Sea Dogs Are Champs
For the first time in franchise history the Saint John Sea Dogs are the QMJHL Champions. They won the title in only their fifth season of existence with a 3-2 double overtime win over the Gatineau Olympiques on Sunday as Alexandre Beauregard netted his first of the year with 4:15 left in the second extra frame.
On Wednesday the Sea Dogs also needed double overtime to defeat the Olympiques as Ryan Tesink netted his third with 44 seconds left in the second extra frame.
Gatineau denied Saint John a chance to take the series on their home ice with a 3-2 win in Saint John on Friday the 13th as Jean-Gabriel Pageau netted his 13th of the playoffs for the game winner 10:00 into the third.
Saint John forward Jonathan Huberdeau was named the MVP of the playoffs as he scored 16 times while lending a helping hand on 14 more over the 19 games that he played in during the post season.
CHL Announces Schedule Changes for Memorial Cup
On Thursday the CHL and the Memorial Cup Host Committee announced the start times for the round-robin games on Saturday May 21 and Sunday May 22 have been changed to 7:00 pm Eastern.
Saturday’s game will see the OHL Champions the Owen Sound Attack take on the WHL Champions the Kootenay Ice; while the host team the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors will face the Ice on Sunday.
The change allows CHL fans the opportunity to enjoy the 2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup in prime time while also having the opportunity to watch the Stanley Cup Playoffs throughout the afternoon.
2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup Schedule (All times are Eastern):
Round-Robin Game 1 – Saint John vs. Mississauga on Friday May 20, 2011 at 7:00 pm
Round-Robin Game 2 – Owen Sound vs. Kootenay on Saturday May 21, 2011 at 7:00 pm
Round-Robin Game 3 – Mississauga vs. Kootenay on Sunday May 22, 2011 at 7:00 pm
Round-Robin Game 4 – Owen Sound vs. Saint John on Monday May 23, 2011 at 7:00 pm
Round-Robin Game 5 – Kootenay vs. Saint John on Tuesday May 24, 2011 at 7:00 pm
Round-Robin Game 6 – Mississauga vs. Owen Sound on Wednesday May 25, 2011 at 7:00 pm
Tie-Breaker (if necessary) – Thursday May 26, 2011 at 7:00 pm
Semi-Final – Friday May 27, 2011 at 7:00 pm
Championship Final – Sunday May 29, 2011 at 7:00 pm
Ducharme Is New Halifax Coach
On May 6th the Halifax Mooseheads announced that Dominique Ducharme would be their new head coach. Ducharme, 38, spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach with the QMJHL’s Montreal Junior under Pascal Vincent. Prior to his tenure with the Junior, he was head coach of Joliette Action in the Quebec Jr AAA Hockey League from 2004 to 2008. With the Action, Ducharme compiled an impressive record of 149-43-4-7 winning two league titles, along with the Fred Page Cup in 2006. While in Joliette, he was named Coach-of-the-Year in 2008 after being a finalist for the award the three previous seasons. Furthermore, Ducharme was an assistant from 2002 to 2004 with UQTR Patriotes, winning a CIS Championship in 2003.
Ducharme is the head coach of Team Quebec for the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge this coming December in Winnipeg. He was as an associate coach with the same program last year on a team which starred current Mooseheads Luca Ciampini and Simon Desmarais.
Ducharme played NCAA Division 1 hockey with the University of Vermont Catamounts between 1991 and 1995 recording 149 points in 130 games. He followed up his career at Vermont with 7 years of professional hockey spent mainly in the French Professional Leagues.
With information from http://en.lhjmq.qc.ca/
Dwyer is PEI Bench Boss
On Saturday the PEI Rocket announced that Gordie Dwyer is the team’s new Head Coach. Dwyer began his QMJHL career with the Hull (Gatineau) Olympiques where he played for a season-and-a-half from 1994 to midway through the 1995-96 season and then on to the Laval Titan College Francais and the Beauport Harfangs for the rest of that season. He played for Drummondville for the 1996-97 season before ending his junior career with the Quebec Remparts in the 1997-98 season.
Over four season in the QMJHL Dwyer netted 56 goals while assisting on 117 more in 251 regular season games. In 59 playoff games he scored 14 goals while assisting on 18 more.
Dwyer was drafted twice first by the St. Louis Blues in the third round 67th overall of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft and then by the Montreal Canadiens in the sixth round 152nd overall in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.
In 108 NHL games he added five assists for Tampa Bay, the New York Rangers, and Montreal.