After 19,502 games, the meter shows “49,991,146”. On Friday evening, will you be the 50 millionth spectator in the history of regular season games in the QMJHL? Surely this “historic” fan of the QMJHL will be present during one of the 8 games which will be played on November 9, 2012. And again, as part of their 40th anniversary, the Olympiques will pay tribute to Colin White tonight, a leader in the winning alignment of the Memorial Cup in 1997.
TEAMS AT FULL THROTTLE
- Drakkar (BAC) – the men of Coach Eric Veilleux will land in Abitibi for 3 games against the Huskies (on Friday) and the Foreurs (on Saturday and Sunday). They remain undefeated in regular time since October 13th, a total of 9 straight games with at least 1 point (7-0-0-2).
- Val-d’Or – since Alexandre Rouleau, the team’s General Manager, has confirmed his new Head-Coach Mario Durocher, the Foreurs have changed direction with a production of 12 points in 8 games. In their last 7 games, they have not suffered any setbacks in regular time. Their card shows 5 wins and 2 losses in a shootout.
- Halifax – the Mooseheads, who are still undefeated in regular time on the road for their first 9 games since day 1 of the calendar, lost 6 to 5 during a shootout in Rimouski last Sunday. The “Nova Scotia Mooses” equalled their team record of 8 straight victories abroad in Drummondville on Nov. 3rd, a mark they had first achieved during the 1998-99 season.
- Ben Duffy (PEI) – a 20-year-old veteran whose performance meets the Rocket’s expectations: the Lower Sackville native (NS) has the highest number of assists in the League (22 assists) and ranks second in points (35). He also ranks first in points on the power play (17), tied with teammate Josh Currie … and he is still an offensive threat, as 54 of his 71 shots on goal (76%) were marked as scoring chances. This gentleman on the ice was only imposed 14 penalty minutes since he started out in the League in 2008-09, 5 seasons ago already!
- Valentin Zykov (BAC) – was only a 2nd round pick of the Import Draft of the CHL last June, but he became a revelation for the Drakkar. He’s currently dominating several offensive categories among the League’s rookies: goals scored (11, 1st), points (20, 2nd), game-winning goals (3, 1st) and shots (75, 1st). No less than 80% of his points (16 out of 20) were recorded at equal strength.
- Adam Erne (QUE) – the 17-year-old American has been showing his true colors to recruiters and opponents these days with 17 points, including 11 goals in 9 games. Since October 12th, he has played 5 games of 2 points or more.
- Christopher Gibson (CHI) – his next shutout will allow him to surpass Felix Potvin with whom he shares the record of 10 career shutouts with the Saguenéens. Look at the record: http://126.96.36.199/xsl/records/book/index2.php?rep=V&file_id=F12SRBLAP1V&lang
- The Mooseheads (HAL) – will try to equal the League’s record for a start of a season, the one of the most games on the ROAD with at least 1 point in the standings, this evening in Gatineau. This 10-game-mark was established by the Moncton Wildcats at the start of the 2008-09 season.
- Emile Poirier (GAT) – scored 6 goals in his last 4 games with the Olympiques.
- Anton Zlobin (VDO) – had his name on the score sheet in each of his 12 most recent games. The longest streak of consecutive games with at least 1 point (13) was achieved by Nathan MacKinnon (HAL).
- Jonathan Huberdeau (SNB) – the Sea Dogs captain is only 1 goal away from the 100-goal-plateau. Note that his career goal average per game is 0.54 which is equivalent to at least 1 goal netted every other game.
A LITTLE HISTORY
- Colin White (Hull Olympiques) – his jersey will be retired today by the Olympiques. The #24 jersey will be raised at 7:00 pm in Centre Robert-Guertin. Colin marked the Olympiques’ history by winning the President Cup in 1995 and 1997 as well as the Memorial Cup in Hull in 1997. Known for his defensive play and fierce body checks, he played 137 games in the QMJHL, scored 27 points, and was given 636 penalty minutes. Since he started out in the NHL in 1999-2000, this Nova Scotia native has played 797 games and won the Stanley Cup twice with the New Jersey Devils. The type of player who commands respect: Colin White!