QMJHL Weekly, December 7th, 2010

Hudon, Philips, and Arseneau Are Telus Three Stars

Chicoutimi forward Charles Hudon, Saint John centre Zack Phillips, and Acadie-Bathurst winger Vincent Arseneau as the Telus three stars of the week for the week ending December 5th, 2010.

Hudon began the week with three helpers and was the game’s first star as Chicoutimi skated to a 5-3 win over Rimouski on Friday. He added three more helpers and was the second star of the contest as Chicoutimi romped over Cape Breton 8-4 on Saturday and finished the week with a goal, two assists, and another first star of the game award as Chicoutimi skated to an 8-5 victory over Victoriaville on Sunday. Hudon finished the week a +8.

Phillips is a star for the second week in a row as he was the first star last week. He scored once, assisted on four more, and was the second star of the game as Saint John rumbled over Acadie-Bathurst 7-2 on Wednesday. He added three more helpers as Saint John cruised to a 6-2 win over Lewiston on Friday and added another goal in the Sea Dogs’ 5-2 win over Gatineau on Saturday. He finished the week a +1.

Arseneau scored once and lent a helping hand on three more as Acadie-Bathurst blanked PEI 8-0 on Friday. He added four more goals as the Titan skated to an 8-2 win over Gatineau on Sunday and finished the week a +6.

Brodeur, Meilleur and Belzile are the TELUS Three Stars of the Month

On Friday the League announced that Lewiston forward Etienne Brodeur, Montreal rearguard Francis Meilleur, and Rimouski forward Alex Belzile are the three stars of the month for November.

Brodeur added nine goals (three game winners) and gathered nine assists in 11 contests. Lewiston went 10-1 in its 11 contests.

Meilleur found the back of the net twice while lending a helping hand on eight more getting at least one point in nine games. Montreal won 10 of their 11 games in November and are second in the league standings.

Belzile found the twine on five occasions while assisting on 13 more and had a six game point scoring streak. He was the Telus first star of the week on November 22nd.

Hockey Canada Announces Team Canada WJC Selection Roster

On Monday Hockey Canada announced the Team Canada WJC selection roster. Thirty-nine players received the invitation to camp which will take place from December 12th-15th at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto, ON. Three are returning players—Jared Cowen (Allan, SK/Spokane, WHL), Calvin de Haan (Carp, ON/Oshawa, OHL) and Ryan Ellis (Freelton, ON./Windsor, OHL) helped Canada earn the silver medal at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship in Regina and Saskatoon, Sask. Ellis also won a gold medal with Canada at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ottawa, Ont.

In addition, 34 of the players named to the selection camp roster were drafted in either the 2009 or 2010 NHL Entry Drafts, including eighteen first-round selections and four second-round picks. Six players are from the QMJHL—Michaël Bournival (Shawinigan), Sean Couturier (Drummondville), Simon Després (Saint John), Brandon Gormley (Moncton), Louis Leblanc (Montréal) and Olivier Roy (Acadie-Bathurst).

Roster

Goaltender

JP Anderson R 5’10 192 02/14/1992 Toronto, ON, Mississauga (OHL) SJ ’10 (FA)
Calvin Pickard L 6’0 203 04/15/1992 Winnipeg, MB, Seattle (WHL) COL ’10 (2, 49)
Olivier Roy L 5’11 186 07/12/1991 Causapscal, QC, Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL) EDM ’09 (5, 133)
Mark Visentin L 6’1 198 08/07/1992 Waterdown, ON, Niagara (OHL) PHX ’10 (1, 27)

Defense

Tyson Barrie R 5’10 190 07/26/1991 Victoria, BC, Kelowna (WHL) COL ’09 (3, 64)
Jared Cowen * L 6’5 227 01/25/1991 Allan, SK, Spokane (WHL) OTT ’09 (1, 9)
Simon Desprès L 6’4 222 07/27/1991 Laval, QC, Saint John (QMJHL) PIT ’09 (1, 30)
Ryan Ellis ** R 5’10 184 01/03/1991 Freelton, ON, Windsor (OHL) NSH ’09 (1, 11)
Brandon Gormley L 6’2 192 02/18/1992 Murray River, PEI, Moncton (QMJHL) PHX ’10 (1, 13)
Erik Gudbranson R 6’4 211 01/07/1992 Orleans, ON, Kingston (OHL) FLA ’10 (1, 3)
Brayden McNabb L 6’4 219 01/21/1991 Davidson, SK, Kootenay (WHL) BUF ’09 (3, 66)
Ryan Murphy R 5’11 176 03/31/1993 Aurora, ON, Kitchener (OHL) 2011 Draft
Ryan Murray L 6’0 190 09/27/1993 White City, SK, Everett (WHL) 2012 Draft
Dylan Olsen L 6’2 223 01/03/1991 Calgary, AB, Minnesota-Duluth (NCAA) CHI ’09 (1, 28)
Mark Pysyk R 6’1 187 01/11/1992 Sherwood Park, AB, Edmonton (WHL) BUF ’10 (1, 23)
Calvin de Haan * L 6’0 189 05/09/1991 Carp, ON, Oshawa (OHL) NYI ’09 (1, 12)

Forward

Carter Ashton L 6’3 219 04/01/1991 Saskatoon, SK, Regina (WHL) TB ’09 (1, 29)
Michaël Bournival L 5’11 179 05/31/1992 Shawinigan-Sud, QC, Shawinigan (QMJHL) MTL/COL ’10 (3, 71)
Casey Cizikas L 5’11 191 02/27/1991 Mississauga, ON, Mississauga St. Michael’s (OHL) NYI ’09 (4, 92)
Brett Connolly R 6’2 181 05/02/1992 Port Hardy, BC, Prince George (WHL) TB ’10 (1, 6)
Sean Couturier L 6’3 192 12/07/1992 Bathurst, NB, Drummondville (QMJHL) 2011 Draft
Cody Eakin L 6’0 187 05/24/1991 Winnipeg, MB, Swift Current (WHL) WSH ’09 (3, 85)
Marcus Foligno L 6’1 200 08/10/1991 Sudbury, ON, Sudbury (OHL) BUF ’09 (4, 104)
Brendan Gallagher R 5’8 175 06/05/1992 Delta, BC, Vancouver (WHL) MTL ’10 (5, 147)
Curtis Hamilton L 6’3 202 12/04/1991 Kelowna, BC, Saskatoon (WHL) EDM ’10 (2, 48)
Joey Hishon L 5’10 171 10/20/1991 Stratford, ON, Owen Sound (OHL) COL ’10 (1, 17)
Quinton Howden L 6’2 192 01/21/1992 Oak Bank, MB, Moose Jaw (WHL) FLA ’10 (1, 25)
Ryan Howse L 5’10 194 07/06/1991 Prince George, BC, Chilliwack (WHL) CGY ’09 (3, 74)
Ryan Johansen R 6’2 193 07/31/1992 Port Moody, BC, Portland (WHL) CBJ ’10 (1, 4)
Zack Kassian R 6’3 226 01/24/1991 LaSalle, ON, Windsor (OHL) BUF ’09 (1, 13)
Louis Leblanc R 5’11 181 01/26/1991 Point-Claire, QC, Montreal (QMJHL) MTL ’09 (1, 18)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins L 6’0 166 04/12/1993 Burnaby, BC, Red Deer (WHL) 2011 Draft
Brandon Pirri L 6’1 171 04/10/1991 Toronto, ON, Rockford (AHL) CHI ’09 (2, 59)
Brad Ross L 5’11 174 05/28/1992 Lethbridge, AB, Portland (WHL) TOR ’10 (2, 43)
Brayden Schenn L 6’0 194 08/22/1991 Saskatoon, SK, Brandon (WHL) LA ’09 (1, 5)
Jaden Schwartz L 5’10 184 06/25/1992 Emerald Park, SK, Colorado College (NCAA) STL ’10 (1, 14)
Riley Sheahan L 6’2 204 12/07/1991 St. Catharines, ON, Notre Dame (NCAA) DET ’10 (1, 21)
Reilly Smith L 6’0 161 04/01/1991 Mimico, ON, Miami University (NCAA) DAL ’09 (3, 69)
Linden Vey R 6’0 185 07/17/1991 Wakaw, SK, Medicine Hat (WHL) LA ’09 (4, 96)
Garrett Wilson L 6’2 205 03/16/1991 Elmvale, ON, Owen Sound (OHL) FLA ’09 (4, 107)

Coaches

Dave Cameron , Head Coach Charlottetown, PEI, Mississauga (OHL)
George Burnett , Assistant Coach Port Perry, ON, Belleville (OHL)
André Tourigny , Assistant Coach Nicolet, QC, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)
Ryan Huska , Assistant Coach Cranbrook, BC, Kelowna Rockets (WHL)

Suspensions Handed Out

On Tuesday the League announced that Rouyn-Noranda forward Maxim Kazakov received a four game suspension for his hit to the head of a Baie-Comeau player in the Friday, November 26th game. The Leauge also suspended Cape Breton rearguard Spencer Metcalfe for two contests after he made in appropriate comments to Lewiston’s Oliver Dame-Malka on November 30th. The Screaming Eagles were also fined $500.00.

On Thursday the League announced that Acadie-Bathurst defenseman Olivier Hotte will have to sit out four games for hitting a Cape Breton player in the head on Sunday, November 29th.

Trade Winds Blow

On Wednesday Baie-Comeau acquired 18 year old Sebastein Bergeron from Gatineau for 19 year old Pierrick Martel. Since both players don’t play in the QMJHL they will have to wait until after the start of the third trading period according to Rule 2.14.2.

Saint John, Quebec, Montreal, and Lewiston Make CHL Top 10

When the CHL announced the Top 10 on Wednesday four QMJHL teams made the cut.

Saint John jumped one spot to second, Quebec remained fourth, Montreal moved up a spot to sixth, and Lewiston came in 10th. Drummondville was an honorable mention.

Top 10 Rankings – Week

1 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (22-2-0-1)
2 Saint John Sea Dogs (21-3-0-2)
3 Portland Winterhawks (21-5-0-3)
4 Quebec Remparts (21-6-0-2)
5 Saskatoon Blades (19-6-0-1)
6 Montreal Juniors (21-4-2-1)
7 Saginaw Spirit (18-5-3-1)
8 Owen Sound Attack (17-6-0-2)
9 Red Deer Rebels (18-7-1-2)
10 Lewiston MAINEiacs (21-8-0-2)

Honourable Mention:
Kitchener Rangers (17-6-0-1)
Kootenay Ice (18-7-0-2)
Drummondville Voltigeurs (18-8-3-1)

Board of Governors Vote In Favour of a Code of Ethics

On Friday the League Board of Governors voted in favor of adopting a Code of Ethics made up of a Code of Conduct to guide the teams, owners, and governors in their conduct and actions; to build a unity of action in the League; and to highlight it as a predominant value.

“With this new Code of Ethics, the governors have expressed their commitment to continually improving the League’s governance,” commented the President of the Board of Governors, Jean Brousseau. “The Code of Ethics is a chart that underlines the values which both owners and governors promise to respect in order to ensure that the League continues to prosper.”
—with information from http://en.lhjmq.qc.ca/

League Dedicates Education Fund To Munger

On Saturday League Commissioner Gilles Courteau held a press conference to announce that the QMJHL Education Fund will be dedicated to Gervais Munger in order to honour the memory of the former Chicoutimi Saguenéens player and Governor.

“Although the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s mission is to develop players for professional hockey, an extremely important part of our mission is to ensure that we support them academically in order to make sure that they become responsible and educated citizens which society can count on,” stated the Commissioner. “In this regard, we are certainly on the right track with 94% of our players pursuing their studies at a high school, cegep or university and based on the statistics provided by Alliance Sport-Étude, the success rate is approximately 83% for players currently taking courses at cegeps. Furthermore, the League contributed $396,000 in study-grants to 98 former players last year alone. Judging from these results, it’s safe to say that the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League has made enormous progress over the past ten years in academics, and unsurprisingly this progress coincides with the arrival of Gervais Munger on the Board of Governors.”

On Munger Courteau said that: “Academics and ensuring that players had the necessary support to succeed in school was always the first point on his agenda and he was very passionate about it. He expressed that legendary passion and used it to ingrain academics into the very fabric of our mission to the benefit of our student-athletes. We owe him a lot and today I am very proud to announce that our Education Fund will be renamed the Gervais Munger Education Fund to inspire future generations of student-athletes who wish to reach their potential through perseverance and hard work. That is the legacy that he has left us with.”

The Games This Week

Zachary Evans-Renaud scored the game winner 4:15 into the third as Lewiston edged Cape Breton 2-1; Brandon Hynes was the only shooter to score in the shootout as Victoriaville edged Rimouski 3-2; and Louis-Marc Aubry had the hat trick and one assist to lead Montreal to a 9-2 blowout of Rouyn-Noranda on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Gatineau got two goals and one assist from Jean-Gabriel Pageau in their 4-1 win over PEI; Jonathan Huberdeau had the hat trick and one helper in Saint John’s 7-2 blasting of Acadie-Bathurst; Maximilien Le Sieur’s goal 4:57 into the second gave Shawinigan a 2-1 win over Halifax; and Artem Sergeev scored the game winner 4:38 into overtime as Val-d’Or nipped Montreal 4-3.

There was only one game on Thursday as Shane Owen made 40 saves as Moncton was outshot 43-20 in their 4-3 victory over Lewiston.

There was a full slate of games in tap on Friday as Jonathan Lessard led the way for Acadie-Bathurst with three goals in their 8-0 blowout of PEI: Adam Janosik scored the game winner 4:11 into the extra frame as Gatineau edged Moncton 3-2; Huberdeau and Michael Kirkpatrick had a goal and assist each as Saint John skated to a 6-2 win over Lewiston; Philip-Michael Devos led the way with a goal and two helpers as Victoriaiville welcomed Quebec with a 5-2 victory; David Rose and Charles Landry found the back of the net once and lent a helping hand on two more each as Montreal skated past Shawinigan 4-1; Taylor MacDougall led the way with two goals, one assist, and the shootout winner as Cape Breton nipped Baie-Comeau 5-4; Guillaume Asselin scored twice to lead Chicoutimi to a 5-3 win over Riimouski; Jean-Philippe Mathieu also had two markers for Drummondville in their 4-1 win over Rouyn-Noranda; and Alex Souligny’s goal 8:16 into the second was the decisive marker as Halifax edged Val-d’OR 4-3.

On Saturday Jason Missian made 27 saves as Baie-Comeau was outshot 29-24 in their 3-2 win over Rimouski; Nicolas Therrien led the way with two goals and two assists as Chicoutimi doubled Cape Breton 8-4; PEI doubled Moncton 6-3 on the strength of Jamie MacIntyre’s two goals ; Tomas Jurco found the twine twice to lead Saint John past Gatineau 5-2;Louis Domingue made 28 saves to Quebec to a 6-2 win over Shawinigan; and Alexandre Beauregard, Jerome Raymond, and Jessyko Bernard all scored for Rouyn-Noranda; while Charles Bety led the way for Halifax with a goal and assist in the Huskies’ 3-2 win.
On Sunday Vincent Arseneau added four goals to lead Acadie-Bathurst to an 8-2 win over Gatineau; Tomas Filiippi added a goal and assist to lead Quebec to a 4-0 shutout of Cape Breton; Jean-Francois Berube made 31 saves as Montreal was outshot 34-30 in their 5-3 win over Lewiston; Ondrej Palat scored twice and assisted on one more as Drummondville doubled Val-d’Or 6-3; and Steve Lebel and Alexandre Lavoie scored twice each to lead Chcioutimi to an 8-5 win over Victoriaville.

The Leaders

Two expansion cousins sit on top of their respective division standings this week and are first and second overall. Saint John leads both the Maritime and overall standings with their 24-3-0-2 record for 50 points; while Montreal, who came into the league with Saint John as the St. John’s Fog Devils for the 2005-06 season before moving to Montreal for the 2008-09 season, top the Telus West standings as they also have 50 points (23-4-3-1). Quebec tops the Telus West standings as they have 48 points on their 23-7-0-2 record.

Victoriville forwards Philip-Michael Devos leads all scorers with 21 goals and 39 assists in 32 games; while Drummondville centre Sean Couturier is second with 15 goals and 32 helpers in 31 contests; while Acadie-Bathurst centre Gabriel Levesque rounds out the top three as he has found the back of the net on 12 occasions while lending a helping hand on 35 more in the 31 contests that he has skated in.

Between the pipes Chicoutimi’s Christopher Gibson has a 7-6-1-2 record to go along with his 2.20 GAA, and 0.928 SAV% to lead all goalies. Saint John’s Frederic Piche backstops his way into second place as he has won 11 games while losing one, has no overtime losses, and only two shootout losses to go along with his goals against average of 2.34 and 0.901 SAV%. Drummondville’s Guillaume Nadeau (13-3-3-1, 2.36 GAA, 0.901 SAV%) rounds out the top three.

The Games To Come

Two games kick off the schedule on Tuesday as PEI is at home to Saint John in an all-Maritime matchup; while Baie-Comeau is in Lewiston for all all-Telus east affair.

On Wednesday Montreal is at home to Rouyn-Noranda; Saint John and PEI square off again in the backend of a home and home affair in Saint John; and Quebec hosts Val-d’Or.

Halifax is at home to Moncton; Baie-Comeau is in Shawinigan; and Acadie-Bathurst begins their Quebec road trip with a stop in Victoriaville on Thursday.
On Friday Saint John makes their way to Lewiston; Shawinigan is in Montreal; Chicoutimi is at home to Acadie-Bathurst; Drummondville hosts Rouyn-Noranda; Victoriaville and Gatineau take to the ice in Gatineau; and Rimouski is at home to Val-d’Or.

Twelve teams take to the ice on Saturday as Shawinigan entertains Rouyn-Noranda; Val-d’OR finishes up their trip to Rimouski; Quebec is in Halifax; PEI is at home to Cape Breton; Drummondville hosts Victoriaville; and Baie-Comeau welcomes Acadie-Bathurst.

The weekend will end with four games on Sunday as Halifax and Saint battle at Harbour Station in a Maritime contest; Quebec ends their Eastern Canadian road trip with a stop in Moncton; Montreal and Drummondville take to the ice in Verdun, and Gatineau hosts Rouyn-Noranda in two Telus West contests.

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