News in Beauce
May 12, 2022
by press release
The management of Cégep Beauce-Appalaches held the end-of-season report for the Condors hockey team. Champions of their category in the Eastern Division, the Condors finished 3rd overall in the Quebec Junior AAA Hockey League (LHJAAAQ). Despite the loss in the final, the team still draws a positive balance from this season with a record of 38 wins and 18 losses in addition to a few appearances in the top 20 of the best junior teams in Canada.
Regular season review
The Condors dominated on the power play during this first regular season since entering the league in the fall of 2020, which was cut short by the pandemic. They finished with a record of 29 wins and 13 losses. Ranked 6th in the top 20 of the best junior teams in Canada last October, the team has four of the eight best scorers in the league: Samy Paré (3rd), Julien Létourneau (5th), Mikisiw Awashish (7th) and Charles -Édouard Drouin (8th), all players who are finishing their junior internship.
In addition, player William Gagné received the honorable mention for the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) Goaltender of the Year award for finishing 1st among goaltenders with 18 regular season wins and a save percentage of .904. Condors hockey head coach Pier-Alexandre Poulin also received an honorable mention for the title of Coach of the Year in the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) for the 2021-2022 season, having won this honor last year, in addition to receiving a merit trophy on April 9 in the Major Awards category at the Gala Mérite Sportif Beauceron.
Record of the playoffs
Only three wins from qualifying for the Canadian Championship, the Condors finished Napa Cup finalist with a record of 9 wins and five losses in addition to posting the best penalty kill in the playoffs. It was the 6-4 defeat of May 6, against the Collège Français de Longueuil, which marked the end of this grand final which was played in 5 games. It was a big bet for the team, which was then facing the best team in the league in the regular season, ranked 2nd in Canada. The Condors had earned their place in the final with a victory in 5 games in the 1st round against Montreal East and a sweep in 4 games in the 2nd round against the powerful Panthères de St-Jérôme who had finished 2nd overall in addition to ranked 16th in Canada.
Among its players, five of them finished in the league’s top eleven scorers in the playoffs: Samy Paré (3rd), Julien Létourneau (4th), Mikisiw Awashish (7th), Charles-Édouard Drouin (9th) and Dylan Champagne (11th). By ranking 1st in special teams during the playoffs, the team allowed player William Lepage to stand out on the shorthanded with three goals, a league high. For his part, William Gagné finished 2nd among goaltenders for the number of 7 wins in the league and a save percentage of 0.917.
To mark the end of this season, many fans made noise and displayed the colors of the Condors to support the hockey team during games. At the last home game on May 5, 875 spectators were present at the Lacroix-Dutil sports center to closely follow the playoff final against the Collège Français de Longueuil.
On August 6 and 7, a precamp will be open at the EJM/René-Bernard arena in Beauceville for all players who wish to try their luck at playing for the Condors next year. Cégep Beauce-Appalaches encourages interested hockey players to register. The training camp will be held from August 12 to 18 at the Beauceville arena. The regular season will start on Friday, September 9, 2022.
Next season 2022-2023
For the next season, the team will replace seven to ten players, including six who are finishing their junior internship: Mikisiw Awashish, Charles-Édouard Drouin, Samy Paré, Jacob Bernard, Julien Létourneau and Émile Provencher. These graduating athletes have several options on the table both at the university level and at the professional level in Europe or at the senior level in Quebec, and will have to make decisions about their future in the coming weeks. Justin Deblois (Natural Sciences) and Félix-Antoine Gosselin (Human Sciences) will finish their DEC at Cégep Beauce-Appalaches and could return to the team for the upcoming season as 20-year-old players. The organization can count on the potential return of 14 players next year.
“We are very proud of this group of graduating players who have dedicated themselves this season and we are happy that they all have opportunities to continue playing at a competitive level next year while continuing their studies. The presence of veterans like William Gagné and Dylan Champagne, supported by other players who have gained experience this season, should give the Condors a chance to be competitive again next year,” said Pier-Alexandre Poulin, coach- leader of the Condors.
Recruitment of future student-athletes
The next draft of the Quebec Junior AAA Hockey League will take place on Sunday, July 10, 2022. The Condors will then be able to protect 5 local players and select 7 players during the draft. The organization is counting on the successes obtained during this past season to attract the best student-athletes to its study programs and to maximize CBA registrations. With a success rate of 82%, hockey student-athletes benefit from educational support for success as well as individual assistance adapted to scheduling and training issues.
Condors hockey academy
The first edition of the Condors Hockey Academy was held from March 8 to 10 during spring break and was a great success. In all, nearly forty young people had the chance to learn from the experience of Condors coaches and players. A second edition is planned for next season. The Condors Academy aims to develop the athletic qualities specific to hockey players in the region from M9 to M15. By participating in the Academy, athletes develop skills that will be useful to them throughout their hockey career: agility and power in skating, puck handling and playing in tight spaces.
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