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Road to the 2022 TELUS Cup: Notre Dame Hounds

If there is a team that seems to subscribe to the TELUS Cup, it is the Cantonniers de Magog.

The Cantonniers are back for a third straight appearance at Canada’s National Men’s U18 Club Championship, having once again won the Ligue de développement du hockey U18 AAA du Québec (LDHM18AAAQ) title.

This time, Magog will be hoping for the only win she hasn’t won – she lost 5-1 to the Notre Dame Hounds (who will be among the 2022 opponents) in the championship game in 2018 and suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Toronto Young Nationals in second overtime in the 2019 final.

Given the cancellation of the playoffs in 2020 and the 2020-2021 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cantonniers have new faces not only in training, but also behind the bench: Stéphane Robidas, l he former NHL defenseman who played over 900 league games in his 14-year career with Montreal, Dallas, Chicago, Anaheim and Toronto, is now at the helm of the team.

Robidas took over from fellow NHL veteran Felix Potvin, who coached Magog in his two previous TELUS Cup appearances.

“Our team has progressed since Day 1,” said Renaud Légaré, president of the Cantonniers, about the 2021-2022 season. “The players understood that they had reached a professional level. From then on, they were intense all year. »

However, the season has had its share of challenges. Around mid-December, the LDHM18AAAQ decided to suspend its activities in the face of the increase in cases of COVID-19 linked to the Omicron variant. It was only two months later that the matches were able to resume.

“There were ups and downs due to the pandemic, the fear that the season would be canceled like the previous year, confides Légaré. As soon as the activities resumed, we saw that the players were determined to go all the way and put in the necessary efforts to win the league title. »

After finishing the season ranked second in the LDHM18AAAQ with a 30-9-0 record, the Cantonniers defeated Amos, Gatineau and Laval-Montréal in quick succession – losing only two games in the process – to reach the final. against the formidable Chevaliers de Lévis, champions of the regular season.

After suffering a loss in the first game, Magog went on to win the next four, a streak capped by an overtime winner from Connor Macey that made the Cantonniers the first team to win three Quebec titles in a row since Ste- Foy, whose feat spanned from 1978 to 1980.

Next stop: Okotoks.

“We are going to leave a day earlier, just to calm the troops and the nervousness of going to play in a tournament for a group of young people aged 15 and 16 in Calgary, reveals Légaré. We really think that leaving a day in advance will help them. »

Magog has not won Canada’s National Men’s U18 Club Championship since 2000, and the last team to claim the national title was Ste-Foy the following year.

“We’re going to the tournament with the goal of bringing back the TELUS Cup,” concludes Légaré. It would be a nice complement to all the victories we have accumulated in recent years. »

The Cantoners open their TELUS Cup tournament against the Pacific Region champions, the Vancouver North East Chiefs, on May 16.

ROUTE TO OKOTOKS

Quebec U18 AAA Hockey Development League

Preliminary round: defeated the Forestiers d’Amos 3-0 (8-1, 7-1, 7-1)

Quarter-final: defeated the Gatineau Intrepid 3-1 (3-5, 5-2, 6-4, 2-1)

Semi-final: beat the Rousseau Royal of Laval-Montreal 3-1 (4-3, 5-1, 2-3, 7-3)

Final: defeated the Chevaliers de Lévis 4-1 (2-4, 7-2, 3-2, 2-0, 4-3 PROL.)

REGULAR SEASON

Regular season record: 30-9-0 (2are of the LDHM18AAAQ)

Goals for: 186 (2are of the LDHM18AAAQ)

Goals Against: 91 (Tie – 1ers of the LDHM18AAAQ)

Longest winning streak: 7 (Dec. 10-Mar. 4)

Three top scorers:

– Raoul Boilard – 17B, 27A, 44P (10and in the LDHM18AAAQ)

– Connor Macey – 19B, 22A, 41P (14and in the LDHM18AAAQ)

– Alix Durocher – 19B, 20A, 39P (17and in the LDHM18AAAQ)

PLAYOFFS

Playoff record: 13-3

Goals for: 74

Goals against: 36

Three top scorers:

– Eli Baillargeon – 14B, 13A, 27P

– Jules Boilard – 8B, 18A, 26P

– Lewis Gendron – 9B, 12A, 21P

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY

2019 | Roadmenders of Magog | silver medal | 5-0-0 | 19BP, 4BC

2018 | Roadmenders of Magog | silver medal | 2-1-1 | 16BP, 16BC

2000 | Roadmenders of Magog | gold medal | 4-1-0 | 36BP, 14BC

1995 | Roadmenders of Magog | fifth place | 2-3-0 | 7BP, 12BC

PLAYERS TO WATCH

ELI BAILLARGEON

Leader of the team as captain… Defensive player in the playoffs… good throwing

LOUIS-FELIX CHARROIS

Playoff defensive player… combative… very agile goalie

JEREMIE DUMAS-LAROUCHE

Giant size defender… good first pass… good sense of the game

QMJHL DRAFT PLAYERS

Jérémie Dumas-Larouche – Blainville-Boisbriand – 2021 (2and round, 33and in total)

Shawn Pearson – Rimouski – 2021 (2and round, 39and in total)

Louis-Felix Charrois – Rouyn-Noranda – 2021 (3and round, 44 and in total)

Éloi Bourdeau – Sherbrooke – 2021 (3and round, 56and in total)

Jules Boilard – Rimouski – 2021 (4and round, 60and in total)

Lyam Jacques – Rimouski – 2021 (5and round, 79and in total)

Eli Baillargeon – Moncton – 2021 (5and round, 80and in total)

Charles Poirier – Shawinigan – 2020 (8and round, 131and
in total)

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