So far, this year’s QMJHL postseason has been filled with twists and turns which very few expected. During the third week of March, 16 teams began their quest for the 2018 President’s Cup.
It’s a long way from Blainville, Quebec to Tampa Bay, Florida. Google Maps lists the trip as over 2,300 kilometres long. It’s even more challenging if you are trying to make that trek as a QMJHL player to a spot with one of the elite teams in the NHL.
Serron Noel has climbed to spot #21 on the latest ISS Top 31 Prospects list, since breaking the list at 31 in December. The Ottawa native has worked his way onto the A list in his sophomore year with the Oshawa Generals after helping Canada win gold at Ivan Hlinka. He’s sitting on 53 points in 62 regular season games, with several multi-point performances under his belt.
The CHL experience couldn’t have gone any better for guys like Greg Gardner and Daniel Broussard. They never reached the NHL, but like many players right now, they were fortunate to play long enough to get their education paid for once they moved on from major junior.
Dominique Ducharme has admitted that he has replayed the gold medal game at the 2017 U20 world junior championship over and over in his head countless times. Unfortunately for Team Canada’s bench boss the outcome is the same.
ISS Hockey releases their February Top 31 Rankings for the 2018 NHL Draft, with forward Barrett Hayton climbing up as he has steadily all season to land at 13.
Drake Batherson has finally been able to catch his breath. After landing in Blainville-Boisbriand during the second week of January via a trade with his former team, the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, the newest member of the Armada was able to take the time to collect and express his thoughts following a frantic time in his budding hockey career.
Ty Dellandrea needed only 20 seconds to seal his place in the record books at the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Thursday night in Guelph. The Flint Firebirds forward scored two goals 20 seconds apart to set the event’s record for fastest two goals scored by one player as part of Team Cherry’s 7-4 win over Team Orr.
Smooth skating London Knights D Evan Bouchard isn’t a flashy player but he gets the job done. Well. The Oakville, Ont. native is sliding into sixth in ISS Hockey’s latest Top 31 Rankings for the 2018 NHL Draft, moving up from his 13th spot in December.
Joel Bouchard is tickled pink for a couple of reasons. Besides sporting a stylish tie in the month of October to honour Breast Cancer Awareness, his giddiness centres around his quest for success this season along with the time, dedication and energy needed to accomplish these lofty goals.
There was never going to a huge contingent of QMJHL players on the Canadian roster at this year’s IIHF U20 World Championship in Buffalo, N.Y.
The days where Canada can run away with the tournament are over. Most of us are old enough to remember Canada winning five straight golds on two separate occasions (1993-97 and 2005-09), but hockey is a much different game now and it’s clear that there are plenty of powerhouse nations who will put Canada to work. Here’s a look at this year’s competition.
Team Canada is finalized and ready to play for World Junior gold. Hockey Canada released the final five players Friday night after the team completed its four-day selection camp with a 5-2 win over Team Denmark in St. Catharines.
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