Photo: Michael Bournival is one of the top centers in the QMJHL this season. In an injury-shortened regular season, Bournival managed 30 goals in only 41 games. (Photo courtesy of Dave Connell/HF)
Ever since the 2012 Memorial Cup host was named last season, the Saint John Sea Dogs and the Shawinigan Cataractes have been on a collision course. Both teams had put forth bids to host the CHL championships when the event rotated into the QMJHL. Most felt that Saint John, having the best regular season record for two seasons in a row at the time and on their way to win the QMJHL championship and the 2011 Memorial Cup, would be named the host for the 2012 Memorial Cup, but it was Shawinigan's bid that ended up winning the day.
Photo: Tomas Jurco (DET) is one of many drafted players on the Saint John Sea Dogs roster. Jurco managed 30 goals in only 48 regular season games in 2011-12. (Photo courtesy of Dave Connell/HF)
There are plenty of reasons why the Saint John Sea Dogs are the favorite to repeat not just as QMJHL champions this year, but also to successfully defend their Memorial Cup win from last season.
First and foremost, the Sea Dogs were the top team in the regular season for a record-setting third consecutive year. They've followed that momentum into the playoffs, where they are currently in the third round and so far have out-scored their opponents by a combined total of 79-28.
All this offensive firepower is thanks to the depth of the Sea Dogs roster and no where is that depth more noticeable than when you consider the forwards on Saint John's roster in the context of the top forwards in the QMJHL.
The QMJHL respectively named Jason King and Dany Dallaire (both from the Halifax Mooseheads) Offensive Player and Defensive Player of the Week spreading from October 9th to October 15th.
Halifax Mooseheads’ right-winger Jason King (20-yrs old, 6-0, 205 lbs) scored 6 goals and added an assist in 3 games. King was drafted in the 7th round (212th overall) by the Vancouver Canucks at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
Halifax Mooseheads’ goaltender Danny Dallaire (20-yrs old, 5-11, 180 lbs) appeared in 3 games over the last week, winning 2 games and tying another, with a 2,59 goals-against average. Dallaire is an undrafted player.
The QMJHL regular season ended last Tuesday night, with Chicoutimi
and Rimouski getting the last two tickets for the Spring’s Last Dance. Here
is the QMJHL playoffs picture.
The regular season
The Shawinigan Cataractes dominated the QMJHL
and finished first overall with an eyes-popping 116 points, 15 more than the
runner up, the Val-d’Or Foreurs. This season has been noticeable for
the obvious strength of the Lebel Conference compared to the Dillio Conference.
Four teams of the Lebel Conference (Shawinigan, Val-d’Or, Victoriaville and
Rouyn-Noranda) had more points than the 90 points of the Dilio Conference leader
the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. Also, three Dilio Conference teams (Rimouski,
Chicoutimi and Québec) participating to the playoffs would have been
excluded of the Lebel Conference playoffs.
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