Friday, May 2, 2014

Notebook: QMJHL Final Begins Tonight

The 2014 President’s Cup Final begins tonight as the Baie-Comeau Drakkar host the Val-d’Or Foreurs for Game 1.

It’s the first time since Drummondville and Shawinigan met in 2009 that the QMJHL final does not feature a Maritime team.

In the season series, the Drakkar went 2-0-1-0 against the Foreurs while Val-d’Or was 1-2-0-0 against Baie-Comeau.

Charlie Coyle had an assist in Wednesday’s classic 5-4 Minnesota Wild Game 7 overtime victory over the Colorado Avalanche to advance to the second-round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Coyle assisted on Mikko Koivu’s first period goal that tied the game at 1-1 at the time. It was an eventful period for the former Sea Dog as he also got a nasty cut on his chin via a shot to the face. He left the game but did return for the second period.
Coyle also had four hits and a shot in 14:59 of ice time. In the series he recorded a solid three goals and two assists.

The Wild begin their Western Conference semi-final series against the Blackhawks in Chicago tonight. says Coyle could be an x-factor.

In Le Soleil this week, Quebec Remparts general manager and head coach Philippe Boucher confirmed he tried to acquire Jack Eichel’s rights this past Christmas and will try to acquire them again.

Also this week, Eichel signed a letter of intent to play at Boston University this fall but that doesn’t change a whole lot from a Saint John/QMJHL standpoint.

This week’s Dog Bytes Newsletter has a feature on some team records that were broke this past season. Thomas Chabot had a decent rookie campaign.

The 2014 QMJHL Entry Draft is on Saturday, May 31st in Sherbrooke. That’s not that far off. Prepare yourself.

Winning back-to-back titles is hard, you guys.

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