QMJHL Weekly: December 6, 2012

Currie, Desrosiers, and Gagne Are Telus Three Stars of the Week

PEI forward Josh Currie, Rimouski goalie Philippe Desrosiers and Saint John rearguard Kevin Gagné are the TELUS three stars of the week for the week ending December 2.

Currie began the week with two goals, one assist, and the first star of the game honors as the Rocket skated to a 5-2 win over Quebec on Wednesday. He added another goal and assist as the team defeated Victoriaville 4-1 on Saturday and ended it with two goals, one assist, and another third star of the game honors as the Rocket edged Cape Breton 4-3 on Sunday.

Desrosiers made 25 saves as the Drakkar skated to a 5-3 win over Quebec on Tuesday, added 44 more in the 5-2 win over Cape Breton on Friday; and finished with 28 more in the 4-1 win over Saint John on Sunday.

Gagne scored twice, had two assists, and was the first star of the game on Wednesday as the Sea Dogs skated to a 4-1 win over Rouyn-Noranda. He chipped in another two goals and lent a helping hand on one more as the team lost 7-5 to the Foreurs on Thursday and ended the week with an assist in the Sea Dogs 4-1 loss to Rimouski on Sunday.

Jaskin, Bussieres and Marcoux Are Telus Three Stars of Month for November

Moncton Wildcats left winger Dmitri Jaskin, Baie-Comeau forward Raphaël Bussières and Blainville-Boisbriand goalie Étienne Marcoux are the TELUS three stars of the month of November 2012.

Jaskin added nine goals with two of them being game winners and lent a helping hand on 16 more over 10 games. He went 15 games with at least one point,

Bussieres added 10 goals(3 game winners), assisted on 13 more, and finished a +11. He equalled the record set by Charles Linglet in 2001-02 of eight consecutive games of at least one goal from November 9-23.

Marcoux went 6-1-0-0 with a 1.89 GAA, and 0.917 SAV%. He had his first shutout and became the franchise new record holder (St. John’s/Montreal/Blainville-Boisbriand) set by Jean-François Bérubé (55), when he won his 56th game on the 30th of November against the Drakkar

Connolly Passes Away

On Tuesday legendary broadcaster Pat Connolly passed away from cancer.

He was the PA announcer for the Halifax Mooseheads.

He began his career in 1949 at CJCB radio in Sydney, NS and then broadcast the Allan Cup final between the Sydney Millionaires and the Toronto Marlboros from Maple Leaf Gardens.

“I grew up listening to Hockey Night in Canada, and then there I was, sitting in Foster Hewitts seat in the gondola. How the hell do you top that?”
He left CJCB in 1952 to “explore this great country.” While in Flin Flon, Manitoba, he received a call from Danny Gallivan. Gallivan had just been named play-by-play man for the Montreal Canadiens, and wondered if Connolly might be interested in replacing him at CJCH in Halifax. He was, and came back to take over the role of sports director. From there, the rest is Nova Scotia broadcasting history. Connolly soon moved to CBC Halifax, and when TV debuted three years later, he became the first television sports caster in Atlantic Canada.

with files from the QMJHL

Hall Will Welcome Four New Members

On April 3rd, 2013 four new members will be inducted into the QMJHL Hall of Fame.

They are build Jean-Claude Morrissette, Marc Saumier, Sylvain Cote, and Felix Potvin.

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

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

Marc Saumier 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, Marc 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.

Marc 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

Sylvain 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.

Sylvain 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 for three seasons (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.

Félix 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

Cherry and MacPhee To Coach

The Canadian Hockey League announced that Don Cherry and Mike MacPhee will be the coaches at the CHL Home Hardware/Top Prospects game in Halifax in January.

Among the members of Team Cherry are Halifax Mooseheads forwards Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin and Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds defenceman Darnell Nurse who will serve as Team Cherry Alternate Captains. McPhee will serve behind the bench for Team Orr who will be captained by Portland Winterhawks defenceman Seth Jones, with forwards Sean Monahan of the Ottawa 67’s and Hunter Shinkaruk of the Medicine Hat Tigers serving as Alternates. The rest of the 20-man rosters will be announced at a later date.

“Don is one of the original builders of this game and the Canadian Hockey League is honoured to have him and Stanley Cup winner Mike McPhee as coaches of this prestigious event,” said CHL President David Branch. “Since 1996 the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game has been one of the highlights of the CHL calendar and we are excited to showcase 40 of the league’s top prospects eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft in Halifax where they will compete before hundreds of scouts in attendance and live on Sportsnet and TVA Sports for CHL fans across the country.”

The 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game marks the 14th year of involvement for Cherry who has coached head-to-head against Bobby Orr 11 different times including six-straight meetings when the event began in 1996 at Maple Leaf Gardens. Cherry has picked up five victories in this event including a win over coaching opponent John Davidson in 2005, and most recently in 2010 in Windsor with a 4-2 win against Orr. He last participated in 2011 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto falling 7-1 to Team Orr led by Coaches Doug Gilmour and Wendel Clark. To recognize their contributions as builders of this event, the CHL presented the Don Cherry and Bobby Orr Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Trophy in 2006 for the first time to the winning team. Engraved on the award are the names of every player to ever participate in the event.

McPhee was born and raised in Nova Scotia and played in 744 career NHL games including eight full seasons with the Montreal Canadiens followed by a season with the Minnesota North Stars, then the Dallas Stars in 1993-94. He recorded 399 points in his NHL career after being selected by the Canadiens in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft, winning a Stanley Cup with the club in 1986. His professional career started in Halifax playing two seasons with the AHL’s Nova Scotia Voyageurs from 1982-84. McPhee joins a long list of NHL alumni and celebrity coaches who have participated in this event including Cherry, Orr, Gilmour, Clark, Davidson, Kelly Hrudey, Tiger Williams, Scotty Bowman, Pat Burns, Jacques Demers, Michel Bergeron, Grant Fuhr, Glenn Anderson, Lanny MacDonald, Mike Vernon, Pat Quinn, and Mark Recchi.

MacKinnon, a 17-year-old from Dartmouth, NS, was the top QMJHL skater listed by NHL Central Scouting in their Preliminary Rankings for the 2013 NHL Draft. He is tied for second in league scoring with 43 points in 25 games and claimed Player of the Game honours in the SUBWAY Super Series with a four-point game against Russia in the QMJHL’s 5-2 win in Val-d’Or. Drouin, a 17-year-old from Ste-Agathe, Quebec, has 40 points in 19 games with the Mooseheads and is the second ranked QMJHL skater for the 2013 NHL Draft. Nurse, a 17-year-old from Hamilton, ON, represents the OHL’s second ranked skater and top ranked defenceman who has 17 points in 26 games for the Greyhounds this season.

Jones, an 18-year-old from Plano, Texas, is the top ranked WHL skater for the 2013 NHL Draft and currently leads all WHL rookie defencemen in scoring with 17 points in 24 games. Last year he captained Team USA to Gold at the 2012 IIHF World Under-18 Championship. Monahan, an 18-year-old from Brampton, ON, is the top ranked OHL skater for the NHL Draft and is tenth in league scoring with 36 points in 24 games. The Tigers’ Shinkaruk, an 18-year-old from Calgary, AB, is ninth in WHL scoring with 35 points in 24 games and is the second ranked WHL skater behind Jones.

Courtesy QMJHL

Olympiques To Honor Julien

On Wednesday, Decmber 5th Gatineau will raise a banner to honor former Head Coach Claude Julien.

Julien made history with the team when he won both the President’s and Memorial Cup championships in his rookie season in 1997. He made the second team all-star the following year and won two medals with Team Canada at the World Junior Championships with silver in 1999 as an assistant and bronze as Head Coach in 2000.

He was an assistant with the Olympiques when they won the President’s Cup in 1995.

Julien has a 141-109-16 record with the team.

The Games This Week

The week began with two games on Tuesday as Rimouski got goals from Peter Trainor, Francis Beauvillier, Maxime Gravel, Jess Tanguay, and Scott Oke in their 5-3 win over Gatineau. Tomas Hyka scored twice; and Taylor Burke scored for the Olympiques.
Bryce Milson and Jeremie Malouin scored two goals each; while Jordan Murray added a single as Drummondville skated to a 5-1 win over PEI. Louick Marcotte added the lone Rocket goal.

On Wednesday Charles Hudon, Sebastein Sylvestre, Simon Tremblay, Laurent Dauphin, and Jeremy Gregoire scored for Chicouitmi; while Jonathan Ogilny and Michael Clarke did the same for Cape Breton in the Sagueeens’ 5-2 win over the Screaming Eagles.
Josh Currie scored twice; and Louick Marcotte, Victor Provencher, and Erik Robichaud scored for PEI; while Mikhail Grigorenko, Jason Houde, and Alex Rioul did the same for Quebec.

Victoriaville got a goal from Philippe Maillet in regulation; while Zach O’Brien did the same for Acadie-Bathurst; while Jean-Francois Leblanc, and Maillet in the shootout as the Tigres got past the Titan 2-1.

Kevin Gagne scored twice; while Jonathan Huberdeau, Ryan Tesink, and Stephen Anderson scored singles as Saint John skated to a 5-1 win over Royyn-Noranda. Sven Andrighetto added the lone Huskies’ marker.
On Thursday Anthony Mantha scored twice; while Mason Gray, Samuel Henley, Cedrick Henley, Brett Hester, and Vincent Dunn added one each as Rouyn-Noranda got past Saint John 7-5. Gagne and Stephen MacAulay scored twice each; while Pierre Dupuis added one for the Sea Dogs.

November ended with six games on Friday.

Anthony DeLuca, Peter Trainor, Francis Beauvillier, Scott Oke, and Jasmin Boutet scored for Rimouski; while Michael Clarke did the same for Cape Breton as the Oceanic skated to a 5-1 win over Cape Breton.
Dmitri Jaskin, scored twice; while Jonathan Narbonne, and Allain Saulnier got singles for Moncton as the Wildcats doubled Victoriaville 4-2. Felix Boucher and Tommy Veilleux scored the Tigres goals.

Nathan MacKinnon scored twice; and Trey Lewis, Ryan Falkenham, Luca Ciampini, Matthew Boudreau, and Martin Frk added singles as Halifax clobbered Chicoutimi 7-1. Guillaume Asselin added the lone Sagueneens’ marker.

Gabriel Desjardins scored twice; while Maxime St-Cyr and Andrighetto added singles for Rouyn-Noranda in their 4-1 win over Quebec. Martin Lefebvre added the lone Remparts’ marker.

Emilie Poirier added a pair; while Adam Chapman and Simon Tardif-Richard added singles in regulation for Gatineau; while Tomas Hyka was the only shooter to score in the shootout as the Olympiques edged Drummondville 5-4. Guillaum Gauthier scored twice; while Matthew Boudens and Jerome Verrier added singles for the Voltigeurs.

Samuel Hodhod, Felix Plouffe, Philippe Sanche, Nikiat Jevpalovs, and Marcus Hinds all scored for Blainville-Boisbriand in their 5-2 win over Baie-Comeau. Felix Girard and Steve Lebel added the Drakkar goals.

Four games welcomed in the month of December on Saturday.

Jean-Sebastien Dea, St-Cyr, Mathieu Lemay, Andrighetto, Desjardins, and Liam O’Brien scored for Rouyn-Noranda; while Frederick Gaudeau, Dylan Labbe, and Vincent Arseneau added the Shawinigan goals as the Huskies doubled the Cataractes 6-3.

Jeremy Beaudry scored twice; while Dominic Talbot-Tassi, Brent Turnbull, Daniel Audette, Jean-Christophe Laflamme, Denis Kamev, and Vincent Deslauriers added singles as Sherbrooke doubled Val-’Or 8-4. Michael Beaudry, Mason Gray, Samuel Henley, and Nicolas Aube-Kubel added the Foreurs’ markers.
Moncton got goals from Mark Tremaine, Ryan Penny, Allain Saulnier, and Yannick Veilleux in their 4-1 win over Chicoutimi. Sebastien Sylvestre added the lone Sagueneens marker.

Marcotte, Ben Duffy, Currie, and Tomas Pavelka scored for PEI; while Philip Danault did the same for Victoriaville as the Rocket skated to a 4-1 win over the Tigres.

The weekend ended with eight games on Sunday.

Currie scored twice; while Duffy added a single in regulation; and they both scored in the shootout as PEI edged Cape Breton 4-3. Clarke, Clark Bishop, and Charles Guevremont scored for the Screaming Eagles.

Beauvillier, Ryan MacKinnon, Jess Tanguay, Michael Joly, and Alexis Loiseau scored for Rimouski; while Jonathan Huberdeau added the lone Saint John marker as the Oceanic defeated the Sea Dogs 4-1.

Francois Godin and Matthew Bissonnette added a pair each; while Christophe Lalancette, Patrik Zdrahal, and Alec John Blainville added singles as Acadie-Bathurst skated to a 7-4 win over Chicoutimi. Charles Hudon scored twice; while Gabriel Gagnon and Guillaume Asselin added singles for the the Sagueneens.

Randy Gazzola, Boudreau, and Stefan Fournier added a goal each for Halifax as the Mooseheads edged Victoriaville 3-2. William Cochrane and Philippe Hudon scored for the Tigres.

Logan Shaw, Frederic Bergeron, and Grigorenko scored for Quebec; while Raphael Bussieres did the same for Baie-Comeau as the Remparts got past the Drakkar 3-1.

Verrier scored twice; while Olivier Archambault, Guillaume Gauthier, Jeremie Malouin, Lukas Balmelli, and Dexter Weber added singles as Drummondville won the scoring fest with Blainville-Boisbriand 7-6. Cedric Paquette scored three times; while Hodhod, Sanche, and Christopher Clapperton added singles for the Armada.

Vincent Dunn had the hat trick; while Gray, Samuel Henley, and Cedrick Henley added singles as Val-d’Or skated to a 6-2 win over Shawinigan. Alexis D’Aoust and Loik Pourdier scored for the Cataractes.

Deric Boudreau, Taylor Burke, and Hyka scored for Gatineau; while Jeremy Beaudry and Deslauriers did the same for Sherbrooke as the Olympiques edged the Phoenix 3-2 in overtime.

The Leaders
Halifax continues to lead both the Maritimes and overall standings with their 24-3-0-1 record and 49 points; while Telus West leaders Blainville-Boisbriand are second (21-6-1-2, 45 points) and Telus East leaders Quebec (20-8-0-1, 41 points) are third.

Currie leads all scorers with 27 goals and 25 assists; while Duffy is second as he has found the back of the net 20 times while assisting on 30 more, and Jaskin rounds out the top three with 49 points (23 goals, 26 assists.

Marcoux is the top goalie with his 12-3-0-1 record; 2.00 GAA, and 0.919 SAV%. Halifax netminder Zach Fucale (19-3-0-1, 2.51 GAA, 0.82 SAV%) is second; while Quebec netminder Francis Brassard is third as he has won 4 games while losing seven with no overtime losses and one shootout loss; has a goals against average of 2.56 and 0.908 SAV%.



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