QMJHL Weekly: December 5th, 2013

Poirier, Graham and Mantha Are Telus Three Stars

Gatineau forward Emile Poirier, Chicoutimi netminder Dominic Graham, and Val-d’Or forward Anthony Mantha are the Telus three stars of the week for the week ending December 1st, 2013.

Poirier began the week with two goals, one assist, and the first star of the game honors as Gatineau skated to a 6-3 win over Baie-Comeau. He followed that up with one goal in the 3-2 loss to Shawinigan on Saturday, and ended it with four assists in the 5-4 shootout win over Blainville-Boisbriand on Sunday.
Graham began the week with 28 saves and the second star of the game award in the 5-2 win over Quebec on Wednesday. He added another 29 more and the third star of the game honors as the Sagueneens skated past Rimouski 3-1 on Friday.

Mantha scored once in the 5-3 win over Saint John on Friday. He found the back of the net once; while assisting on one more as the Foreurs defeated Moncton 6-2 on Saturday, and finished with the hat trick and the first star of the game award in the Foreurs’ 6-1 clobbering of Acadie-Bathurst on Sunday.

Hall Welcomes Four New Members

On Monday the League announced that players Gerard Gallant; Jean-Luc Phaneuf; and Patrice Brisebois along with official Normand Caisse; will be inducted into the QMJHL Hall of Fame on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Montreal.

Three players and one official will be honoured. “We will recognize four important figures in our history during the evening” said the commissioner. “We will have the pleasure of celebrating the careers of Gerard Gallant, Jean-Luc Phaneuf, Normand Caisse and Patrice Brisebois. I would like to thank the members of the QMJHL Hall of Fame – presented by RDS, selection committee: Michel Côté (president), Denis Baillargé, Michel Gagnon, Albert Ladouceur, Bertrand Raymond and Marc Lachapelle for their excellent and continuous contribution to this precious institution.”

The president of the selection committee, Michel Côté, also added: “There are so many worthy candidates, that choosing is always very difficult. However, we rigorously analysed each candidate and believe that we have made the right choices. All four individuals had excellent careers in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and fully deserve this honour. We are looking forward to inducting them into the Hall of Fame.”

Here is a brief overview of their careers:


The Sherbrooke Castors drafted Gallant in the 10th round in 1980; and it paid off big time as the 5’ 11” left winger from Summerside, PEI found the back of the net 41 times, while lending a helping hand on 60 more in 108 games.

In three seasons with the Castors; St. Jean Beavers; and Verdun Juniors Gallant scored 132 goals and added 192 assists for 324 points and added 706 penalty minutes. He also had 90 points in the post season; putting him fifth behind Jacques Jr Locas (153), Mario Lemieux (98), Jacques Richard (97) and Claude Verret (94).Gallant is the only player in League history to win the President’s Cup four times—twice as a player with Sherbrooke in 1982 and 1983 where him and Pat LaFontaine led the League in playoff scoring with 35 and 33 points respectively; and twice as a head coach with the Saint John Sea Dogs in 2011 and again in 2012. The team won the Memorial Cup in 2011.

In 1983 Gallant had 14 goals along with 86 PIM.

He still holds several records in the QMJHL, including the “three goals scored the fastest by the same player in a playoff game “, done in an historic two minutes and four seconds on March 23, 1983, leading the Verdun Junior to a 6-3 victory over the Trois-Rivières Draveur.

In 2009-10, he made a comeback in the QMJHL, this time as head coach of the Saint John Sea Dogs (New Brunswick). The team won three consecutive regular season titles, a first in the history of the League. In addition, Gallant’s team won the grand final of the playoffs in 2011 and 2012, after losing in the final round against Moncton at its first attempt in 2010. In 2011, the Sea Dogs won the Memorial Cup as Gallant could count on a talented brigade including Jonathan Huberdeau, Stanislav Galiev, Jacob DeSerres, Jonathan Beaulieu and Simon Després.

Gallant’s 0.791 win percentage is the best in League history; and he has won the Ron Lapointe Trophy given to the best coach in the QMJHL in both 2010 and 2011.
Detroit drafted Gallant in the sixth round of the NHL Entry Draft in 1981; and he played in the Motor City for nine seasons after honing his skills with the AHL’s Adirondack Red Wings from 1983-84 to 1984-85.

Along with Steve Yzerman, Bob Probert and Coach Jacques Demers, he helped revive the franchise that was experiencing difficult times before his arrival. In 4 consecutive seasons, from 1986-87 to 1989-90, he scored at least 30 goals, including a career-high of 93 points with 39 goals in 1988-89. He ended his NHL playing career with the Tampa Bay Lightningwith a grand total of 480 points in 615 regular season games. Gallant is currently the Montreal Canadiens’ assistant coach.


Phaneuf played with the Montreal Juniors from 1972-1975 and was drafted by Detroit in the seventh round of the NHL Entry Draft in 1975 and in the eighth round of the 1975 WHA Draft by the Toronto Toros.

He scored 104 goals and added 193 assists in 187 regular season games and added nine goals and 12 assists in 17 post season contests. His best season was the 1974-75 one where he was the team captain and scored 51 goals while adding 100 helpers. On November 14th, 1974 in a 19-3 win over Chicoutimi Phaneuf scored three goals and added five assists. The franchise is now the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies; and that record still stands. That season he also won the award for the most sportsman like player; and in three QMJHL seasons only had 28 penalty minutes.

For two seasons in the QMJHL, he made up half of a dynamic duo with Normand Dupont in the uniforms of the Montreal Junior. On many occasions, they both entertained the crowds at the Montreal Forum with their spectacular play making.

He played two seasons with the Toros and decided to become a medical doctor at the end of his second season and is still a doctor in Montreal today.


Caisse began his officiating career as a linesman in 1969 before becoming a referee in 1973. He was an official for 12 seasons.

He officiated 291 regular and playoff games from 1969-1970 to 1980-81. During this era games were a lot tougher to work as on ice brawls were quite common; and fans criticized officials quite rudely often throwing things at them on the ice.

He was highly respected throughout his career. The league executives, including president and founder Robert LeBel praised him highly, and gave him the most important games over which to preside.

In 1976 he officiated the most games on ice with 46; which was a record for most games for a season with 39 regular season games in addition to seven post season contests.

He officiated two Memorial Cup games in 1979.

Caisse officiated at the 1976 and 1979 World Junior Hockey Championships; and officiated the Russia-Sweden final in 1979.

For 28 years, he served as director of elementary schools in Longueuil. He also became involved in local politics for more than a decade, having served as a councillor for the City of Longueuil from 1994 to 2009.


Brisebois was drafted by Laval in the third round of the 1987 QMJHL Entry Draft and by Montreal in the second round of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft.

The defenseman played for the Laval Titan from 1987-88 to 1990-91 where he scored 65 goals and added 193 assists in 208 regular season games and added 21 more goals and added 43 assists in 50 post season contests. On December 4,1989 he scored one goal and assisted on seven more in a 12-0 win over Granby. He completed the 1989-90 season with a personal career-high of 88 points in 56 games.

Brisebois won the President’s Cup twice with Laval in 1989 and 1990 and made it to final with Drummondville in 191 before they lost to Chicoutimi. During Brisebois’ time with the Titan the team was very successful in the post season as they also had Martin Lapointe, Donald Audette, Denis Chalifoux, Gino Odjick, to name a few. Brisebois had 22 points in the 1989 playoffs and followed that up with 16 more in 1990. In 1991 the Titan traded him to Drummondville where he became the “quarterback” of the team and had his best playoffs with 24 points in only 14 games.

He is one of the few players to have participated in the Memorial Cup on three occasions; scoring no less than 12 points in 13 games in total. Drummondville made the final in 1991 but lost to the Spokane Chiefs; but Brisebois was named the tournament all-star team.

In 1991 he was named the QMJHL and CHL Defenseman of the Year.

Brisebois played for Canada twice at the World Junior Hockey Championships and won gold both times.

After spending a season in the AHL with the Fredericton Canadiens he played in the NHL for 18 seasons from 1990-2009 with Montreal and Colorado. He reached the 1000th game point in his last year.

Brisebois began his NHL career with Montreal in 1990-91 and was there for 13 seasons winning the Stanley Cup in 1993. At the end of the 2003-04 season he went to Colorado where he stayed for two seasons from 2005-06 to 2006-07 before returning to the Canadiens for his final two years from 2007-08 to 2008-09.

In 1009 NHL regular season contests he has 98 goals to go along with 322 assists and nine goals and 23 helpers in 98 post season contests. Brisebois had his best season in 2005-06 when he scored 38 points in 80 games.

Three QMJHL Teams Make CHL Top 10

When the Canadian Hockey League announced the top 10 on Wednesday three QMJHL teams made the top 10.

Blainville-Boisbriand remained at number one; Halifax moved up three spots to fifth; and Baie-Comeau remained at seventh.

Gatineau was an honorable mention.

BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 11
1. Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (20-3-3-0)
2. Erie Otters (20-4-1-0)
3. Kelowna Rockets (17-3-0-2)
4. Guelph Storm (19-4-2-1)
5. Halifax Mooseheads (21-8-0-0)
6. Everett Silvertips (19-4-4-0)
7. Baie-Comeau Drakkar (18-5-1-3)
8. Portland Winterhawks (18-5-2-1)
9. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (17-5-0-2)
10. Oshawa Generals (19-6-0-1)

Honourable Mention: Gatineau Olympiques (19-9-0-0); London Knights (17-5-1-1); Medicine Hat Tigers (17-6-3-0)

QMJHLers To Play At World Under 18

When Hockey Canada announced the rosters for Team Atlantic and Team Quebec for the World U17 Hockey Challenge 18 QMJHL players made the cut.

Not surprising Quebec leads the way with 18; while Team Atlantic has eight.

The tournament will take place from December 29th, 2013-January 4th, 2014 in Cape Breton, NS.


30 Callum Booth G L 6’2” 196 05/21/97 Montreal, QC Québec (LHJMQ)
31 Olivier Tremblay G L 5’10” 176 08/20/97 Saguenay, QC Jonquière (LHMAAAQ)
2 David Henley D L 6’4” 195 03/13/97 Val-d’Or, QC Val-d’Or (LHJMQ)
3 Olivier Galipeau D L 6’1” 198 05/22/97 Montreal, QC Val-d’Or (LHJMQ)
4 Simon Bourque D L 5’11” 174 01/12/97 Longueuil, QC Rimouski (LHJMQ)
5 Guillaume Brisebois D L 6’1” 160 07/21/97 St-Hilaire, QC Acadie-Bathurst (LHJMQ)
6 Nicolas Meloche D R 6’2” 194 07/18/97 Rosemère, QC Baie-Comeau (LHJMQ)
7 Jérémy Roy D R 6’0” 182 05/14/97 Richelieu, QC Sherbrooke (LHJMQ)
8 Bradley Lalonde D R 6’0” 180 08/01/97 Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC Cape Breton (LHJMQ)
9 Jason Bell D L 6’1” 185 04/26/97 Montreal, QC Cape Breton (LHJMQ)
10 Nicolas Roy F R 6’4” 190 02/05/97 Amos, QC Chicoutimi (LHJMQ)
11 James Phelan F L 5’10” 171 02/18/97 Laval, QC Shawinigan (LHJMQ)
12 Anthony Beauvillier F L 5’9” 168 06/08/97 Sorel, QC Shawinigan (LHJMQ)
14 Julien Gauthier F R 6’3” 220 10/15/97 Pointe-aux-Trembles, QC Val-d’Or (LHJMQ)
15 Alex Dostie F L 5’9” 159 04/13/97 Drummondville, QC Gatineau (LHJMQ)
16 Jérémy Bouchard F L 5’7” 185 02/09/97 Châteauguay, QC Chicoutimi (LHJMQ)
17 Maxime Fortier F R 5’10” 167 12/15/97 Lachine, QC Lac St-Louis (LHMAAAQ)
18 Pascal Aquin F L 6’0” 158 07/03/97 Repentigny, QC Collège Esther-Blondin (LHMAAAQ)
19 Brandon Gignac F L 5’10” 159 11/07/97 Repentigny, QC Shawinigan (LHJMQ)
20 Matthew Boucher F L 5’8” 166 12/17/97 Quebec City, QC Séminaire St-François (LHMAAAQ)
21 Alexandre Fortin F L 5’11” 151 02/25/97 Blainville, QC Collège Esther-Blondin (LHMAAAQ)
22 Samuel Blier F L 5’11” 162 06/13/97 Plessisville, QC Trois-Rivière


1 Blade Mann-Dixon G L 5’7” 148 04/29/97 Antigonish, NSValley (MHL)
31 Frederic Foulem G L 6’1” 161 07/15/97 Dieppe, NB Stanstead College (Cdn. Prep)
2 Adam Holwell D L 6’0” 182 03/08/97 St. John’s, NL Moncton (LHJMQ)
3 Luc Deschênes D R 5’11” 197 02/05/97 Fredericton, NB Victoriaville (LHJMQ)
4 Cameron Lee D L 5’10” 165 02/18/97 Ferguson’s Cove, NS Northwood School (U.S. Prep)
5 Philippe Myers D R 6’3” 185 01/25/97 Dieppe, NB Rouyn-Noranda (LHJMQ)
6 Andrew Picco D R 6’4” 220 04/02/97 Marystown, NL Rimouski (LHJMQ)
7 Will Thompson D R 6’0” 180 07/02/97 Fredericton, NB Saint John (LHJMQ)
8 Nicholas Welsh D R 5’10” 176 07/05/97 Halifax, NS Shawinigan (LHJMQ)
9 Mitchell Balmas F L 6’0” 165 03/19/98 Sydney, NS Cape Breton (NSMMHL)
10 Lane Cormier F L 6’1” 193 02/11/97 Hopewell, NS Pictou County (NSMMHL)
11 William Bower F R 5’11” 165 11/07/97 Saint John, NB Woodstock (MHL)
12 Jesse Hamer F R 5’10” 176 01/23/97 Herring Cove, NS Newbridge Academy (NSMMHL)
14 Jean-Michel LeBlanc F R 6’1” 160 01/29/97 Saint John, NB Saint John (NBPEIMMHL)
15 Alexandre Jacob F L 5’6” 136 02/20/97 Dieppe, NB Moncton (NBPEIMMHL)
16 Nathan Noel F R 5’11” 170 06/21/97 St. John’s, NL Saint John (LHJMQ)
17 Layton Parsons F L 5’11” 195 09/22/97 Cole Harbour, NS Bridgewater (MHL)
18 Campbell Pickard F L 6’2” 180 06/26/97 Halifax, NS Bridgewater (MHL)
19 Riley Scott F R 6’0” 167 09/29/97 Bathurst, NB Miramichi (NBPEIMMHL)
20 Francis Theriault F L 5’9” 160 01/13/97 Paquetville, NB Campbellton (MHL)
21 Colby Tower F R 5’9” 168 02/12/97 Troy, NS Valley (MHL)
22 Kyle Ward F L 5’11” 170 12/29/97 Sackville, NB Moncton (NBPEIMMHL)

Sea Dogs Raise More Than Two Thousand Dollars For The Empty Stocking Fund

On Friday the Saint John Sea Dogs announced that they have made a sizable donation to The Empty Stocking Fund thanks to the team’s annual Bingo Night at Harbour Station.

The Sea Dogs raised $2,048.20 from fans, who received bingo cards in exchange for donations to the Empty Stocking Fund, as they entered the arena for Friday’s game versus the Val-d’Or Foreurs

Bingo numbers were shown on the centre-ice scoreboard throughout the game until five winners were declared.

The Saint John Sea Dogs would like to thank The Empty Stocking Fund and the Telegraph-Journal for their assistance in coordinating Bingo Night.

The Sea Dogs are proud supporters of The Empty Stocking Fund.

Games This Week

The week began with two games on Wednesday.

Oliver Cooper and Jurji Repe scored for Saint John; while Daniel Sprong and Spenser Cobbold did the same for Charlottetown as the Sea Dogs nipped the Islanders 3-2 in a shootout. Spencer Smallman and Nathan Noel scored for the winners in the shootout; while Sprong did the same for the losers.
Sebastien Sylvestre and Janne Puhakka scored twice each for Chicoutimi; while William Gignac added a single as the Sagueneens skated to a 5-2 win over Quebec. Fabrcie Herzog and Adam Erne found the back of the net for the Remparts.

The lone Thursday game went to a shootout as Acadie-Bathurst edged Rouyn-Noranda 4-3. Scoring for the Titan were Christophe Boivin both in regulation and the shootout; while Adam Chapman and Scott Oke also scored in regulation; and Adam Stevens scored in the shootout. Dillon Fournier; Jean-Sebastien Dea; and Maxime St-Cyr scored for the Huskies.

Seven games took place on Friday.

Raphael Corriveau scored three times; while Cameron Darcy had a singles as Cape Breton edged Halifax 4-3. Jonathan Drouin, Max Lindsay, and Luca Ciampini scored for Halifax.

Maxime St-Cyr scored twice; and Jean-Sebastien Dea, Marcus Power, and Julien Mantel had singles as Rouyn-Noranda skated to a 5-2 win over Charlottetown. Alexandre Goulet scored both the Islanders’ goals.

Guillaume Gelinas, Antohony Mantha, Nicolas Aube-Kubel, and Anthony Beauregard found the back of the net for Val-‘d’Or in their 5-3 win over Saint John. Matthew Highmore, Mackenzie Brown, and Kelly Bent had the Sea Dogs’ markers.

Jean-Francois Plante scored 3:08 into overtime as Sherbrooke edged Victoriaville 3-2. Nathan Glass and Alexandre Sills had the regulation goals for the Phoenix; while Matthew Boudreau and Gabriel Gagne socred for the Tigres.

Frederick Gaudreau scored 2:24 into the extra frame as Drummondville nipped Blainville-Boisbriand 3-2. Guillaume Gauthier and Olivier Caouette scored in regulation for the Voltigeurs; while the Armada’s goals came from Frederic Bergeron and Philippe Sanchez.

Gatineau got two goals each from Emile Poirier and Martin Reway; while Alex Dostie and Taylor Bruke had singles as the Olympiques doubled Baie-Comeau 6-3. Bokondji Imama, Denis Gorbunov, and Valentin Zykov scored for the Drakkar.

Sebastein Sylvestre, William Gignac, and Nicolas Roy had the Chicoutimi goals as the Sagueneens beat Rimouski 3-1. Dominic Beauchemin scored for the Oceanic.

Ten teams took to the ice on Saturday.

Guillaume Gelinas had a pair; while Mantha, Louick Marcotte, Samuel Henley, and Aube-Kubel scored for Val-d’Or in their 6-2 win over Moncton. Conor Garland and JC Campagna scored for Moncton.

Dea had a pair; while Dillon Fournier, Mathieu Lemay, and Jason Fuchs had singles as Rouyn-Noranda skated to a 5-3 win over Saint John. Nathan Noel, Noah Zilbert, and Oliver Cooper had the goals for the Sea Dogs.

Emil Aronsson, Sanche, Danick Martel, and Daniel Walcott scored for Blainville-Boisbriand as the Armada doubled Baie-Comeau 4-2. Nicholas Meloche and Zykov added the Drakkar markers.

Gaudreau had a pair; while Christophe Lalancette, Guillaume Gauthier, Nikolas Brouillard, and Jerome Verrier had singles as Drummondville skated to a 6-4 win over Sherbrooke. Nathan Glass, Dominic Talbot-Tassi, Jason Houde, and Jean-Francois Plante had the goals for the Phoenix.

Francis Beauvillier had a pair including the game winner with 49 seconds left in the second period as Shawinigan edged Gatineau 3-2. Alexandre Grand-Maison had the other Cataractes’ goal; while Poirier and Vincent Dunn scored for the Olympiques.

Action finished with eight games on Sunday.

Val-d’Or got a hat trick from Mantha; and singles from Louick Marcotte, Samuel Henley, and Pierre-Maxime Poudrier in their 6-1 win over Acadie-Bathrust. Christophe Boivin had the lone Titan marker.

Maxim Lazarev had a pair; while Kyle Farrell, Charles-Eric Legare, Cameron Darcy, and Julien Pelletier had singles as Cape Breton doubled Charlottetown 6-3. Julien Leduc, Alexandre Goulet, and Yan Pavel Laplante scored for the Islanders.

Campagna and Christophe Lalonde scored for Moncton in their 2-0 win over Halifax.

Fabrice Herzog scored the game winner 3:02 into overtime as Quebec edged Rimouski 3-2. Herzog also scored in regulation along with Marc-Olivier Groleau; while Anthony Deluca and Frederik Gauthier replied for Rimouski.

Alexandre Chenier-Allard and Jonathan Bourcier scored in the shootout for Gatineau; while Taylor Burke had a pair; and Vaclav Karabacek and Reway had singles as the Olympiques got past Blainville-Boisbriand 5-4. Samuel Hodhod, Marc-Oliver Roy, Danick Martel, and Daniel Walcott had singles for the Oceanic.

Matthew Boudens had a pair; while Joey Ratelle had a single as Drummondville shut out Shawinigan 3-0.

Nicholas Halagian and Gabriel Verplaest had singles as Baie-Comeau nipped Sherbrooke 2-1.

Victoriaville got goals from Lukas Pozgay, Gabriel Gagne, and Anthony Beaulieu in their 3-1 win over Chicoutimi. Janne Puhakka scored for the Sagueneens.

The Leaders

Blainville-Boisbriand is still the top team in both the Telus West division and overall standings with their 21-3-4-1 record and 47 points. Telus East leaders Baie-Comeau are second with their 19-7-1-3 record and 42 points; while Halifax has taken over the lead in the Telus Maritimes Division with 42 points (21-10-0-0).

Mantha has the most points in the League with 22 goals and 27 assists in 17 games played; while Halifax’s Jonathan Drouin is second as he has found the net on 15 occasions and lent a helping hand on 32 more in the 21 games that he has played in. Rouyn-Noranda’s Marcus Power rounds out the top three as he has scored 15 times while assisting on 31 more more in the 29 games that he has skated in.

Between the pipes Blainville-Boisbriands’ Etienne Marcoux has an 12-3-3-0 record with a 2.41 GAA, and 0.902 SAV% to lead all goalies; while Moncton’s Alex Dubeau (13-15-0-2 2.57 GAA, 0.915 SAV%) is second; and Halifax’s Zachary Fucale is third as he has won 17 games while losing seven with no overtime ties and no shootouts loss; a goals against average of 2.62, and 0.899 SAV%.


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