QMJHL Weekly, May 31st, 2011

Sea Dogs Win Memorial Cup

For the first time in history, the Memorial Cup has come to a Maritime Canadian CHL team.

The Saint John Sea Dogs won the CHL’s most coveted title in just their fifth year in existence with a 3-1 win over the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors on Sunday night. Simon Despres, Zack Phillips, and Jonathan Huberdeau all scored for the champions; while Riley Brace added the Majors’ lone goal. Owen Sound’s Andrew Shaw ended the tournament as the scoring champion with two goals and five assists; and teammate Jordan Binning was the top goalie with his 1-1-1 record, 1.42 GAA, and .951 SAV%.

Following the game, the tournament awards were handed out.

Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy (Most Valuable Player) – Jonathan Huberdeau, Saint John Sea Dogs

Jonathan Huberdeau of the Saint John Sea Dogs finished tied for second in tournament scoring with six points in four games including three goals and three assists. The 18-year-old from St-Jerome, Quebec, scored a goal and an assist in the 3-1 Championship Final victory over the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors.

Eligible for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Huberdeau is the third ranked skater by NHL Central Scouting and is the first Quebec-born player to win the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy since Danny Groulx of the Victoriaville Tigres in 2002.

Ed Chynoweth Trophy (Top Scorer) – Andrew Shaw, Owen Sound Attack

Andrew Shaw of the Owen Sound Attack led the 2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup in scoring with seven points in four games scoring two goals and five assists. A 19-year-old from Belleville, ON, Shaw recorded a point in all four games and produced three multi-point games completing his third OHL season.

George Parsons Trophy (Most Sportsmanlike Player) – Marc Cantin, Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors

Marc Cantin of the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors had two assists in five games and was the only defenseman on the Majors that did not record any penalty minutes. A 21-year-old from Omemee, ON, the Boston Bruins prospect concludes a five-year OHL career with three appearances in the MasterCard Memorial Cup including a Championship title last season with the Windsor Spitfires

Hap Emms Memorial Trophy (Outstanding Goaltender) – Jordan Binnington, Owen Sound Attack

Jordan Binnington of the Owen Sound Attack had three starts in the 2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup posting a 1-2 record with a tournament-best goals-against-average of 1.42 and save percentage of .951.

The 17-year-old from Richmond Hill, ON, posted the only shutout of the tournament with 29 saves as part of a 5-0 win over the Kootenay Ice. He is eligible for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and is the third ranked North American goaltender by NHL Central Scouting.

Huberdeau and Shaw were also recognized on the tournament All-Star team at forward along with Devante Smith-Pelly of the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors. The Anaheim Ducks prospect had three goals and three assists for six points in five games.

A pair of 2011 NHL Entry Draft prospects were named to the tournament All-Star team on defense. Fifth ranked Nathan Beaulieu of the Saint John Sea Dogs had three points in four games, while the 53rd ranked Stuart Percy of the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors had four assists in five games. Binnington was named to the All-Star team in goal.

2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup Awards

Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy (Most Valuable Player) – Jonathan Huberdeau, Saint John Sea Dogs
Ed Chynoweth Trophy (Top Scorer) – Andrew Shaw, Owen Sound Attack
George Parsons Trophy (Most Sportsmanlike Player) – Marc Cantin, Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors
Hap Emms Memorial Trophy (Outstanding Goaltender) – Jordan Binnington, Owen Sound Attack

2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup All-Stars

Goaltender – Jordan Binnington, Owen Sound Attack
Defense – Stuart Percy, Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors, Nathan Beaulieu, Saint John Sea Dogs
Forward – Andrew Shaw, Owen Sound Attack, Devante Smith-Pelly, Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors, Jonathan Huberdeau, Saint John Sea Dogs

In games earlier in the week…

On Tuesday Matt Fraser led the way for the WHL champion Kootenay Ice with two goals; while Tomas Jurco did the same for Saint John as the Sea Dogs suffered their only loss of the tournament with a 5-4 loss.

On Wednesday, Justin Shugg, Jordan Mayer, and Rob Flick scored for Mississauga; while Andrew Shaw added the Owen Sound goal in the St. Michael’s Majors’ 3-1 win.

On Thursday, Fraser and Cody Eakin led the way with two goals and one assist each; while Mike Halmo had a goal and assist for Owen Sound in the Ice’s 7-3 win.

On Friday, Devante Smith-Pelley found the back of the net twice for Mississauga; and Joe Antilla scored for Kootenay in Mississauga’s 3-1 win.

CHL Annual Awards

On Saturday night the CHL handed out their annual awards at Hammerson Hall in the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga. The winners were:

Jack Link’s Top Prospect of the Year: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Red Deer Rebels

An 18-year-old from Burnaby, BC, Nugent-Hopkins is the number one ranked North American skater on NHL Central Scouting’s Final Rankings for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He led the Rebels and finished tied for third in the WHL scoring race with 106 points in 69 games during the 2010-11 regular season while his 75 assists led all WHL players in that category. He was also named Player of the Game for Team Orr at the 2011 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

Also considered for the award was Gabriel Landeskog of the Kitchener Rangers, and Sean Couturier of the Drummondville Voltigeurs. Ellis becomes the first player since Bryan Fogarty of the Niagara Falls Thunder did it in 1988-89.

FRAM Sportsman of the Year: Philip-Michaël Devos, Gatineau Olympiques

The 21-year-old from Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, dominated the scoring race in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with 47 goals and 114 points, while recording only 31 penalty minutes. His work ethic, classy demeanor and sportsmanship also helped him capture the Frank.-J.-Selke trophy as the QMJHL’s top gentleman.

Also considered for the award was Jason Akeson of the Kitchener Rangers, and Tyler Johnson of the Spokane Chiefs.

Chrysler Top Scorer of the Year: Linden Vey, Medicine Hat Tigers

A 19-year-old from Wakaw, SK, Vey finished the 2010-11 regular season with 46 goals and 70 assists for 116 points along with a plus-37 rating in 69 games to lead the CHL in scoring. Vey scored 13 power play goals, five shorthanded markers and seven game-winning goals. The recently signed Los Angeles Kings prospect recorded at least a point in 54 of the 69 games he played this season.

Jason Akeson of the Kitchener Rangers and Tyler Toffoli of the Ottawa 67’s led the OHL in scoring, while Philip-Michaël Devos of the Gatineau Olympiques led the QMJHL.

Home Hardware Humanitarian Player of the Year: Spencer Edwards, Moose Jaw Warriors

A 20-year-old from Coquitlam, BC, Edwards was involved in many community programs throughout the year, including a “Captain’s Care” program which he created himself. The program saw the Warriors captain make regular visits to the Moose Jaw Union Hospital to spend time with sick children. He also played a large role in the Warriors “Get Gutsy” campaign, which saw the team raise thousands of dollars for Crohn’s and Colitis.

Also considered for the award was Jack Walchessen of the Peterborough Petes, and Gabriel Lemieux of the Shawinigan Cataractes.

Subway Scholastic Player of the Year: Dougie Hamilton, Niagara IceDogs

A 17-year-old from Toronto, Hamilton attends Governor Simcoe Secondary School in St. Catharines where he maintains an overall academic average of 94% in six Grade 12 level courses.

On the ice, Hamilton is the top ranked defenseman for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft rated fourth overall among North American Skaters by NHL Central Scouting. He finished fourth in scoring among OHL defensemen with 58 points in 67 games scoring 12 goals and 46 assists and a team-high plus-minus rating of plus-35.

Also considered for the award was Nicolas Therrien of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens, and Colin Smith of the Kamloops Blazers.

Old Dutch Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year Award: Gerard Gallant, Saint John Sea Dogs

A native of Summerside, PEI, Gallant wins this award for the second straight season after leading the Sea Dogs to a first overall finish in the QMJHL standings with 58 wins and 119 points while maintaining top spot in the BMO CHL MasterCard Top-10 rankings for the final 15 weeks of the season. Gallant becomes just the second coach to win this award in back-to-back seasons following Bob Boughner who won the award in 2008 and 2009 with the Windsor Spitfires.

Also considered for the award was Mark Reeds of the Owen Sound Attack, and Don Nachbaur of the Spokane Chiefs.

BMO Rookie of the Year: Nail Yakupov, Sarnia Sting

A 17-year-old from Nizhnekamsk, Russia, Yakupov led all rookies and finished tied for fourth overall in OHL scoring with 101 points in 65 games scoring 49 goals and 52 assists. Eligible for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, he became just the fifth OHL rookie to reach 100 points in a season in the last 15 years. Yakupov also established new Sting record for goals and points by a rookie surpassing the marks set by Steven Stamkos in the 2006-07 season.

Also considered for the award was Charles Hudon of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens, and Matt Dumba of the Red Deer Rebels.

PERT Plus Goaltender of the Year: Darcy Kuemper, Red Deer Rebels

A 21-year-old from Saskatoon, SK, Kuemper backstopped the Rebels to a Central Division crown for the first time since the 2002-03 season. The recently signed Minnesota Wild prospect appeared in 62 games this season, and led all WHL goaltenders in every major statistical category including wins (45), goals-against average (1.86), save percentage (.933) and shutouts (13). Kuemper’s 13 shutouts also tied a WHL single season record.

Also considered for the award was Mark Visentin of the Niagara IceDogs, and Jacob DeSerres of the Saint John Sea Dogs.

CGC Defenseman of the Year: Ryan Ellis, Windsor Spitfires

A 20-year-old from Freelton, ON, Ellis led all defensemen in scoring and finished tied for fourth overall in the OHL with 101 points in 58 games scoring 24 goals and 77 assists. He became the first OHL defenseman to score 100 points in a season since Jamie Rivers of the Sudbury Wolves recorded 121 points in 1993-94. The Nashville Predators prospect was a nominee for this award in 2008-09 and became just the third defenseman in OHL history to record 300 career points.

Also considered for the award was Simon Després of the Saint John Sea Dogs, and Stefan Elliott of the Saskatoon Blades.

CCM Player of the Year: Ryan Ellis, Windsor Spitfires

Ellis, who scored 101 points in 58 games with 24 goals and 77 assists, becomes the first defenseman to win this award since Brian Campbell of the Ottawa 67’s in the 1998-99 season. A winner throughout his four-year junior career with the Spitfires, the 2009 first round pick of the Nashville Predators captured two OHL and Memorial Cup titles and was named to the MasterCard Memorial Cup All-Star Team in 2009.

Internationally, Ellis is the only player in the history of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence to win Gold at each of the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge (2008), IIHF World Under-18 Championship (2008), Memorial of Ivan Hlinka (2008), and the IIHF World Junior Championship (2009). He also earned silver medals with Canada at the 2010 World Junior Championship and again in 2011 in Buffalo when he served as Team Captain and was named Best Defenseman of the tournament setting a new IIHF and Team Canada record for most career-points by a defenseman with 25 in 20 games.

Also considered for the award was Sean Couturier of the Drummondville Voltigeurs, and Darcy Kuemper of the Red Deer Rebels.

With information from www.mastercardmemorialcup.com

Deslauriers Signs With Kings

On Monday the Los Angeles Kings signed Gatineau rearguard to a three year contract. The Kings selected the 6 foot 205 lb native of Ville Lasalle, QC in the third round 84th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. In four seasons with Rouyn-Noranda and Gatineau he has scored 35 goals and assisted on 92 more in 223 regular season games and added nine more goals and lent a helping hand on 23 more in 45 post season contests.

Choules Named new Eagles Bench Boss

Ron Choules is the new Head Coach of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.

Choules is the fifth head coach in Screaming Eagles history and was previously the Head Coach of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, with the Quebec Junior AAA League’s Kahnawake Condors and as was also an assistant coach with Canada’s gold medal winning team at the 2010 Ivan Hlinka Under-18 Hockey tournament. He coached the Titan from 2007-08 to 2009-10. Under him the team compiled a 63-75-0-20 regular season record.

Vincent Named Assistant Coach with National Junior Team

On Friday Hockey Canada announced the coaching staff for the Canadian team that will compete at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championships that will take place from December 26th, 2011-January 5th, 2012 in Calgary and Edmonton. AB. Vancouver Giants head coach Don Hay will be the Head Coach; while the OHL’s Belleville Bulls coach and GM George Burnett; WHL Kelowna Rockets coach Ryan Huska; and the QMJHL’s Montreal Juniors head coach and GM Pascal Vincent will be the assistants.

Hay, 57, will step behind the bench of Canada’s National Junior Team for the first time since leading Canada to a gold medal and its first-ever perfect record at the 1995 IIHF World Junior Championship. One of just five WHL coaches with 500 regular season victories, He has won three WHL championships (1994, 1995 with Kamloops, 2006 with Vancouver) and three Memorial Cups (1994 and 1995 with Kamloops, 2007 with Vancouver) and is a two-time WHL Coach of the Year (1998-99, 2008-09). The Kamloops, BC native was a 2008 inductee into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame.

Vincent, 39, will serve as an assistant coach with Team Canada for the second time, having been behind the bench of Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team in 2003, when Canada finished fourth at the Junior World Cup in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Vincent has been head coach and general manager of the Juniors for the past three seasons, and spent nine seasons with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles as head coach and GM, earning the QMJHL Coach of the Year award in 2007-08.

Burnett, 49, will be an assistant coach with Canada’s National Junior Team for a second consecutive year, having helped Canada claim silver in 2010. He has also served as head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team in 2001 and 2010, winning a gold medal both years, and was an assistant coach for Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team at the 2010 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Belarus, where Canada finished seventh. Burnett has spent 14 seasons as a head coach in the Ontario Hockey League, seven with the Belleville Bulls. He has also been bench boss for Niagara Falls, Guelph and Oshawa, winning the OHL Coach of the Year award twice, during the 1990-91 and 1991-92 seasons.

Huska, 35, will return as an assistant coach with Canada’s National Junior Team for the second year in a row, having served under Dave Cameron in 2010. Head coach of the Rockets since 2007, Huska is a veteran of seven Memorial Cups as both a player and a coach – he won championships as a player with the Kamloops Blazers in 1992, 1994 and 1995 and as an assistant coach with Kelowna in 2004, and also appeared in the tournament as Kelowna’s assistant coach in 2003 and 2005 and as the team’s head coach in 2009.

Salmond, Hockey Canada’s senior director of national teams and hockey operations, along with Hockey Canada’s hockey operations department will work closely with the coaching staff in planning and executing all team logistics.

Further details regarding Canada’s National Junior Team summer development camp, scheduled for August 3-7 in Edmonton, including a full practice schedule and roster, will be announced at a later date.

Duhamel Is U18 Assistant Coach

On Thursday, Hockey Canada — in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League — announced the coaching staff for the Canadian team that will compete at the 2011 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament that will take place August 8th-13th in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Kitchener Rangers head coach Steve Spott will serve as the team’s bench boss; while Drummondville head coach Mario Duhamel and WHL Spokane Chiefs’ Head Coach don Nachbaur will serve as his assistants.

Spott, 43, will make his fourth appearance on a Team Canada coaching staff and second with Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team. He was an assistant coach with Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship, winning a silver medal, with Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team at the 2009 IIHF World Under-18 Championship, where Canada finished fourth, and with Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka in 2008, winning a gold medal.

Spott was Ontario’s head coach at the 2000 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, winning a silver medal, and at the 1999 Canada Winter Games, finishing fourth. Spott, Kitchner’s coach and GM since 2008, has been with the organization since 2001, starting as an assistant coach. With the Rangers, Spott won the Memorial Cup in 2003 as an assistant coach and finished as the runner-up in 2008.

Duhamel, 36, will make his first appearance with Team Canada at the 2011 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka. He has been head coach of the Drummondville Voltigeurs for the past two seasons and was a finalist for the QMJHL’s Coach of the Year this season.

Prior to joining the Voltigeurs, Duhamel was an assistant coach with the QMJHL’s Rouyn-Noranda Huskies from 2005-09, and served as an assistant coach with Quebec at the 2009 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Port Alberni BC finishing fifth.

Nachbaur, 52, will be an assistant coach for the second time with Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team after winning gold at the 1999 Four Nations Cup. Nachbaur is the reigning WHL Coach of the Year after returning to the league with the Spokane Chiefs after a season as head coach of the AHL’s Binghamton Senators.

Prior to Binghamton, Nachbaur was the head coach of the WHL’s Tri-City Americans for six seasons, winning the Coach of the Year award in 2007-08 after guiding the Americans to a franchise-best 108 points. He was also assistant coach of the AHL’s Philadelphia Phantoms from 2000-02 after six seasons with the Seattle Thunderbirds, where he won his first WHL Coach of the Year award in his first season with the club, 1994-95.

Hockey Canada will announce details for Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp in the near future, including the players that will be invited to camp.

Courtesy www.hockeycanada.ca

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