Coach Nye Talks Junior Hockey

There is nothing like a shot of enthusiasm to go along with determination and sheer passion to make a major business become successful but when that major business is actually a hockey team it sometimes takes twice as much and a little bit of magic to get it done! In 1997 the Quebec Remparts were reborn once again with the help of business men, Michel Cadrin and Jacques Tanguay and with assistance from one of the greatest goaltenders in the past twenty years, the one and only Patrick Roy. With these three men who had the passion of the game in their blood the once renown franchise was born again.

Patrick Roy-Remparts But before we get into the making of the ‘New’ Remparts let’s go back to the beginning of this great franchises history. The first franchise played from 1969 to 1985 which was also based out of Quebec City, Quebec. The Quebec Aces were the beginning of the Remparts as a group of investors bought the assets of the Aces club in 1968 and renamed them the Quebec Remparts, which in French means * ’curtain walls’. In the 1969-70 the Remparts were finalists for the George Richardson Memorial Trophy and then eastern Canadian Champions in 1970-71. It was this team that featured future Hall of Famer Guy ‘The Flower’ Lafleur, that won a Memorial Cup Championship in 1971. Through the next 10 plus years the Remparts became a team known for having as many Americans on their squad as any other team in the Quebec league for some reason.

Once 1984 came around the team went into a dormancy for three seasons then came back as the Longueuil College Francais and three years later became the Verdun College Francais and by the 1994 season got started the teams operations ceased to exist. Re-born in 1997 the Quebec Remparts stepped onto the ice at the famous Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City and continued to build a team with passion and determination just like the owners and the teams head coach.

Come 2006, the Remparts won the Memorial Cup, beating the Moncton Wildcats 6-2. Patrick Roy became the 7th coach to win the Cup in his rookie year behind the bench, the first to do this since Claude Julien of the Hull Olympiques in 1997. Also for first times was that this Memorial Cup was played between two clubs coming from the QMJHL and another first was that Quebec was the only team who have won without winning a league championship and without hosting the event.

At the start of the rebirth the new owners opted to rejuvenate the team’s logo, to bring back the ‘R’ which was stylised with a heraldic influence, making reference to the old city walls. The logo bears witness to the organization’s strong ties to the City of Quebec – the only walled city in North America – and with encircled by the words “Remparts de Quebec” * Since the 2006 Memorial Cup Championship the Remparts have been a force to handle on many occasions. With showings in the 2003, 1976, ’74 and ’73 cup showdowns they have developed some great hockey players. Stars of the NHL include Guy LaFleur and Michel Goulet from the original Remparts and then following in their foot steps were the likes of Guy Chouinard, Kevin Lowe, Gilles Lupien, Rick Bowness, Alain Cote, Pierre Lacroix and Andre Savard. As time moves forward there will be future stars coming the Quebec Remparts and who knows they just might be future Hall of Famers just like their great coach, Patrick Roy.

 

Just a quick update with the rest of the CHL

BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 21

Rank: Team:

Last Week Rank:

Number of Weeks Ranked:

1 Portland Winterhawks (46-8-1-2)

1

21

2 Halifax Mooseheads (43-6-2-1)

2

21

3 London Knights (39-11-2-2)

3

16

4 Edmonton Oil Kings (41-12-2-3)

5

15

5 Kelowna Rockets (41-13-3-1)

4

7

6 Rimouski Oceanic (37-12-1-5)

6

7

7 Baie-Comeau Drakkar (36-14-2-3)

7

9

8 Kamloops Blazers (37-15-2-3)

10

18

9 Barrie Colts (34-16-1-2)

9

17

10 Owen Sound Attack (33-16-1-3)

8

18

Honourable Mention:
Kitchener Rangers (32-15-1-6)

-

3

Moncton Wildcats (34-18-1-0)

-

0

Calgary Hitmen (37-16-1-3)

-

8

Let’s check on the rankings for the OHL Cup where in Ontario the finest Minor Midgets AAA teams do battle to find out who is the very best!

Minor Midget Rankings for the 2013 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament – Week 14

 

RANK TEAM

LEAGUE

LAST WEEK RANK

WEEKS IN RANKINGS

1 Oakville Rangers

OMHA

1

14

2 Barrie Jr. Colts

OMHA

2

14

3 York Simcoe Express

OMHA

3

14

4 Detroit Compuware

USA

4

14

5 Elgin Middlesex Chiefs

ALLIANCE

5

14

6 Toronto Marlboros

GTHL

6

12

7 Mississauga Rebels

GTHL

7

14

8 Huron Perth Lakers

ALLIANCE

8

5

9 Eastern Ontario Wild

ODMHA

9

2

10 Toronto Jr. Canadiens

GTHL

10

5

Honourable Mention
Southern Tier Admirals

OMHA

-

9

Kitchener Jr. Rangers

ALLIANCE

-

0

Ottawa Senators

ODMHA

-

12

 

 Just a little history for this tournament and where you can get more information.

The tournament includes 20 participating teams from across Ontario and the United States.  The champions and finalists from minor hockey associations in Ontario, including the GTHL, OMHA, ODMHA, ALLIANCE, and an NOHA representative will participate in the tournament with additional teams identified by the Tournament Selection Committee.

The Elgin Middlesex Chiefs became the first team to officially qualify for the 2013 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament by advancing to the ALLIANCE Championship with their series win over the Kitchener Jr. Rangers.  The Chiefs will face the winner of the series between the Huron Perth Lakers and the Waterloo Wolves.

Last season the Mississauga Rebels captured their second OHL Cup title in three years following a dramatic 2-1 overtime win against the Toronto Marlies.  The Championship Final featured nine players selected in the first round of the 2012 OHL Priority Selection including Players of the Game goaltender Liam Herbst of the Rebels and Roland McKeown of the Marlies.  First overall pick Connor McDavid was named Tournament MVP scoring an incredible 19 points in seven tournament games.

A total of 154 players that competed in the 2012 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament were selected in the OHL Priority Selection including 17 first round picks and nine of the top-10 players selected including McDavid (1st overall to Erie Otters), McKeown (2nd overall to Kingston Frontenacs), Jared McCann (London Jr. Knights Gold, 4th overall to Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds), Josh Ho-Sang (Toronto Marlies, 5th overall to Windsor Spitfires), Robby Fabbri (Mississauga Rebels, 6th overall to Guelph Storm), Michael Dal Colle (Vaughan Kings, 7th overall to Oshawa Generals), Jacob Middleton (Huron Perth Lakers, 8th overall to Owen Sound Attack), Sam Bennett (Toronto Marlies, 9th overall to Kingston Frontenacs), and Niki Petti (Southern Tier Admirals, 10th overall to Belleville Bulls).

Three of the last five players selected first overall in the NHL Entry Draft are OHL and OHL Cup graduates including Taylor Hall of the Edmonton Oilers, John Tavares of the New York Islanders, and Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning.  2011 NHL Rookie of the Year Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes also competed in this event, as did 2012 NHL Entry Draft first round picks and current OHL stars Thomas Wilson, Scott Laughton, Malcolm Subban, and Brendan Gaunce.

For more information please visit www.ohlcup.ca

 

Quick look at the

Prospect Central – WHL Bantam Draft

The WHL Bantam Draft is held annually by the WHL to provide an orderly transfer of players to WHL Club Protected Player Lists (PPL).
The WHL Bantam Draft is held each year in late April or early May, at which time WHL Clubs select players who have graduated from the Bantam age category. The Draft order of selection is determined by where a WHL Club finishes in the WHL Regular Season standings. The Clubs that miss the playoffs are placed into a lottery to determine the selection order for the first round only. After the first round, the Clubs select in order from the fewest to most regular season points.
While the WHL Bantam Draft is the first opportunity for teams to select graduating Bantam players, it is not the last chance for a player to be listed or recruited by a WHL Club. After the Draft is completed, all remaining Bantam players become eligible to be listed by WHL Clubs, and many will be added as spots become available on a WHL Club PPL, or as player development improves at a higher level of hockey.
During the WHL Bantam Draft players from the four Western Provinces and the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming are eligible to be selected. For the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft, graduating Bantam age players born in 1996 are eligible to be selected.

Well that’s it for this week. Check us out next time

See you after the game,

Coach Nye