HERE COME PLAYOFFS 2004 !
We had to wait until the last day of the schedule and up to game 559 on a total of 560 before we were officially able to tell who was going to meet who in the first round of the 2004 playoffs. In this eight of finals played four of seven -, Baie Comeau (13) will play against Moncton (4); Quebec (12) against PEI (5); Drummondville (11) against Shawinigan (6); Val d'Or (10) against Chicoutimi (7) and Lewiston (9) against Rouyn-Noranda (8). The series will begin this Friday March 19 and the schedule will appear on the Web site of the League late on Monday March 15.
While these ten teams play this eight of finals, the champions of each division will keep an eye on the games since they got a bye and will enter the playoffs at the second round. The champions in each division are: the Gatineau Olympiques in the West Division and the regular season champions, the Cape-Breton Screaming Eagles, the Atlantic Division champions, and the Rimouski Oceanic, champions of the East Division.
NEWS AT A GLANCE...
 Again this year, you will have access to a special section on our Web site - “Playoff Series 2004” - in which you will find all of the required information. You will be able to visualize the progress of each team in the series, the schedule, the results, the summary of the games, the statistics of each series, records, etc. This section will be available starting this Thursday March 18.
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 The Central Scouting of the QMJHL is organizing for the first time ever a Challenge of the 40 best American prospects from New-England. This challenge will be played March 20 and 21 in Exeter, New-Hampshire. The objective is to allow the scouts of the QMJHL 16 teams to better assess the best prospects from USA. The scouts will thus be able to see them evolve before the upcoming draft session to be held in Baie Comeau on June 5, 2004. This event will be a first in the USA and the QMJHL hopes it will be a success. The first game will be played this Saturday March 20 at 7 :30 pm and the second one on Sunday March 21 at 1:15 pm. The arena is located at 40 Industrial Drive, Exeter, New Hampshire, and the phone number is (603) 775-0601.