Mooseheads shuffle the deck, SUBWAY® Super Series roster announced
In an interesting move this Monday morning, the Halifax Mooseheads announced a couple of changes behind the bench: owner Bobby Smith will take on the head-coaching duties while Cam Russell, who up until this point had been head-coach and general manager, will move to assistant defensive coach, while maintaining his duties as GM.
Russell has been with the organization since the 1999-2000 season, having taken over the head-coaching position before the onset of the 2006-2007 season.
Bobby Smith's first game in his new role will take place tomorrow night, when the Mooseheads take on the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.
Meanwhile, the CHL in conjunction with the QMJHL and the Saint John Sea Dogs' and Drummondville Voltigeurs' organizations announced the lineup that will be iced by Team QMJHL in the 2010 SUBWAY® Super Series:
Jean-Francois Bérubé, Montreal Juniors* (LA)
Maxime Clermont, Gatineau Olympiques** (NJ)
Olivier Roy, Acadie-Bathurst Titan (EDM)
Nathan Beaulieu, Saint John Sea Dogs
Nicolas Deslauriers, Gatineau Olympiques (LA)
Simon Després, Saint John Sea Dogs (PIT)
Jérome Gauthier-Leduc, Rimouski Oceanic (BUF)
Brandon Gormley, Moncton Wildcats (PHX)
Ryan Kavanagh, Rimouski Oceanic*
Jean-Philippe Mathieu, Drummondville Voltigeurs**
Xavier Ouellet, Montreal Juniors
Charles-Olivier Roussel, Montreal Juniors (NSH)
Guillaume Asselin, Chicoutimi Sagueneens
Louis-Marc Aubry, Montreal Juniors (DET)
Michael Bournival, Shawinigan Cataractes (COL)
Jonathan Brunelle, Drummondville Voltigeurs**
Sean Couturier, Drummondville Voltigeurs
Jonathan Huberdeau, Saint John Sea Dogs
Brandon Hynes, Victoriaville Tigres
Louis Leblanc, Montreal Juniors (MTL)
Philippe Lefebvre, Montreal Juniors* (MTL)
Jonathan Lessard, Acadie-Bathurst Titan
Philippe Paradis, PEI Rocket (CHI)
Trevor Parkes, Montreal Juniors (DET)
Zack Phillips, Saint John Sea Dogs
*Will only compete in Saint John
**Will only compete in Drummondville
André Tourigny returns to the fold as bench boss and will be assisted by the Sea Dogs' Gerard Gallant in Saint John and Mario Duhamel of the Voltigeurs in Drummondville.
The Montreal Juniors are to be represented by seven players whereas the league-leading 10-0-0-1 Quebec Remparts, mainly due to the ineligibility of many of their star players, will not be featured. A surprise move is the exclusion of goaltender and Phoenix Coyotes' prospect Louis Domingue.
The TELUS three stars of the week were announced today:
Making 67 saves out of 71 shots faced over the weekend is Montreal Canadiens' rookie camp invitee Nicolas Champion. Winning all three of his contests while posting a 1.33 GAA and .944 SV% allowed him to come away with the first star of the week.
Second-star honours go to Ondrej Palat of the Drummondville Voltigeurs. The Czech Republic native collected three goals and three assists over the weekend against the Val-d'Or Foreurs and Gatineau Olympiques.
Finally, Saint John Sea Dogs' defenseman and Pittsburgh Penguins' 1st round pick of 2009 Simon Després is the third star of the week. He posted a plus-minus rating of +6, notching two assists in Sunday's win over Victoriaville and two others in the Sea Dogs' two previous contests.
Two suspensions were handed down over the weekend; a three-game suspension to the Juniors' Charles-Olivier Roussel (NSH) for his role in Friday night's confrontation with Chicoutimi's Danick Emond, and Cole MacMillan of the Moncton WIldcats was assessed a seven-game suspension for a hit on Pierre-Luc Pelletier of the Victoriaville Tigres.