Around the QMJHL: February 20th to 24th
Get caught up on the latest news around the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and a glimpse on what’s coming this weekend.
Regina Pats to host 100th edition of the Memorial Cup in 2018
The Canadian Hockey League announced that the Regina Pats Hockey Club (WHL) will host the historic 100th edition of the league’s prestigious national championship of the Memorial Cup. The decision was rendered following formal bid presentations made by the Pats, along with the Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL) and Oshawa Generals (OHL), on January 25th, 2017, to the national Site Selection Committee. The announcement was delivered before a national audience as part of Sportsnet’s Hockey Day in Canada coverage. The 100th MasterCard Memorial Cup will take place May 17-27, 2018, at Regina’s Brandt Centre, featuring the host Pats along with the champions of the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League competing in the traditional round-robin tournament format. The 99th edition of the MasterCard Memorial Cup will be hosted by the Windsor Spitfires May 18-28, 2017, with all nine games to be broadcast live across Canada on Sportsnet and TVA Sports. Details
Boivin, Chabot and Abramov named the three stars of the week
Christophe Boivin, Thomas Chabot and Vitalii Abramov were named the three stars of the week prior to the period from February 13th to 19th, 2017.
The recipient of the first star of the week was Acadie-Bathurst Titan’s forward, Christophe Boivin. In three games, the Quebec native, scored 4 goals for a total of 9 points in addition to finishing the week with a +8 rating. In a 4-3 win in Moncton against the Wildcats, he scored 1 goal and obtained an assist on the game-winning goal and earned the second star of the game. In a 9-0 win over the Halifax Mooseheads, he earned 2 assists. In a second game against the Wildcats, he is named the first star of the match with a 5 point performance, including a hat-trick and finished the game with a +4 rating.
The second star of the week was awarded to Saint John Sea Dogs’ defenseman, Thomas Chabot. In four games on the road, he amassed 7 points including 2 goals and finished the week with a +6 rating. Against the Charlottetown Islanders, he scored the game-tying goal, on route to a 2-1 victory. Against the Victoriaville Tigres, he amassed 2 assists in his team’s 7-3 win. In Chicoutimi against the Saguenéens, he participated on the game-winning goal in a 4-2 victory. In the Sea Dogs’s final game in Baie-Comeau against the Drakkar, the Ottawa Senators’ prospect scored 1 goal and 2 assists and finished the match with a +4 rating, while being named the third star of the game.
The third star of the week was handed to Gatineau Olympiques’ forward, Vitalii Abramov. In four games, the Columbus Blue Jackets’ prospect amassed 8 points including 5 goals and ended the week with a +5 rating. At home against the Sherbrooke Phoenix, he was named the first star of the match with a 5-point performance, in addition to adding a hat trick. Subsequently, he found the back of the net on two other occasions over the weekend, one being the game-winning goal in overtime against the Victoriaville Tigres in a 6-5 victory.
Danny Flynn reaches 300th career win plateau
Last Sunday, Danny Flynn, head coach for the Saint John Sea Dogs became only the 20th coach in QMJHL history to reach the 300-win plateau following a 4-1 triumph over the Baie-Comeau Drakkar at Centre Henry-Leonard last week. He did it in 526 games. Flynn has 81 wins in 124 games over two seasons in Saint John. The native of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, also posted 219 victories in six seasons with the Moncton Wildcats from 2007 to 2013. Details
David Kelly returns behind the bench
The Saint John Sea Dogs announced earlier this week that Equipment Manager David “DK” Kelly was returning to the bench on Wednesday’s game against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Kelly, the only equipment manager in team history, has been away from the Sea Dogs since late October while receiving treatment to battle a rare form of thyroid cancer.
Christophe Boivin named CHL Player of the Week
The Canadian Hockey League announced that forward Christophe Boivin of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan was the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending February 19 after scoring four goals with five assists for nine points in three games with a plus-minus rating of +8. Boivin recorded a trio of multi-point performances for the Titan who extend their winning-streak to five rising to sixth place in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League overall standings with a 32-20-3-2 record. The overager scored a goal and added an assist on Wednesday as second star of a 4-3 road win over the Moncton Wildcats, then picked up a pair of assists Friday as part of a 9-0 home win over the Halifax Mooseheads. He finished the week by notching his first career hat-trick along with two assists for a career-high five points as first star of a 7-2 win against the Wildcats on Saturday. Details
Titan clinched playoff spot
It took only 13 seconds to end a wild game in overtime, courtesy of Rodrigo Abols, that secured the Acadie-Bathurst Titan’s playoff berth, defeating the Saint John Sea Dogs by a score of 8-7. Winners of six straight, they now sit sixth place in the QMJHL with a record of 33-20-3-2. This is the first time since the 2010-11 campaign that the Titan reaches the 70 point-mark in the regular season. Highlights
Three QMJHL teams in the CHL Top 10
On Wednesday, the Canadian Hockey League announced the composition of the CHL Top 10 Rankings. Three QMJHL teams are in this 22nd edition of the Top 10. The Saint John Sea Dogs climbed one position, from fourth to third spot. The Shawinigan Cataractes and the Charlottetown Islanders retained their sixth and 10th place respectively. In the honourable mentions, we have the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.
Anthony Beauvillier scores in Montreal
In the National Hockey League, the New York Islanders visited the Montreal Canadiens yesterday evening, Thursday, at the Bell Center. In a three-nothing victory for the Islanders, former Shawinigan Cataractes’ player Anthony Beauvillier scored his first career goal on his hometown ice, the Bell Center. What turned out to be the first goal of the game, was also the game-winning goal for the visitors. In 46 games this season, the Sorel-Tracy native scored 6 goals for a total of 15 points and maintained a -1 rating. He was the Islanders 2015 first round-pick, 28th total. Video
Friday February 24th: 7 games
Saint John Sea Dogs at Cape Breton Screaming Eagles – 7:00 pm AST
Acadie-Bathurst Titan at Halifax Mooseheads – 7:00 pm AST
Chicoutimi Saguenéens at Victoriaville Tigres – 7:00 pm EST
Charlottetown Islanders at Blainville-Boisbriand Armada – 7:30 pm EST
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies at Drummondville Voltigeurs – 7:30 pm EST
Shawinigan Cataractes at Rimouski Océanic – 7:30 pm EST
Baie-Comeau Drakkar at Val-d’Or Foreurs – 7:30 pm EST
Saturday February 25th: 4 games
Sherbrooke Phoenix at Moncton Wildcats – 4:00 pm AST
Chicoutimi Saguenéens at Gatineau Olympiques – 4:00 pm EST
Charlottetown Islanders at Québec Remparts- 7:00 pm EST
Baie-Comeau Drakkar at Val-d’Or Foreurs – 7:00 pm EST
Sunday February 26th: 6 games
Sherbrooke Phoenix at Acadie-Bathurst Titan – 3:00 pm AST
Halifax Mooseheads at Saint John Sea Dogs – 3:00 pm AST
Charlottetown Islanders at Rimouski Océanic – 3:00 pm EST
Blainville-Boisbriand Armada at Drummondville Voltigeurs – 4:00 pm EST
Baie-Comeau Drakkar at Rouyn-Noranda Huskies – 4:00 pm EST
Victoriaville Tigres at Shawinigan Cataractes – 4:00 pm EST