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  • Playing for his mom, Cape Breton's Adam McCormick raises awareness for organ donation

    Cape Breton Screaming Eagles defenceman Adam McCormick is playing hockey with a heavy heart. Skating with the QMJHL team has provided the 16-year-old with a little refuge from what he and his family are facing at home.

    His mom, Audrey, is awaiting a lung transplant.  She’s been fighting lung disease for more than seven years, and it was a big decision for McCormick to leave home. He wasn’t sure if going away to play major junior hockey was a good idea given the circumstances.

    Sydney, NS, where the Screaming Eagles play, is a seven-hour drive from his western New Brunswick roots.

    McCormick played last season with the Fredericton Canadians major midget team, about an hour away from his Woodstock, NB, home. He’s also an eleventh round pick of the hometown Woodstock Slammers in the Maritime Hockey League, a local junior A circuit under the CJHL umbrella.

    He placed a call to Cape Breton head coach, Marc-André Dumont.

    “I feel like right now may not be the best time for me to go to major

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  • Moncton's Malatesta suspended seven games for Laberge hit

    Pascal Laberge was selected 36th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2016 NHL Draft. (Getty Images)Pascal Laberge was selected 36th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2016 NHL Draft. (Getty Images)

    Moncton Wildcats defenceman Zachary Malatesta was suspended seven games by the QMJHL on Tuesday for his check on Victoriaville Tigres star Pascal Laberge. The hit left Laberge, a Philadelphia Flyers prospect, with a concussion.

    The hit occurred at the 6:05 mark of the first period during the Wildcats’ 5-2 loss to the Tigres on Saturday. A James Povall rebound from a shot from the right circle wrapped its way up the boards to the left point of the Victoriaville zone. Laberge picked up the puck and turned to skate out of the zone with speed. Malatesta got low and met him at the left point, countering the oncoming forward’s speed with his own, crunching him head on and sending the Tigres star to the ice, as Laberge’s stick flew up in the air on impact. Tigres forward James Phelan jumped immediately into the fray to avenge his fallen teammate, fighting the Wildcat blueliner. The call on the ice was a major penalty for checking to the head and a game misconduct. Was it warranted? Have a

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  • QMJHL West Division preview: Huskies still hungry, return as strong favourite to repeat

    Yahoo Sports’ Buzzing the Net blog will preview the upcoming 2016-17 QMJHL season, going division by division and asking the biggest question of each team. The season opens on Thursday with the defending President’s Cup champion Rouyn-Noranda Huskies hosting the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, then a full slate of games Friday with all 18 teams in action.

    ROUYN-NORANDA HUSKIES

    2015-16 record: 54-9-3-2 (113 points)

    Division finish: First place

    League finish: First place

    Result: Won President’s Cup

    Can the Huskies win it all again?

    Their blueline could be the deepest in the league, and while Chase Marchand isn’t back to set playoff records, they should be poised to be a contender again.

    Marchand was a Jr. A goalie in the Maritime Hockey League two seasons ago. He became a star goaltender for the Huskies behind coach Gilles Bouchard and his system, and while Marchand was a very solid contributor and got hot at the right time, Samuel Harvey was the starter of this Huskies team two seasons

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  • Roberto Bissonnette remembered for his passion for life and positivity

    Former Hull Olympique and Acadie-Bathurst Titan forward Roberto (Bob) Bissonnette was killed in a helicopter crash near Campbellton, NB, on Labour Day weekend.

    The helicopter he was travelling in collided with power lines at about 4 p.m., and crashed into a land embankment, finally rolling into the Restigouche River.

    Bissonnette and pilot Frédérick Décoste were killed in the crash, while a third passenger, Michel LaPlante, was transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

    Bissonnette and crew were in Caraquet, NB, for the weekend, flying over Saturday and coming back at the time of the accident. A selfie of the trio in the helicopter, taken on the way over, was posted to Bissonnette’s Instagram page.

    Reports from the scene say that the helicopter hit right into power lines and caused an explosion, causing thousands of homes to lose power. The helicopter then hit the terrain and fell into the river, with pieces flying everywhere.

    The investigation into the crash is

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  • 2016 QMJHL Entry Draft: Halifax swings coup, takes both Groulx and McIsaac in wild draft day

    The Halifax Mooseheads selected Benoit-Olivier Groulx with the first overall selection at the 2016 QMJHL Entry Draft. (Vincent Ethier/QMJHL Images)The Halifax Mooseheads selected Benoit-Olivier Groulx with the first overall selection at the 2016 QMJHL Entry Draft. (Vincent Ethier/QMJHL Images)
    The Halifax Mooseheads stole the show Saturday at the 2016 QMJHL Entry Draft, ending the debate of who to take first overall by swinging a deal for both players.

    The Mooseheads selected forward Benoît-Olivier Groulx first overall, making the son of former Gatineau Olympiques coach Benoit, and then traded the seventh, 16th and 24th picks and a first rounder next season to the Baie-Comeau Drakkar for the second overall pick to take blueliner Jared McIsaac.

    The Mooseheads now have a pair of excellent cornerstones to build around, and with young forwards Arnaud Durandeau and Joel Bishop and defenders Jocktan Chainey and Walter Flowers all 17 or younger, they have a very bright future.

    The Drakkar were somewhat handcuffed if they wanted one of the top two players. Groulx was the top ranked player by the QMJHL’s central scouting list, and McIsaac flat out said he wouldn’t report to Baie-Comeau if he was picked.

    Jared McIsaac, left, Benoit-Olivier Groulx, center, and Olivier Rodrigue, right, were the top three picks. (Vincent Ethier/QMJHL Images)Jared McIsaac, left, Benoit-Olivier Groulx, center, and Olivier Rodrigue, right, were the top three picks. (Vincent Ethier/QMJHL Images)Don’t feel too bad for them, though, as they ended up with four picks in the

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  • 2016 QMJHL Draft preview: Halifax has control of their destiny with first overall pick

    The Halifax Mooseheads could select forward Benoit-Olivier Groulx, seen here checking USA defenceman Mattias Samuelsson into the boards at the Youth Olympic Games in Norway in February, with the first pick in the 2016 QMJHL Entry Draft in Charlottetown Saturday. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Al Tielemans/IOC via AP)The Halifax Mooseheads could select forward Benoit-Olivier Groulx, seen here checking USA defenceman Mattias Samuelsson into the boards at the Youth Olympic Games in Norway in February, with the first pick in the 2016 QMJHL Entry Draft in Charlottetown Saturday. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Al Tielemans/IOC via AP)
    The Halifax Mooseheads have an important decision to make.

    Do they go with the consensus number-one pick; the son of a prolific now-former Gatineau Olympiques head coach, a star power forward who could develop into a top line center?

    Or do they go with the potential number one blueliner; a hometown kid who could keep the tickets coming in and let the marketing staff take the day off while the money rolls in? Oh, and he’s also good at hockey, possibly as good as the other guy?

    That is the debate for the Mooseheads between Benoît-Olivier Groulx and Jared McIsaac, Do they go forward or defenceman with the top pick in the 2016 QMJHL Entry Draft Saturday at the Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown?

    Either pick will be a good one for Halifax, who finished their scorched earth portion of their rebuild and start fresh with a young team and a new coach in André Tourigny. Groulx is ranked number one in the league’s central scouting list, but there is speculation that the Truro blueliner McIsaac may

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  • 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup: Homegrown Huskies march to first Cup appearance

    The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies won their first President's Cup in team history this season, defeating the Shawinigan Cataractes in five games. (Hugo Lacroix/QMJHL Media)The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies won their first President's Cup in team history this season, defeating the Shawinigan Cataractes in five games. (Hugo Lacroix/QMJHL Media)
    Is it possible for the number one ranked team in the CHL to come in under the radar?

    The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies dominated their way through their QMJHL competition, running the table in the regular season with a 54-9-3-2 record, blasting their way through the playoff bracket with a 16-5 record, and a 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup berth in the process.

    The goal is in sight, but the Huskies aren’t done. They won their first President’s Cup in their history – the first in their franchise’s history since 1970 as the Montreal Junior Canadiens – and they will march on, led by head coach Gilles Bouchard.

    While the top line of the London Knights, Christian Dvorak flanked by Matthew Tkachuk and Mitch Marner, may get the most attention, the Brandon Wheat Kings as western champs after reaching the finals a year ago and with 2017 NHL draft hopeful Nolan Patrick in tow, and the Red Deer Rebels hosting the first Memorial Cup tournament in Alberta since 1974, it can be easy to forget the Huskies as the

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  • 2016 QMJHL President's Cup final preview: Cataractes could upset Huskies

    Anthony Beauvillier of the Cataractes leads all playoff scorers with 26 points. (CP / Ghyslain Bergeron)Anthony Beauvillier of the Cataractes leads all playoff scorers with 26 points. (CP / Ghyslain Bergeron)
    Welcome to Buzzing The Net’s preview of the QMJHL’s President’s Cup final.

    Two teams are left standing after a strong final four. The Shawinigan Cataractes defeated the Saint John Sea Dogs in five games and the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies outlasted the Moncton Wildcats in six. The top two seeds in the regular season are the last two squads playing. The league will crown a new champion, as neither team has a President’s Cup to their credit. The fans in Rouyn-Noranda have been waiting 20 seasons, while Shawinigan fans have seen 38 seasons without a championship. They can be somewhat comforted by the Cataractes’ Memorial Cup win in 2012 as hosts.

    In the third round, Mike went 2-for-2, nailing both series, including the Rouyn-Noranda-Moncton series in the correct amount of games. That puts his playoffs predictions record at 10-for-14, with six of those predicted in the correct amount of games. You may read his third round preditions here, his second round preview here, and his first round

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  • 2016 QMJHL third round playoff preview: the cream has risen to the top

    Saint John's Thomas Chabot has been the league's best defenceman in the playoffs, with 17 points from the back end and solid two-way play. (CP / Ghyslain Bergeron)Saint John's Thomas Chabot has been the league's best defenceman in the playoffs, with 17 points from the back end and solid two-way play. (CP / Ghyslain Bergeron)
    Welcome to Buzzing The Net’s preview of the third round of the QMJHL playoffs.

    The second round is over, and from the smoke emerges four teams – the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, the Shawinigan Cataractes, the Saint John Sea Dogs and the Moncton Wildcats. The three division winners are still around, along with the Wildcats, who led the Maritimes division for a good stretch at the start of the season. The league finally had its first series that went the distance, when the Sea Dogs dispatched the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in Game 7 6-2.

    In the second round, Mike went 2-for-4, and whiffed completely on Moncton and Shawinigan. That puts his playoffs predictions record at 8-for-12. He got the correct team and games in the Saint John series in the second round, meaning five of his twelve series predictions have been correct. You may read his second round preview here, and his first round previews here and here.

    Third round action opens in Shawinigan and Rouyn-Noranda Friday night.

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  • 2016 QMJHL second round preview: end of the line for the Armada

    Rouyn-Noranda's Timo Meier led the playoffs in scoring in the first round, with 13 points in four games. (CP / Ghyslain Bergeron)Rouyn-Noranda's Timo Meier led the playoffs in scoring in the first round, with 13 points in four games. (CP / Ghyslain Bergeron)
    Welcome to Buzzing The Net’s preview of the second round of the QMJHL playoffs.

    Only one series featured a true upset in the Q’s first round – 13th-seeded Blainville-Boisbriand dispatched fourth seed Val-d’Or in five games. No series went further than six games. All teams entering play will be well rested, and three of the four series provide very interesting matchups to survey.

    In the first round, Mike went 6-for-8, missing Moncton and Blainville-Boisbriand. He called the winner in the correct number of games in four of the eight first round series. You may read his first round previews here and here.

    Second round action opens in Saint John and Shawinigan Thursday night, and in Gatineau and Rouyn-Noranda Friday night.

    (5) Gatineau Olympiques (49-15-3-1, 102 points) vs. (6) Moncton Wildcats (42-20-6-0, 90 points)

    Season series: Moncton (1-0-1-0). Prediction: Olympiques in 6.

    Series in a sentence: Offence wins games, but defence wins championships, and the Olympiques were the league’s

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