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Breaking Down Round One

So, it's prediction time. Another year, another postseason, and another post-season format, if you're the QMJHL. At least this year, the 1 vs. 16, 2 vs. 15 and so on is a simpler concept to grasp than West Telus 1 vs. West Telus 4, whatever that meant, with East Telus having to steal a team from the Atlantic. The downside? Most Cape Bretoners are crying. (1) Saint John Sea Dogs vs. (16) Cape Breton Screaming Eagles: You know them, you love them, or at least you certainly envy them. With top honours in the CHL for Lord knows how many consecutive weeks, seventeen points separating them from seed #2, ten games lost out of 68 all season long (7 of those ending in regulation), I fe...

'Q' announces regular-season award nominations, playoff schedule

With just a little over two days to go until the start of the postseason, the QMJHL announced the nominees for its annual Golden Puck Awards, to be held this upcoming April 6th at the Hyatt-Regency Hotel in Montreal. Michel-Brière Trophy (League MVP) Sean Couturier - Drummondville Voltigeurs Philip-Michaël Devos - Gatineau Olympiques / Victoriaville Tigres Jonathan Huberdeau - Saint John Sea Dogs Émile « Butch » Bouchard Trophy (Best Defenseman) Brandon Gormley - Moncton Wildcats Simon Després - Saint John Sea Dogs Ryan Kavanagh - Shawinigan Cataractes / Rimouski Océanic RDS Cup (Rookie of the Year) Martin Frk - Halifax Mooseheads Charles Hudon - Chicoutimi Sagu...

Week in the Q: Marching into the final stretch

The QMJHL Telus three stars for the month of February were announced Tuesday as the Saguenéens' Guillaume Asselin took home the top honours, boasting a points-to-games-played ratio of just under 2:1 in the eleven games Chicoutimi played over the course of the month. Meanwhile, Voltigeurs' blueliner Jean-Philippe Mathieu is the second star as he totaled four goals, eight assists in ten games to add to his overall total of 45 points, good for fifth among defensemen leaguewide. PEI's Evan Mosher is the month's third star after maintaining a save percentage of .931 along with a 2.28 goals against average through the month of February, where he was also 5-2 and only surrendered goals 18 times ...

A familiar face behind Chicoutimi's bench...

The Q is feelin' a little like '93 these days. Photo: sagueneens.com It was made official on Monday that Guy Carbonneau is set to make his return to coaching. The Chicoutimi Saguenéens held a press conference this evening in which it was announced that Carbonneau will be taking over from fired bench boss Richard Martel, vacating his spot as governor of the team in the process, as Marc Desforges is set to take over that role. Carbo's first game as head coach is set to take place Wednesday, as the Val d'Or Foreurs will be the hosts starting at 7:30 p.m. EST. Carbonneau specified that Martel was not fired so that he could take over, nor that the status quo was permanent--"it will ...

Weekend Q Preview - What To Do With A Martel-less Q?

The QMJHL finds itself without its winningest coach this weekend, as the Chicoutimi Saguenéens' Richard Martel lost his job on Wednesday after eight years with the team and an overall record of 589-516-66. The Saguenay franchise had lost six of its last eight and currently sits at 13th place in the league. Under interim bench boss Marc-Étienne Hubert, however, Chicoutimi has won their last two, including a 5-3 decision against the Rimouski Océanic. They next take on the Victoriaville Tigres in front of their home crowd on Saturday afternoon. I would be remiss if I didn't point out moments like this that once occurred behind the Chicoutimi bench, however. The Rouyn-Noranda Huskie...

Weekend Q Preview - These Games Aren't Just For Show

For those that maintain the impression that the NHL All Star festivities are a sham and/or a waste of time, good news--there is an alternative for you this weekend, with many selections to choose from! First off, the Saint John Sea Dogs and Moncton Wildcats are set to start off the weekend a day later than they were set to originally, with bad weather conditions to blame for the cancellation of Thursday night's matchup between the two. As a result, the Sea Dogs won't be able to catch a break this weekend as their next opponent is Baie Comeau for both Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. The Wildcats, for their part, will receive the Halifax Mooseheads as visitors on Saturday night. M...

Weekend Q Roundup

Last week's featured series between the Drummondville Voltigeurs and Saint John Sea Dogs ended with each team claiming a win, beginning with a nightmarish game for the Voltigeurs that had two of their players injured by pucks to the face, captain Marc-Olivier Vachon being sent to the locker room early for having hit an opponent from behind eight minutes in, and an eventual 7-4 loss. Sea Dogs' forward and Capitals' prospect Stanislav Galiev had four goals over the miniseries as Volts' Guillaume Nadeau was chased from his net for the third time in his last four starts. Sixteen year old goaltender Domenic Graham took over for the rest of the weekend, earning a 3-2 overtime win to earn a split...

Weekend Q Roundup

Several fresh lineups made their debut this weekend in the QMJHL as trade period ended and new adjustments began. In Montreal, Louis Leblanc was back from his silver-medal winning performance in Buffalo at the World Junior Hockey Championship, and performed well, bringing in a goal and two assists over the weekend. His team, on the other hand, might need to re-learn a thing or two about how to start a game. Both on Saturday afternoon against Val d'Or and Sunday afternoon against the Gatineau Olympiques, the Juniors were down by three goals after the first period before coming back later on and evening the mark. In the former case, they ended the game on top of the 6-4 final, but in the l...

Juniors' Four Unanswered Goals Secure Comeback

The Montreal Juniors and Drummondville Voltigeurs went head-to-head Sunday afternoon without Canadiens' first rounder Louis Leblanc and 2011 NHL Entry Draft eligible Sean Couturier in their respective lineups, both having departed to Team Canada's Selection Camp. Despite their absence, the two teams battled for sixty hard-fought, penalty-ridden minutes and the Juniors scored four consecutive goals to take the win by a score of 5-3. With his team down 3-1 at the beginning of the second period, ex-Voltigeur and Canadiens' free agent signing Philippe Lefebvre got the wheels going on a comeback with his 14th goal of the season. The Juniors then rallied to erase the deficit with goals by Jé...

Q&A with.....Janos Hari

With the 12th overall pick in the CHL Import Draft of 2010, the Montreal Juniors would use their selection to bring Janos Hari into their family. A versatile forward with a skilled set of hands, Hari made his beginnings in the hockey hotbed of Hungary. Yes, Hungary. The pesky Hari, known as "The Rat" for his tendency to get right in the face of his opponents, has the drive to win and make a name for himself in the QMJHL. Going 35-29-64 in 21 games last season playing for the U-18 elite club of Färjestad, the eighteen year old's North American debut was hampered by a bout with mononucleosis and, once he had played in his first game and scored two goals and one assist in his secon...