QMJHL Weekly: December 9th, 2011

Gauthier-Leduc, MacKinnon and Brassard Are TELUS Three Stars

Rimouski rearguard Jerome Gauthier-Leduc, Halifax forward Nathan MacKinnon, and Quebec netminder Frederic Brassard are the Telus Three Stars of the Week for the week ending December 4th, 2011.

Gauthier-Leduc scored twice, lent a helping hand on one more, and was the third star of the game as Rimouski doubled Gatineau 6-3 on Tuesday. He added another two goals, helped out on two more, and was the game’s first star as Rimouski edged Chicoutimi 5-4 on Friday.

MacKinnon began the week with one assist as Halifax skated to a 5-3 win over Gatineau on Friday night and exploded for five goals and game’s first star award as the Mooseheads defeated Quebec 6-4 on Saturday. MacKinnon finished the week a +5.

Brassard made 22 saves and was the second star of the game as Quebec clobbered Cape Breton 7-1 on Thursday. He made two in 1:58 of action before being replaced in the game against Halifax on Saturday and added 38 more and the first star of the game honors as the Remparts ended the week with a 3-1 victory against PEI on Sunday. He tops all rookie netminders with his 2.50 GAA and 0. 920 SAV%.

Phillips, Grigorenko, and Will Are Telus Three Stars for November

Saint John forward Zach Phillips, Quebec right winger Mikhail Grigorenko, and Moncton goalie Roman Will are the Telus Three Stars of the Month for November.

Phillips began the month with two assists as Saint John lost 4-3 to Rimouski on November 2nd. He added another goal, assist, and the third star of the game award on November 4th as the Sea Dogs blanked Baie-Comeau 7-0 and lent a helping hand on two more on November 5th as Saint John edged the Drakkar 3-2. He added two more helpers on Remembrance Day as Saint John romped to a 7-3 win over PEI; added one assist in the 4-3 win over Halifax on November 12th; and completed the weekend with another helper in the Sea Dogs’ 5-3 win over Baie-Comeau. Phillips found the twine twice and was the game’s first star as the Sea Dogs skated to a 4-3 win over Rouyn-Noranda on November 16th; added another assist as Saint John nipped PEI 2-1 on November 18th; and ended the second last weekend in November with four helpers and the second star of the game award as Saint John was nipped 6-5 by Acadie-Bathurst on November 20th. Phillips scored the team’s lone goal in the 4-1 loss to Quebec on November 22nd; lent a helping hand on one more as the team skated to a 5-2 win over Cape Breton on November 25th; added another goal and assist as the Sea Dogs swept the Screaming Eagles with a 4-1 win on the 26th; and ended November with two helpers as Saint John nipped Moncton 2-1 in overtime this past Wednesday. Phillips was a +18 for that time period and set a new team record by scoring at least one point in 20 consecutive games.

Grigorenko began November with one goal, one assist, and the third star of the game award as Shawinigan nipped Quebec 4-3 on the 1st. He found the back of the net once more in the team’s 4-1 win over Gatineau on November 2nd. Grigorenko scored once and lent a hand on another as the team notched another 4-1 victory this time over Chicoutimi on November 4th. He chipped in one more, helped out on another, and was the third star of the game on Veteran’s Day as Quebec skated to a 5-2 win over Rouyn-Noranda and closed out the weekend as he assisted on one in the team’s 5-1 win over Val-d’Or on November 12th. He led the way with one goal and two helpers as the Remparts began the next week by doubling Baie-Comeau 4-2 on November 16th; scored once and assisted on one more as the team nipped Rimouski 4-3 on November 18th and finished the weekend with another goal, assist, and the second star of the game award as the Remparts bounced Halifax 6-1 on the 19th. Grigorenko began the second last week of the month with a hat trick and the game’s first star award in the 4-3 win over Saint John on the 22nd and lent a helping hand on two in the team’s 3-1 win over Chicoutimi on November 27th. He had four consecutive games of at least one goal and scored two points or more in seven straight contests.

Will began November with 19 saves as the Wildcats nipped Halifax 2-1 on the 4th. He followed that up with 24 more as the team edged New Brunswick rivals Acadie-Bathurst 4-3 two nights later. The following Saturday Will stopped all 29 shots he faced and was the game’s third star in the 4-0 shutout of Baie-Comeau and stopped 28 of 29 the next day in the Wildcats’ 5-1 win over Cape Breton. On November 17th Will made 23 more saves as Moncton skated to a 5-2 win over Rouyn-Noranda. Will stopped 27 of the 30 sent his way in Moncton’s nipped Victoriaville 4-3 on November 19th. He ended that week with 34 saves when the Wildcats edged division rivals Halifax 4-3 on the last Sunday in the month and ended November with 28 saves on 30 shots and was the game’s second star in the 2-1 overtime loss to Saint John on Wednesday. He went 7-1 with a 1.81 GAA and 0.934 SAV%.

Americans, Swedes and Russians Announce World Junior Camp Rosters

The Russian Ice Hockey Federation, Swedish Ice Hockey Federation, and USA Hockey have announced their selection camp rosters for the World Junior Hockey Championships that will take place from December 26th, 2011-January 5th, 2012 in Calgary and Edmonton, AB.

The Russian camp will take place in Novogorsk from December 7th-18th; and the team will travel to Canada on the 18th. Their roster is made up of mostly 1992 born players. One player—Yevgeni Kuznetsov—returns from last year’s gold medal team.

CHLers Nail Yakupov and Mikhail Grigorenko, who are ranked fourth in scoring in the OHL and QMJHL respectively could also join the team.

Sweden has five players returning from the team last year. They are defenceman John Klingberg (Jokerit Helsinki, Finland) and Patrik Nemeth (AIK Stockholm), and forwards Johan Larsson (Brynäs Gävle), Max Friberg (Timrå) and Rickard Rackell (Plymouth, OHL).

Sweden’s roster includes two highly touted 17-year-olds: Filip Forsberg (Leksand) and Sebastian Collberg (Frölunda), both eligible for the IIHF World U18 Championship and also for the upcoming NHL draft.

Four of the camp invitees–forwards Mika Zibanejad, Djurgården, Rickard Rakell and Färjestad’s defensive pairing Jonas Brodin/Oscar Klefbom were drafted in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Zibanejad was taken with the sixth pick and played nine games with the Ottawa Senators this year. Minnesota took Brodin with the 10th pick and Edmonton drafted Klefbom 19th; and Anaheim took Rackell.

For the USA they have 29 players invited to the camp which will take place in Camrose, AB from December 17th-23rd with the final 22 player roster named on the 22nd.

The camp will include exhibition games against Russia (Dec. 20), Switzerland (Dec. 21) and Slovakia (Dec. 23).

Eight players will return from the 2011 bronze medal winning team—goaltender Jack Campbell; defensemen Justin Faulk, Derek Forbort, and Jon Merrill; and forwards Nick Bjugstad, Charlie Coyle, Emerson Etem, and Jason Zucker.

Both Campbell and Zucker were also members of the gold medal-winning 2010 National Junior Team.

Andy Iles has been named the team’s emergency goaltender. He will not attend Team USA’s pre-tournament camp. Faulk, who is currently playing for the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, was named to the roster pending release by the Hurricanes.

US Roster
G1 Jack Cambpell*^ 6-2 182 1/9/92 L Port Huron, MI Soo Greyhounds (OHL)
G 35 John Gibson 6-3 200 7/14/93 L Pittsburgh, PA Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
G 29 Andy Iles*% 5-9 180 1/30/92 L Ithaca, NY Cornell Univ. (ECACH)
D 5 Adam Clendening 5-11 190 10/26/92 R Niagara Falls, NY Boston Univ. (HEA)
D 25 Justin Faulk*# 5-11 200 3/20/92 R South St. Paul, MN Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)
D 4 Derek Forbort* 6-5 200 3/4/92 L Duluth, MN Univ. of North Dakota (WCHA)
D 12 Kevin Gravel 6-4 190 3/6/92 L Kingsford, MI St. Cloud State Univ. (WCHA)
D 28 Stephen Johns 6-4 221 4/18/92 R Wampum, PA Univ. of Notre Dame (CCHA)
D 6 Seth Jones 6-3 195 10/3/94 R Plano, TX U.S. NTDP U-18 (USHL)
D 7 Austin Levi 6-4 190 2/16/92 L Aurora, CO Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
D 15 Jon Merrill* 6-3 209 2/3/92 L Brighton, MI Univ. of Michigan (CCHA)
D 24 Jarred Tinordi 6-7 215 2/20/92 L Millersville, MD London Knights (OHL)
D 8 Jake Trouba 6-2 191 2/26/94 R Rochester, MI U.S. NTDP U-18 (USHL)
F 9 Kenny Agostino 5-11 195 4/30/92 L Flanders, NJ Yale Univ. (ECACH)
F 21 Josh Archibald 5-10 170 10/6/92 R Brainerd, MN Univ. of Nebraska Omaha (WCHA)
F 14 Bill Arnold 6-0 215 5/13/92 R Needham, MA Boston College (HEA)
F 27 Nick Bjugstad* 6-4 204 7/17/92 R Blaine, MN Univ. of Minnesota (WCHA)
F 23 Connor Brickley 6-1 195 2/25/92 L Everett, MA Univ. of Vermont (HEA)
F 3 Charlie Coyle* 6-2 207 3/2/92 R East Weymouth, MA Boston Univ. (HEA)
F 2 Austin Czarnik 5-8 152 12/12/92 R Washington, MI Miami Univ. (CCHA)
F 10 Emerson Etem 6-1 197 6/16/92 L Long Beach, Calif. Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
F 17 Brian Ferlin 6-1 200 6/3/92 R Jacksonville, FL Cornell Univ. (ECACH)
F 13 John Gaudreau 5-7 150 8/13/93 L Carneys Point, NJ Boston College (HEA)
F 11 J.T. Miller 6-1 195 3/14/93 L East Palestine, OH Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
F 18 Shane Prince 5-11 185 11/16/92 L Spencerport, NY Ottawa 67′s (OHL)
F 20 Kyle Rau 5-8 172 10/24/92 L Eden Prairie, MN Univ. of Minnesota (WCHA)
F 22 Brandon Saad 6-2 206 10/27/92 L Gibsonia, PA Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
F 19 T.J. Tynan 5-8 170 2/25/92 R Orland Park, IL Univ. of Notre Dame (CCHA)
F 26 Austin Watson 6-3 195 1/13/92 R Ann Arbor, MI Peterborough Petes (OHL)
F 16 Jason Zucker*^ 5-11 180 1/16/92 L Las Vegas, NV Univ. of Denver (WCHA)
* 2011 U.S. National Junior Team Member
^ 2010 U.S. National Junior Team Member
% Emergency goaltender
# Pending release by Carolina Hurricanes
Team Staff
Head Coach: Dean Blais, Omaha, NE
Assistant Coach: Scott Sandelin, Hermantown, MN
Assistant Coach: Tom Ward, Prior Lake, MN
Assistant Coach: Joe Exter, New Albany, OH
Courtesy USA Hockey

Russia’s preparation camp roster
Goalkeepers:
Sergei Kostenko, Metallurg Novokuznetsk
Igor Saprykin, Vityaz Chekhov
Andrei Vasilevski, Tolpar Ufa
Defencemen:
Viktor Antipin, Metallurg Magnitogorsk
Mikhail Naumenkov, CSKA Moscow
Grigori Zheldakov, Spartak Moscow
Ildar Isangulov, Salavat Yulayev Ufa
Nikita Nesterov, Traktor Chelyabinsk
Alexei Marchenko, CSKA Moscow
Zakhar Arzamastsev, Metallurg Novokuznetsk
Roman Kudinov, Vityaz Chekhov
Igor Ozhiganov, CSKA Moscow
Denis Barantsev, MVD Balashikha
Forwards:
Nikita Gusev, CSKA Moscow
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Moscow
Vladislav Kartayev, Salavat Yulayev Ufa
Danil Apalkov, Metallurg Magnitogorsk
Pavel Kulikov, Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
Yaroslav Kosov, Metallurg Magnitogorsk
Bogdan Potekhin, Metallurg Magnitogorsk
Bulat Shavaleyev, Ak Bars Kazan
Emil Galimov, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
Yevgeni Kuznetsov, Traktor Chelyabinsk
Ainars Podzinsh, Dinamo Riga
Ignat Zemchenko, Severstal Cherepovets
Nikolai Prokhorkin, CSKA Moscow
Pavel Medvedev, Spartak Moscow
Sergei Barbashov, CSKA Moscow

Sweden’s Roster
Goaltenders:
Anton Forsberg, Modo
Johan Mattsson, Sudbury
Johan Gustafsson, Luleå
Defencemen:
Mattias Bäckman, Linköping
Jonas Brodin, Färjestad
Fredrik Claesson, Djurgården
Oscar Klefbom, Färjestad
Petter Granberg, Skellefteå
John Klingberg, Jokerit
Patrik Nemeth, AIK
Forwards:
Sebastian Collberg, Frölunda
Johan Larsson, Brynäs
Johan Sundström, Frölunda
Max Friberg, Timrå
Filip Forsberg, Leksand
William Karlsson, Västerås
Victor Rask, Calgary
Joakim Nordström, AIK
Mika Zibanejad, Djurgården
Ludvig Rensfelt, Sarnia
Rickard Rakell, Plymouth
Pontus Åberg, Djurgården
Erik Thorell, Färjestad

Big Money Raised for Movember

QMJHL officials, supervisors, and league office staff raised $4,410 for Movember. The money will go towards research to find a cure for prostate cancer. The Canadian Hockey League in partnership with the two other regional leagues, the OHL and the WHL, all took part in this worthwhile cause.

The funds raised will be directed to programs run directly by Movember and Prostate Cancer Canada. Together, the two channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative programs.

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League would like to congratulate its officials and supervisers for their participation in proudly sporting their ‘mo’ throughout the month.

The Saint John Sea Dogs’ also raised nearly $4000.00.

Players and staff of the Saint John Sea Dogs grew moustaches throughout the month of November in support of men’s health and prostate cancer research. The team solicited donations throughout the month, amassing nearly $2,000 towards the cause. Sea Dogs Chairman and CEO Scott McCain matched that amount Thursday, bringing the total to nearly $4,000.

“As a male in my 50s, I’m mindful of the importance of raising awareness and funds for men’s health,” McCain said. “I’m proud to be able to match the donations raised by players and staff. My congratulations go out to them for their efforts to support of this very important initiative.”

To encourage the players to “grow their mo’s” and solicit donations, the team awarded prizes for the best and worst moustaches, as well as the top fundraiser as of 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

Stephen MacAulay earned the top fundraiser award with a total of $490 at midnight, although donations continue to roll in for Jonathan Huberdeau, who has since passed his fellow forward.

Meanwhile, fans on the team’s Facebook and Twitter pages decided overwhelmingly to recognize defenceman Spencer MacDonald for having the best moustache, while goaltender Mathieu Corbeil earned the ignominious distinction of the worst.

MacAulay, MacDonald and Corbeil will all receive prizes from the team for their efforts.

The Sea Dogs also helped promote another community cause this week, making a donation to the Raising the Roof campaign to fight youth homelessness.

The team purchased red toques for players, coaches and staff, and posed for photos wearing the distinctive headwear, which is being sold to raise money for the Saint John Youth House project.

“Connecting with our community has always been important to the Sea Dogs, and this is another worthy cause we are happy to support,” said Sea Dogs President Wayne Long. “We hope people will see our players, coaches and staff wearing these red toques and support the Raising the Roof cause themselves.”

Toques can be purchased at the Human Development Council on the 3rd floor of the City Market, or go to http://www.raisingtheroof.org/ to order online.

The entire Canadian Hockey League participated in Movember this season and raised nearly $125,000. Funds raised are directed to programs run by Movember and men’s health partner, Prostate Cancer

Courtesy Saint John Sea Dogs

Four Teams Make CHL Top 10

When the Canadian Hockey League announced the top 10 rankings on Wednesday four QMJHL teams made the cup. Saint John moved up one spot to second; Quebec dropped back two to fourth; Shawinigan moved up two to sixth; and Victoriaville remained ninth.

Rankings
1 London Knights (20-5-0-1)
2 Saint John Sea Dogs (24-7-0-1)
3 Tri-City Americans (19-6-0-0)
4 Quebec Remparts (21-5-2-1)
5 Saskatoon Blades (18-8-0-1)
6 Shawinigan Cataractes (19-8-1-2)
7 Kootenay Ice (18-5-1-2)
8 Plymouth Whalers (17-8-2-1)
9 Victoriaville Tigres (19-9-0-1)
10 Sarnia Sting (15-6-1-4)
Honourable Mention: Portland Winterhawks (17-9-1-1); Kitchener Rangers (17-7-1-0);
Vancouver Giants (17-9-1-1)

Suspensions Handed Out

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada defenseman Nikita Kolesnikovs has been suspended for two games; and Moncton left winger Olivier Daoust received an eight game suspension this past week.

Kolesnikovs was suspended for his hit from behind of a Rimouski player on Friday the 25th; while Daoust was also suspended for hitting a Saint John player from behind this past Tuesday.

League Releases Policy Regarding Use Of Social Media

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Commissioner Gilles Courteau announced a new policy to legislate the use of social media.

“The QMJHL understands and appreciates the importance of social networking as it relates to the personal and professional lives of its stakeholders,” said the Commissioner. “Although social media represent an important forum so that our publics can establish relationships, share information and opinions, it also represents an unsupervised medium for inappropriate conduct to occur; conduct which can be detrimental to the welfare of the League and its actors. As such, the

QMJHL holds its actors, which use or participate in social networking, to the same standards as it does for all forms of media.”

Read the Policy

The Games This Week

Play began with two games on Tuesday when Saint John needed overtime and a goal from Charles-Olivier Roussel in their 2-1 win over Moncton for another victory in the New Brunswick News Rivalry Cup; and Alexandre Mallet found the back of the net twice while lending a helping hand on two more as Rimouski doubled Gatineau 6-3.

Xavier Ouellet and Cédrick Paquette scored for Blainville-Boisband in the shootout; while Emil Sylvegard did the same for Drummondville in the Armada’s 3-2 shootout win on Wednesday.

Michael MacNamee and Alexandre Comtois scored twice and lent a helping hand on one more each as Quebec romped to a 7-1 win over Cape Breton; Alex Saulnier’s goal with 1:50 left in regulation gave Moncton a 4-3 win over Gatineau; and Jordan Murray chipped in a goal and helped out on one more to lead Acadie-Bathurst to a 4-0 shutout of PEI on Thursday.

Gabriel Desjardins had the hat trick as Halifax welcomed Gatineau with a 5-3 win; Yannick Veilleux added a goal and assist to lead Shawinigan to a 3-1 win over Acadie-Bathurst; Lukas Cingel scored the game winner 3:06 into the third as Baie-Comeau nipped Blainville-Boisband 2-1; Jerome Gauthier-Leduc added two goals and lent a helping hand on two more as Rimouski edged Chicoutimi 5-4; Mathieu Brisbois led Rouyn-Noranda with one goal and three helpers as the Huskies got past Drummondville 6-5; and Phillip Danault and Simon Darveau added a goal and two assists each as Victoriaville romped to a 6-1 win over Val-d’Or on Friday.

Matthew Bissonnette scored the game winner 1:42 into overtime as Acadie-Bathurst edged Chicoutimi 3-2; Dany Potvin and Jonathan Brunelle added a goal and assist each as Cape Breton routed Moncton 6-1; Nathan MacKinnon was a one man scoring machine as he contributed five of his team’s six goals on their way to a 6-5 victory over Quebec; Nathan Beaulieu’s power play goal 1:57 into overtime gave Saint John a 3-2 win over Shawinigan; Mathieu Lemay found the twine twice as Rouyn-Noranda edged Victoriaville 5-4; and Hugo Campeau made24 saves as Val-d’Or blanked Drummondville 2-0 on Saturday.

Etienne Brodeur led the way with the hat trick and two helpers as Chicoutimi skated to an 8-3 win over Saint John; Denise Kind scored the game winner 31 seconds into overtime as Cape Breton edged Gatineau 4-3; Francois Brassard made 38 saves as Quebec was outshot 39-34 in their 3-1 win over PEI; and Etienne Marcoux stopped 32 of the 35 shots that he faced as Blainville-Boisband was outshot 35-14 in their 4-3 win over Baie-Comeau on Sunday.

The Leaders

Saint John is in the top spot in both the Maritimes and overall standings as they are 25-8-0-1 with 51 points; while Quebec sits on top of the Telus East standings and are second overall with 49 points (23-6-2-1); while the Telus West division has a new leader with Blainville-Boisband (16-14-2-0, 34 points) takes over from Gatineau.

A pair of Acadie-Bathurst forwards are one and two in the scoring race as Zach O’Brien is first with 28 goals and 28 assists in 32 games; while Sebastien Trudeau moves to second with 15 goals and 39 helpers in 33 contests. Drummondville forward Yanni Gourde drops back to third as he has found the back of the net 18 times while helping out on 35 more in 31 contests.

Between the pipes the top two from last week remains the same as Saint John’s Mathieu Corbeil is 19-5-0-0 with a 2.26 GAA and 0.916 SAV%; while a pair of Quebec goalies are second and third with Louis Domingue finishing second as he has won 13 games with four losses, one overtime loss, and one shootout loss; has a goals against average of 2.46 and 0.924 SAV%; and Brassard third with his 10-2-1-0, 2.50 GAA, and 0.920 SAV%.

The Games To Come

Three games will take place on Tuesday as Acadie-Bathurst welcomes Rimouski; Baie-Comeau is in Shawinigan; and Val-d’Or makes their way to Rouyn-Noranda.

On Wednesday Cape Breton begins their Quebec road trip with a stop in Drummondville; while Moncton does likewise in Rimouski on Thursday.

Eight games will kick off the weekend on Friday with two Maritimes contests as PEI welcomes Halifax, and the Battle of New Brunswick will see Bathurst in Saint John. The Battle of Quebec will open up on five fronts as Rouyn-Noranda is in Quebec City; two Telus East tilts will see Rimouski in Victoriaville, and Chicoutimi at home to Baie-Comeau; Blainville-Boisband is at home to Telus West rivals Val-d’Or; and Drummondville makes their way to Chicoutimi. Cape Breton continues their Quebec trip with a stop in Gatineau in the East-Quebec game.

On Saturday Moncton is in Baie-Comeau; Victoriaville welcomes Rouyn-Noranda; PEI is in Bathurst, and Saint John is at home to Halifax in the first of two games in a home and home series in two Maritimes contests; Cape Breton stops by Blainville-Boisband; and Drummondville hosts Telus West rivals Rouyn-Noranda.

The weekend will end with five games on Sunday as Halifax hosts Saint John; Val-d’Or is in Quebec City; Moncton finishes their Quebec trip with a stop in Chicoutimi; Gatineau welcomes Telus West rivals Rouyn-Noranda; and Telus East rivals Rimouski and Shawinigan take to the ice in Rimouski.

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