The 2023 QMJHL Entry Draft will be held in Sherbrooke
The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, in collaboration with the City of Sherbrooke and the Sherbrooke Phœnix, today announced that the 2023 QMJHL Entry Draft presented by Fenplast will be held in person on June 10, 2023 at the Palais des Sports Léopold-Drolet.
The Phœnix organization was supposed to welcome the event in 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the League to hold a virtual draft instead.
“It was a priority for the league to bring back the in-person Entry Draft as soon as possible,” said QMJHL Commissioner Gilles Courteau. “It is undoubtedly a memorable experience for a hockey player and his family to hear his name called by one of our teams. This first contact with our owners, coaches, general managers, academic advisors and all of our organizations’ key members is a significant step in their careers. I want to thank the City of Sherbrooke and the Sherbrooke Phœnix for their help in making this announcement possible.”
In addition to the Entry Draft, the League will host its Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Sherbrooke’s Théâtre Granada, on June 8, where eight new members will be honoured for their outstanding contributions to the QMJHL’s history.
“The Sherbrooke Phœnix organization is extremely privileged to have earned the League’s trust to host the 2023 Entry Draft for a third time after hosting the 2014 and the 2015 events”, said Jacques Fortier, co-Owner and Vice President of Marketing for the Sherbrooke Phœnix. “The event will bring important economic benefits and media recognition for the City of Sherbrooke, which are welcomed following the pandemic. A project like this wouldn’t be possible without the help of our organization and its President, Denis Bourque, who has mandated me to collaborate closely with the League to ensure the event’s success.”
The 2023 QMJHL Entry Draft logo was created by design firm NABI, based in Drummondville, and blends the presenting sponsor’s colours with a few emblematic landmarks of the City of Sherbrooke. It includes the Sherbrooke War Monument, commemorating the Sherbrooke residents who fought in World War I, the City Hall, the Saint-Michel Basilica Cathedral and the Mont-Bellevue Park.