint John; and Andrew Ryan, Ashley, and Matthew Boudreau found the back of the net for Halifax as the Sea Dogs coasted to a 7-3 win over the Mooseheads. Christopher Clapperton and Raphael Pouliot added two goals apiece, and Michael Clarke, Tanguay, and Ilya Nikolev scored once each as Blainville-Boisband slamed the door 7-0 on Cape Breton.

On Sunday Mathieu Boudreau scored twice, while Martin Frk added a single for Halifax; and Juro and Gauthier added the Saint John markers as the Mooseheads handed the Sea Dogs their second loss of the weekend with a 3-2 loss. Jeremie Malouin, Anthony Duclair, Lavallee, Grigorenko, Mikael Tam, and Adam Erne scored for Quebec, while Val-d’Or got markers from Artem Sergeev, Anthony Mantha, Samuel Henley, and Dionne as the Remparts skated to a 6-4 win over the Foreurs. Lukas Sedlak found the back of the net three times, while Gabriel Vermette, Alexandre Beauregard, Jeremy Gregoire, and Dominic Poulin for Chicoutimi, and Patrick Deslisle-Houde added the Moncton goal as the Sagueneens welcome the Wildcats with a 7-1 victory. Robert Pelletier, Poirier, and Tomas Hyka scored for Gatineau, while Steven Mercier, and Peter Angelopolous found the twine for Rouyn-Noranda as the Olympiques edged the Huskies 3-2. Yousseff Kabbaj, Yannick Veilleux, Dale Deon, Michael Chaput, and Kabanov all lit the lamp post for Shawinigan as the Cataractes blanked Rimouski 5-0.

The Leaders

Saint John is in the top spot in both the Maritimes and overall standings as they are 26-10-0-1 with 53 points; while Quebec sits on top of the Telus East standings and are second overall with 56 points (25-6-2-1); and Blainville-Boisband (18-14-2-0, 36 points) leads the Telus West Division.

Among skaters O’Brien is first with 31 goals and 30 assists in 35 games; while Gourde moves from third to second as he has found the back of the net 21 times while helping out on 40 more in 33 contests; and Trudeau drops one spot to third with 16 goals and 44 assists in 36 games.

Between the pipes the top two from last week remains the same as Saint John’s Mathieu Corbeil is 20-6-0-0 with a 2.49 GAA and 0.922 SAV%; while Quebec’s Louis Domingue is second as he has won 14 games with four losses, one overtime loss, and one shootout loss; has a goals against average of 2.49 and 0.922 SAV%; and Baie-Comeau’s Jimmy Appleby rounds out the top three at 9-8-1-1, with a goals against average of 2.53, and 0.902 SAV%.

The Games To Come

Two games will kick off the last week of play before the Christmas break on Tuesday; and they are two division contests. Halifax is at home to Maritime rivals Acadie-Bathurst; while Baie-Comeau plays host to Telus East rivals Quebec. The game between Halifax and Acadie-Bathurst is the first of a home and home series that will conclude in Bathurst on Thursday.

Shawinigan hosts Gatineau; and Chicouitmi lays out the welcome mat for Telus East rivals Victoriaville on Wednesday.

Eight games are on tap for Friday night as Cape Breton hosts Saint John, and Halifax is in Moncton for two Maritimes contests; Gatineau and Drummondville take to the ice in Drummondville, and Blainville-Boisband and Rouyn-Noranda faceoff in Rouyn-Noranda in two Telus West contests; while the two Telus East affairs has Baie-Comeau in Victoriaville, and Rimouski hosting Chicoutimi. The other East-West game has Shawinigan in Val-d’Or; while PEI is in Quebec.

PEI continues their Quebec swing with a stop in Rimouski; Victoraville is at home to Acadie-Bathurst; Baie-Comeau makes their way to Gatineau; Shawinigan is in Rouyn-Noranda; and Val-d’Or is at home to Blainville-Boisband on Saturday.

The weekend ends with four games on Sunday that will see Halifax in Cape Breton for the Battle of Nova Scotia; while another chapter in the New Brunswick News Rivalry Cup continues with Moncton at home to Saint John; the Battle of Quebec will see Drummondville taking on Chicoutimi in Drummondville; and Acadie-Bathurst ends their Quebec trip with a stop in Quebec City.

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