The unfortunate, premature end of the 2019-20 season has signaled the final QMJHL appearance of many talented players. Today, we reflect on the outstanding 20-year-old players that took to the ice in the West Division this year.
- Defenseman Yann-Felix Lapointe put in three and a half solid seasons in Sherbrooke before a December trade sent him to the Armada. He completed his time with the Armada by tallying 18 points in 30 games, part of an overall 239-game “Q” career.
- Only a few months after moving on from the Armada to Chicoutimi, a November trade sent center Antoine Demers back to Blainville-Boisbriand. The overager fit right back in, recording 35 points in 39 games with the Armada this year.
- A hero as a rookie netminder with the Armada during their march to the 2018 President Cup Final, Emile Samson ended his third and final QMJHL campaign with career highs in wins (23) and save percentage (.909%).
- One of two overagers acquired during the holiday trade period, winger Adam Capannelli put up 12 points in 18 games with the Olympiques after stints with Moncton and Blainville-Boisbriand. His final game was the 200th regular season contest in his QMJHL career.
- Defenseman Vincent Martineau spent parts of five seasons in the league with Saint John and Rimouski. Winding up in Gatineau following a trade this past December, the defensive rearguard put up 15 points in his final major junior campaign.
- Winger Peyton Hoyt completed his fifth and final season in the “Q” with 28 points in 40 games. The sixth overall selection at the 2015 QMJHL Draft, Hoyt finishes up with 218 points in 285 regular season and playoff games played with Cape Breton, Blainville-Boisbriand and Val-d’Or.
- Defenseman David Noel spent three and a half of his four full years in the league suiting up for the Foreurs. A dependable offensive blueliner for much of his career, the 2017 St. Louis Blues draftee registered 33 points in 61 games this season.
- Nicolas Ouellet’s fourth season in the “Q” was his most productive. In 48 games, the ninth-round selection at the 2015 QMJHL Draft led the Foreurs with 30 goals and 50 points. Ouellet was a veteran of 238 regular season and playoff contests, all with Val-d’Or.
- After 287 games, including a trip to the 2017 President Cup Final with Blainville-Boisbriand, winger Shaun Miller’s final “Q” stop was Rouyn-Noranda, following a holiday trade period deal with Cape Breton. Miller’s final season saw him register 40 points in 56 games.
- After starting his major junior career with the Huskies in 2015, center Louis-Filip Cote made his way back midway through the 2018-19 campaign thanks to a trade with Quebec. A Memorial Cup Champion last spring, Cote, a 45-point player this year, suited up for exactly 300 career regular season games.
- A fabulous free agent find in 2016, center Vincent Marleau repaid the Huskies with a national title, including a goal during the Memorial Cup Final against Halifax. Marleau leaves the league having set personal benchmarks for goals (22) and points (57) in his final campaign.