Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Nearing Some Milestones

By Kevin Chambers
SN Staff

With the 2012-13 season approaching we take a look at some of the milestones that some of the veteran players are close to achieving.

Jonathan Huberdeau - Should last year's captain return for another season in Saint John he would not only have the chance to set some personal milestones, but also eclipse some franchise records. Huberdeau is currently 12 goals shy of the 100 goal plateau, needs 26 assists to reach 150 assists, and 38 combined points would give him 250 points on his stellar QMJHL career. With two additional combined points Huberdeau would surpass longtime Sea Dog fan favorite, Michael Kirkpatrick, who currently holds the franchise record with 251 career points as a Sea Dog. Should Huberdeau play in 45 games he would also reach 200 games played.

Kevin Gagne - Another long time fan favorite and a Steady Eddy, Kevin Gagne is close to reaching some significant milestones of his own this season. Gagne needs to play in 51 games this season to set a franchise record for games played as a Sea Dog with 289, a record currently held by Mike Thomas. Gagne would first hit the 250 game mark in 12 games and could potentially reach 300 games played if he can play in 62 games this season. Another milestone Gagne is close to reaching is his career assists mark. Gagne is currently 20 assists shy of the 100 assist plateau.

Pierre Durepos - Another Steady Eddy, Pierre Durepos won't have to wait very long to reach his first milestone. In fact, his first game of the year will mark Durepos' 200 career game. Should Durepos remain in Saint John for the duration of the season (no trade), 250 games is likely for the durable overage defender.  Durepos is also 23 points shy of reaching 100 points in his QMJHL career with the Sea Dogs.

Stephen MacAulay - Another long time Sea Dog player entering his 5th season with the club is just 29 games shy of playing in his 250th career game all of which have been with the Sea Dogs. Known for his excellent work ethic and strong defensive play MacAulay is just seven points shy of reaching 100 points in his career here.

Ryan Tesink - The Saint John native needs just five games to reach the century mark for games played. Sinker is also only 25 points away from hitting 100 point mark.

A couple of other players are close to reaching their 150th game played in Saint John. Aidan Kelly is 21 games away while Jason Cameron is 42 games from hitting the same mark.

Photo Credit: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

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