In about 36 hours, the mid-season break in the activities of the QMJHL will begin, but tomorrow also starts the last trading period of the season. On the other hand, you can follow via TSN and RDS the next World Junior Champioship which will be played in Russia as of December 26. While the cities of Victoriaville and Drummondville welcome future NHL players for the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge which will be held from December 29th to January 4th.
TEAMS AT FULL THROTTLE
- Halifax – the Mooseheads, who else! Live a sequence of eight consecutive games without defeat in regulation time (7-0-1-0). Only 5 losses total in 2012-13 after 33 games…
- Rimouski – the people of the Lower St. Lawrence favorites should be confident tonight as they visit the Quebec Remparts. They just won five games in a row, a sequence during which they scored 24 times, twice their total goals allowed (12).
- Rouyn-Noranda – the Huskies have won their last 5 games. Tonight who will win the awaited “Huskies-Armada” game? A victory for Rouyn (47 points) would allow them to spend the Christmas break in first place in the Telus West division; the Armada currently has 48 points.
- Jacob Brennan (BAT) – signed yesterday against St. John his first shutout of the season, his third in career in the QMJHL. With 850 stops, Brennan is second only to Brandon Whitney (VIC | 852), after taking part in 84% of the Titan games (31 out of 37).
- Jean-Sébastien Dea (ROU) – already four hat tricks to his credit in 2012-13, tying the team record for the Huskies, established by Pierre Dagenais (1997-98) and James Desmarais (1998-99 ) before. He comes in second among the best scorers in the league with 29 successes, while Josh Currie has reached the milestone of 30 goals last weekend.
- Ben Duffy (PEI) – will play tonight his 263rd consecutive game which will put him in 5th place in the history of the League for the longest sequences without missing a game. Only Eric Bétournay (314), Brent Aubin (287), Yves Richer (284) and James Sanford (263) did better than him in the past…
- The OHL – you cannot ignore the brilliant series of successes of the London Knights, the finalists of the 2012 Memorial Cup, as they have won 21 games in a row! They are ahead of all clubs in the OHL with 60 points after 36 games, with a comfortable lead of 11 points over the Owen Sound Attack
- Eric Veilleux (BAC) – the 40 year-old head coach will be coaching his 500th career game in the QMJHL tonight when the Drakkar visits the Chicoutimi Sagunéens. His lifetime winning percentage in the circuit is .555, thanks to his 277 official wins.
- Guillaume Asselin – will become the 104th player in League history to reach the milestone of 300 games in the regular season in his career. It is today (19:30) in front of his team’s supporters at the Centre Georges-Vézina that he’ll reach this mark. Now in his fifth and final season in the QMJHL, he who scored 273 points on his scoresheet since its inception in 2008-09 with the Montreal Juniors at the time. http://22.214.171.124/lang_fr/index.php?page=2147483647&status_type=1&id_register=12377
A LITTLE HISTORY
- The 2013 Canada’s National Junior Team – the delegation of players from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (6) on the National Junior Team is quite impressive. But let’s remember that in 2000, it was the largest representation in ” Canada’s National Junior Team “. No fewer than eight players had been selected from the QMJHL (1 goalie, 2 defensemen, 5 forwards), and the Canadian troop, led by head-coach Claude Julien, ended up in 3rd position in the World Junior Championship. I suggest you consult the 2013 Official Guide recently published by Hockey Canada, very comprehensive: tournament schedule, alignment, presentation of all team members, statistics and records from previous years, etc. … Click here … http://www.hockeycanada.ca/index.php/ci_id/203856/la_id/2.htm
- International Ice Hockey Federation – All the detail of the 2013 Championship are on this website: http://www.iihf.com/channels1213/wm20/schedule.html
A MUST SEE!
- The World Under-17 Hockey Challenge - the first step in Hockey Canada Excellence program, this level has hosted hundreds of players who have been drafted in the NHL over the years. And this year, Quebec fans will be pampered as they’ll be able to see the best players born in 1996 (or after) at the Colisée Desjardins in Victoriaville, and at the Centre Marcel Dionne in Drummondville, from December 29th to January 4th.
- Ten teams in competition – the 2013 World Under-17 Challenge will include 10 teams, including five from Canada (Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, West, Pacific) and 5 other clubs including 4 Europeans. Russia is the country that has won top honors a year ago. See the full schedule: http://www.hockeycanada.ca/index.php/ci_id/198003/la_id/2.htm
- The Tigres are present – No less than four representatives of the Victoriaville Tigres (a tournament record) will participate in the event: Mathieu Ayotte, Félix-Antoine Savage, Tristan Pomerleau will play for the province of Quebec while Lucas Batt will wear Atlantic team’s colors.
- ONTARIO – since 1986, the Ontario team dominated the “U-17″ with 7 gold medals. This year, the club will rely on a young phenomenon: 15-year-old Connor McDavid. he is already playing in the OHL for the Erie Otters, and also ranks 16th among the scorers in the league with 40 points in 35 games. WOW!
- World Challenge Logo – Have you noticed the young man holding a cup at arm’s length on this logo? It is actually Angelo Esposito, who raised the “Cup” as team captain Quebec in 2006, and a picture of this moment was used to immortalize the former # 7 of the Quebec Remparts.
- The future of the NHL – no less than 1200 former players of the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge were selected at the draft of the National Hockey League. Above all, 9 of the 12 players were first pick overall in the NHL (Ilya Kovalchuk, 2001; Rick Nash, 2002; Marc-Andre Fleury, 2003; Alexander Ovechkin, 2004, Erik Johnson, 2006; Patrick Kane, 2007 , John Tavares, 2009; Taylor Hall, 2010; Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 2011).
- Ticketing – Various ticket packages can be a great gift for Christmas. See all the details of this tournament which will be full of talent… http://www.hockeycanada.ca/index.php/ci_id/175016/la_id/2.htm
To all hockey fans! – I wish you pleasant moments with friends and family during the holiday season. Have fun! We’ll be back with more “interesting numbers” on Friday, January 11, 2013.