The Sea Dogs went 16-48-1-3 in the year 2013 and were also swept in a playoff series. But you know what? There were some good things that happened in 2013. But there were also some bad things. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights and lowlights from the past year as well as a look ahead to 2014.
The 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft – It’s far too early to declare this draft a success, but it certainly looks like a good one. Noel, Thompson, Chabot, Dove-McFalls, Joseph, and others look like a solid foundation for this team’s rebuild.
Stephen MacAulay – The Sea Dogs traded the 20-year old to his hometown Mooseheads where he helped the club win their first President Cup and Memorial Cup not long after the passing of his mother. Definitely the feel good story of the year.
NHL Success – 2013 wasn’t the greatest year for the current edition of the club, but it was a great year for many former Sea Dogs. Several former Dogs made it to the NHL, highlighted by the performances of Jonatan Huberdeau, Charlie Coyle, and Eric Gelinas who are now regulars with their respective clubs. Huberdeau winning the Calder Trophy was a big deal.
Other Success – Travis Fullerton won another CIS Championship with the UNB Varsity Reds, Tomas Jurco won the Calder Cup with the Grand Rapids Griffins, Stanislav Galiev helped the Reading Royals win the ECHL’s Kelly Cup, and Robert Mayer won the Spengler Cup today.
Poutine – It finally arrived at Harbour Station.
2017 – The team announced that their goal is to host and win the Memorial Cup in 2017.
The Alumni Game – What a cool event this was and what a stacked roster the Sea Dogs had. Not many CHL teams have events like this. Huge props to everyone involved.
Sebastien Auger – What a goaltender. One of, if not the best this team has ever had. After all the struggles the Sea Dogs have had with developing goalies, it’s great to see Auger among the best in the QMJHL.