Sea Dogs Are Champs Once Again
For the second consecutive year the Saint John Sea Dogs are champions of the QMJHL.
The team is the first repeat winners since the Gatineau Olympiques did it in 2003 and 2004 and it is the seventh time overall in league history.
On Tuesday the Sea Dogs took a 3-0 lead in games with a 6-4 win in Rimouski. Danick Gauthier scored twice; and Stephen MacAulay, Tomas Jurco, and Charles-Olivier Roussel had singles for Saint John; while Jerome Gauthier-Leduc, Alexandre Mallet, Francis Beauvillier, and Petr Straka added the Oceanic markers.
The team closed out the series with an 8-0 rout on Thursday thanks to goals from Stanislev Galiev who had three; Jurco who had two; and Zack Phillips, Jonathan Huberdeau, and Gauthier had singles.
Following the game Sea Dogs’ forward Charlie Coyle was named the winner of the Guy Lafleur Trophy awarded to the playoff MVP. Coyle added 15 goals and 19 assists for the Sea Dogs in the playoffs this season. In 23 regular season games since joining the Sea Dogs at the end of the World Junior Championships in January Coyle recorded 15 goals and added 23 assists.
Galiev finished as the playoffs top scorer with 16 goals and 18 assists in 17 games; while Coyle finished second; and Phillips rounded out the top three with 32 points (9G, 23A) in 17 games.
Based on a minimum of 500:00 played Saint John’s Mathieu Corbeil leads all netminders with his 16-0-1 record, 2.08 GAA, and 0.919 SAV%. Quebec Remparts’ netminder Louis Domingue (7-3-1-0, 2.65 GAA, 0.897 SAV%) is second while the Blainville-Boisband Armada’s Etienne Marcoux has won seven games, lost three, has one overtime loss, and no shootout losses, has a goals against average of 2.85, and 0.897 SAV% to round out the top three.
The Memorial Cup Gets Underway with one game on Friday as Shawinigan takes on the Edmonton Oil Kings.
Saint John will take on the London Knights on Saturday; and London faces Shawinigan on Sunday.
Corbeil Is CHL Goalie of the Week
Corbeil is the CHL Goalie of the Week for the week ending May 6th.
He went 2-0 with a 1.60 GAA and 0.931 SAV% over that time frame.
On Friday Corbeil made 40 saves in the 3-2 double overtime win over Ri+mouski and followed that up with 14 more in another 3-2 win on Saturday.
Victoriaville and Drummondville Welcome The World
On Tuesday Hockey Canada in partnership with Hockey Quebec announced that Victoriaville and Drummondville will host the 2013 World U17 Hockey Challenge from December 28th, 2012-January 4th, 2013.
The 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will follow the same format as previous years, with five Canadian entries (Atlantic, Ontario, Pacific, Quebec, West) being joined by five international teams, with two groups of five teams. The top two teams from both groups will advance to the semifinals, while the remaining three teams from both groups will cross over for placement games.
The 27-game tournament will be based out of the Colisée Desjardins in Victoriaville, home of the Victoriaville Tigres, and the Centre Marcel Dionne in Drummondville, home of the Drummondville Voltigeurs, both of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). Ticket information for the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will be released at a later date.
“It is a great honour for our communities, Victoriaville and Drummondville, to host the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge,” said Jérôme Mésonéro, president of the host committee. “Our host committee, in partnership with Hockey Québec and Hockey Canada, will put in place an extraordinary event for all the fans and players.”
Québec last hosted the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in 1994 in Amos, where the host province won the gold medal. Québec has won the tournament on three occasions; it also won gold in 1986 in Quebec City, Que., and 2006 in Regina, Sask.
“The World Under-17 Hockey Challenge gives many up-and-coming young players the chance to showcase their skills on an international stage for the first time,” said Bob Nicholson, president and CEO of Hockey Canada. “We look forward to Victoriaville and Drummondville, two great junior hockey towns, hosting this prestigious event, which represents an important step in our Program of Excellence for participating Canadian players.”
Since the first World Under-17 Hockey Challenge (then known as the Québec Esso Cup) in 1986, more than 1,100 NHL draft picks have played in the tournament, including nine of the last 10 first-overall selections (Ilya Kovalchuk, 2001; Rick Nash, 2002; Marc-André Fleury, 2003; Alexander Ovechkin, 2004; Erik Johnson, 2006; Patrick Kane, 2007; John Tavares, 2009; Taylor Hall, 2010; Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 2011).
The 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will bring together the top players in the world born in 1996 or later. The regional under-17 program is the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence. Many players who compete at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge go on to represent Canada with the National Men’s Under-18 Team, National Junior Team and National Men’s Team.