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:
The question that had been hanging in the balance regarding the bench boss of the Chicoutimi Saguenéens was finally solved Wednesday morning, with the club announcing that they would be bringing back former interim Marc-Étienne Hubert in a full-time capacity as head coach of the Saguenay franchise.
Hubert has been in the organization well beyond his 6 years in the coaching staff. His career as a hockey player began with the Sags before he wore the colours of Laval, Val-d’Or, Drummondville and Baie-Comeau, leading him to become a 9th round selection of the Phoenix Coyotes in 1996.
A special draft was held this afternoon in Victoriaville to determine where players from the now-folded Lewiston MAINEiacs would play the 2011-12 season. Who took who? Let's find out.
Spoiler alert: don't double-take too violently if you think you see Kirill Kabanov walking the streets of Verdun next season.
Rouyn-Noranda: D Dillon Fournier (age 17)
Baie Comeau: D Samuel Carrier (age 19)
Shawinigan: F Michaël Chaput (age 19)
Halifax: Lewiston's 1st round pick in 2011 (11th overall)
Val-d'Or: F Samuel Henley (age 18)
Chicoutimi: F Étienne Brodeur (age 20)
Rimouski: F Francis Beauvillier (age 18)
Victoriaville: D Samuel Finn (age 20), F Stéfan Fournier (pick acquired by PEI)...
The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League said goodbye to its lone American franchise on Tuesday, announcing that the Lewiston MAINEiacs were to be bought out and dissolved immediately, their players set to become part of a special dispersal draft this upcoming Friday in conjunction with draft weekend in Victoriaville. The league also revealed that an expansion franchise would join the now-17 team league in 2012-13, as former QMJHL and NHL goaltender Jocelyn Thibault leads a group of investors in Sherbrooke (where ironically, the MAINEiacs used to be) ready to bring in a new hockey team.
"I am disappointed for the fans in Lewiston. The MAINEiacs enjoyed some very good moments, including a Pr...
The Saint John Sea Dogs are President's Cup Champions.
It may as well have been a full seven-game series (and thensome), as four extra periods were needed to seal the deal on the 2010-2011 QMJHL season. The winning goal in Game 6 was scored by Alexandre Beauregard, his first of the playoffs, with just over four minutes left in the fifth (!) period. Stanislav Galiev opened the scoring at 4:12 of the first before Philip-Michaël Devos countered for the Olympiques, and the two teams were deadlocked at 1 until well into the third. Gatineau's Adam Janosik gave his team the lead for the first time with five minutes to go, and the two clubs seemed poised to head into a sevent...
This past Tuesday night, there were 11 815 witnesses to the epic semifinal comeback of the Gatineau Olympiques, who were down in the series by a count of 3-1 just under a week beforehand, as they fought the Remparts in Game 7 at the Colisée Pepsi for the right to take on the regular season league champions in the President's Cup finals. Christian Ouellet and scoring ace Philip-Michaël Devos opened the scoring for the Olympiques before Mirko Hoefflin and Joël Champagne countered for the Remparts, and the score remained tied at 2 after 40 minutes. Then Ouellet struck again with his tenth goal of the playoffs and Mitchell Porowski scored under a minute later before Devos put his second...
So practically everything went wrong last round. For proof: look no further than the Saint John Sea Dogs in that they actually lost a game. At home. In regulation.
Obviously that's not what I really meant, since I predicted that. Time to backtrack a little.
Recap: Last Round
(1) Saint John Sea Dogs vs. (11) Victoriaville Tigres: Prediction: Saint John in 5. Result: Saint John in 5. ✔ ✔
(2) Montreal Juniors vs. (15) Lewiston MAINEiacs: Prediction: Montreal in 5. Result: Lewiston in 6. (If I had stuck with my gut feeling, I'd be adding two more checkmarks here.)
(3) Québec Remparts vs. (7) Shawinigan Cataractes: Prediction: Quebec in 6. Result: Quebec in 7. ✔
It was Drummondville's Sean Couturier who was awarded the Michel-Brière Trophy as MVP of the 2010-2011 season in the QMJHL yesterday evening, as part of the Golden Puck Awards Gala that took place at downtown Montreal's Hyatt-Regency Hotel. He succeeds former teammate Mike Hoffman for the honour. Couturier also took home the award given to the year's best professional prospect, the Michael-Bossy Trophy. In his third campaign, and despite having missed ten games to be part of the World Junior Hockey Championships this Christmas season in Buffalo, Couturier recorded 96 points in 58 games with a rating of +55.
Others that took home awards:
Émile « Butch » Bouchard Trophy (Best...
And we're back, because the wait between rounds has proven to have gotten the better of me and SERIOUSLY, IS IT FRIDAY YET?
Recap: Last Round
(1) Saint John Sea Dogs vs. (16) Cape Breton Screaming Eagles: Prediction: Saint John in 4. Result: Saint John in 4. ✔ ✔
(2) Montreal Juniors vs. (15) Halifax Mooseheads: Prediction: Montreal in 5. Result: Montreal in 4. But one game nearly went to OT, okay? ✔
3) Québec Remparts vs. (14) Val d'Or Foreurs: Prediction: Quebec in 5. Result: Quebec in 4. ✔
(4) Drummondville Voltigeurs vs. (13) Chicoutimi Saguenéens: Prediction: Drummondville in 5. Result: Drummondville in 4. ✔
(5) Gatineau Olympiques vs. (12) Rimouski Océanic: ...
Zack Phillips of the Saint John Sea Dogs. Photo: QMJHL
This weekend, postseason action kicked off in the QMJHL. Here's a look at how everyone is shaping up:
(1) Saint John Sea Dogs vs. (16) Cape Breton Screaming Eagles: Saint John leads 2-0
The Eagles did manage to squeeze one goal behind netminder Jacob DeSerres in two games, which is just about the only bright side until one takes into account the goals-against factor that stands at a whopping 17. The Sea Dogs went 6/9 on the power play on Friday night, where 27 points were tallied in a spirited affair that saw 30 penalties in total. Zack Phillips was a big contributor in both games, tallying 4 goals and 4 assists, where...