Defending the Super Computer of Blainville-Boisbriand
The newest QMJHL franchise of Blainville-Boisbriand revealed its name and colours this week. Going for a classic black-and-white scheme, they opted for the name Armada, an "evocative name suggesting strength, cohesion, union, dynamism and the blending of forces."
Apparently the Armada was also a Spanish fleet involved in a failed attempt to overthrow Elizabeth I of England in the early 17th century. It also refers to a small village in Michigan, a band formed by Jeff Martin of The Tea Party, the Czech military (hey, that's actually pretty cool), a Nissan car model, and my favourite:
Yes. The Guardian Armada of ReBoot.
"The Guardian Armada is a large fleet of armored ships operated by the Guardians. Its primary job is the defence of the Super Computer. When the Super Virus Daemon infected the Super Computer and all the Guardians, she used the fleet to take control and seed other systems."
With the two ReBoot movies having aired on television just days before the team's latest announcement, my active imagination would like to think this is not a coincidence. However, the colours might reveal that it is.
Now that the blanks have been filled, the QMJHL can now properly welcome Blainville-Boisbriand to the fold. But who is to "infect" the league with all its powers this season?
Given that Joel Bouchard is not a super virus, breaking into the league and putting together a competitive team after the former Juniors lost their stars at the end of last season is sure to be a heavy task. This season has the "rebuilding" label all over it, though the arrival of Kirill Kabanov won't go unnoticed (not that it ever does).
In other news, Nathan MacKinnon, the 1st overall pick in this past June's QMJHL Entry Draft, saw his rights traded from the Baie-Comeau Drakkar to the Halifax Mooseheads this week in exchange for Carl Gélinas, Francis Turbide and a slew of draft picks. These include Halifax's 1st rounders in 2012 and 2013, in addition to Quebec's 1st pick in 2013. The highly touted forward from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia isn't the only one to switch teams before his league debut; Adam Erne was acquired by the Quebec Remparts from the Mooseheads in another deal that will be made official when the next trade period gets underway August 1st. Quebec gave up a second rounder in next year's draft along with their 1st pick in 2013 (the aformentioned one that was swapped to Baie-Comeau) and 2014. Erne is a 16 year old native of Brantford, Connecticut listed at 5'11" and 198 pounds. He put up 18 points in 45 games as a 15 year old playing for the Indiana Ice in the USHL last season.