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  • Meier on the move to Rouyn-Noranda as QMJHL trading period wraps up

    Halifax Mooseheads forward Timo Meier will join the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies among the myriad of moves as the QMJHL's mid-season trading period ended Wednesday. (CP / Ghyslain Bergeron)Halifax Mooseheads forward Timo Meier will join the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies among the myriad of moves as the QMJHL's mid-season trading period ended Wednesday. (CP / Ghyslain Bergeron)
    The QMJHL trading period closed its doors Wednesday and the big prize of the flurry of deals snuck under the wire up to the Abitibi-Témiscamingue in black and red.

    The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies made the biggest splash in the midnight hour, picking up San Jose first rounder Timo Meier from the Halifax Mooseheads for a first and second rounder in 2017 and a fourth round pick in 2018.

    Meier, the Moosehead captain and the winner of the league’s Michael-Bossy Trophy for best professional prospect last season, was the biggest name on the move by noon Wednesday as the league closed their annual mid-season trading window. The period opened up December 19.

    The Huskies, the league’s second best team after a Val-d’Or Foreur win Tuesday pushed them out of top spot, also moved out a pair of players, their first rounder last summer Louis-Filip Côté and Vincent Chapleau, recovering a trio of draft picks in return, including a first rounder in 2018.

    Rouyn-Noranda added blueliner Nikolas Brouillard from

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  • Ducharme will stay in Finland for WJC after father's passing

    Team Canada assistant coach Dominique Ducharme will remain with the team for the rest of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship after the death of his father.

    Ducharme’s father Jacques passed away in his sleep Tuesday night, but the Halifax Mooseheads coach will stay with Team Canada in Finland.

    “There’s just a week left,” Ducharme said. “My dad was very proud that I’m here and I think he would have wanted me to stay.”

    Ducharme’s mother also pushed him to stay and finish the tournament. He learned of his father’s death after Canada’s 3-2 win over Switzerland.

    Head coach Dave Lowry and the team are in full support mode of their assistant coach.

    “It shows how much the tournament is important to him,” Lowry said. "It's unfortunate what happened last night but his dad would expect him to carry on, push on and he got the same encouragement from his mom.

    “I know he had a very strong relationship with his dad."

    "We're all here for him," said Lawson Crouse. "We're going to do whatever

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  • WJC 2016: Three Swedish goals go through mesh and back out in pre-tourney tune-up

    Team Canada celebrates after one of their seven goals Wednesday against Team Sweden. The Canadians held off a hot Swedish attack in the third period; hot enough to see three pucks off Swedish goals go through the back of the net. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)Team Canada celebrates after one of their seven goals Wednesday against Team Sweden. The Canadians held off a hot Swedish attack in the third period; hot enough to see three pucks off Swedish goals go through the back of the net. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)
    In these pre-tournament exhibition games, it's not only practice time for both teams playing.

    It's apparently tune-up time for the nets, and they need some fine tuning after Canada's 7-6 win over Sweden Wednesday.

    Team Canada was cruising after two periods with a 5-1 lead after 40 minutes at Helsinki Ice Hall for their final pre-tourney game for the IIHF 2016 World Junior Hockey Championships.

    Then a strong Swedish third nearly stole the game for Tre Kronor, and the Swedes were so hot in the final stanza, three of their goals went through the mesh in the back of the net and out the back.

    Check it out on Adrian Kempe’s goal:

    Rink attendants at Helsinki Ice Hall will have to break out their road hockey handbook for ways to fix up those holes. Maybe some cable tie clips, or some thread, or something.

    It will

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  • Phoenix clean house after poor start to the season

    The Sherbrooke Phoenix fired their head coach and GM Wednesday to try and kick-start a turnaround to their season. (THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Ghyslain Bergeron)The Sherbrooke Phoenix fired their head coach and GM Wednesday to try and kick-start a turnaround to their season. (THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Ghyslain Bergeron)
    The Sherbrooke Phoenix are trying to right the ship after a tough first half, and they need to turn it around fast.

    After losing seven of their last eight games, they made the front office power move Wednesday, sending the only head coach and GM the team has ever known packing.

    The Phoenix canned Judes Vallée and Patrick Charbonneau after a disappointing 12-15-3-2 start to a year that Sherbrooke expected to go better.

    Part-owner Jocelyn Thibault will take over the general manager duties on a permanent basis, and he appointed Stéphane Julien as the interim head coach.

    “It’s a really difficult day and a sad day for the Phoenix organisation,” team president Denis Bourque said. “Before starting the organisation, we are all friends. The results of the last two years have led to this decision.

    “We promised a good season to our fans, and it hasn’t happened.”

    Thibault added that this decision wasn’t one that came together quickly.

    “We aren’t happy to be here today,” he said. “We analyzed the

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  • 2016 World Juniors: Blackwood suspended 8 games, will sit out first two WJC games if he makes Team Canada

    Mackenzie Blackwood of the Barrie Colts received an eight game suspension for an ugly slash in a game in Sudbury Friday. (Terry Wilson / OHL Images)Mackenzie Blackwood of the Barrie Colts received an eight game suspension for an ugly slash in a game in Sudbury Friday. (Terry Wilson / OHL Images)
    As one of two goaltenders selected to Team Canada’s selection camp for the 2015 WJC, Barrie Colts netminder Mackenzie Blackwood’s chances of making the squad had sit somewhere between 99-100%, barring injury or suspension.

    That latter reason may come into play, as Blackwood will sit 8 games for his vicious slash of a Sudbury Wolves forward in last Friday’s game at Sudbury Arena, and it could have ramifications for Team Canada.

    Blackwood, a second rounder of the New Jersey Devils, was given a match penalty and booted from the contest, a penalty-filled 6-4 Barrie win.

    The normally calm, cool and collected netminder will sit for this piece of stickwork:

     

    The IIHF honours CHL suspensions, so the 8 game timeframe has some in Hockey Canada worried. Blackwood, if he makes the Team Canada squad for the 2016 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships in Finland later this month, will be forced to sit the team’s first two round-robin games.

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  • Dumulong released from hospital after having both legs run over in car accident

    Nicolas Dumulong of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan suffered a leg injury in a car-related mishap at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre Wednesday morning. (Getty Images)Nicolas Dumulong of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan suffered a leg injury in a car-related mishap at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre Wednesday morning. (Getty Images)
    A new car means an adjustment period, as Acadie-Bathurst Titan blueliner Nicolas Dumulong learned Wednesday.

    Dumulong was released from hospital today after suffering a leg injury in a car-related mishap Wednesday morning in the parking lot of the K.C. Irving Regional Centre.

    “I just got a new car and I was a bit late so I was in a hurry,” the 19-year-old defenceman told L’Acadie NOUVELLE Wednesday.

    He arrived to the rink for practice in his brand new vehicle and parked, or thought he did. Turns out the car has a manual transmission, so it started rolling. He starting walking to the rink until fellow defender Mark Trickett noticed his car moving forward and picking up speed.

    “Mark said ‘your car!’, so I looked back and it was going off the side of the parking lot,” he said.

    Dumulong went to try and hop into the driver’s seat of his car, but in his efforts he slipped on grass and the car ran over both his legs at the knee. The ambulance was called and he was taken to the hospital but

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  • Remparts bench boss Boucher puts league brass on blast; says attendance down due to lack of “robustness”

    Remparts coach Philippe Boucher put the QMJHL on blast Saturday after his team's 7-3 loss to Saint John. (Ghyslain Bergeron / CP)Remparts coach Philippe Boucher put the QMJHL on blast Saturday after his team's 7-3 loss to Saint John. (Ghyslain Bergeron / CP)
    Quebec Remparts head coach and GM Philippe Boucher came out firing (NSFW – language warning) against the QMJHL establishment Saturday night after a game where he felt he was robbed by the officials.

    Boucher had a bad night at the office Saturday, a 7-3 loss to the Saint John Sea Dogs where his team gave up three power play goals in the final frame, including two on a 5-on-3 from three Rempart penalties called on the same play, a slashing call on Massimo Carozza and two unsportsmanlike conduct calls, with one going to the man behind the bench.

    Boucher fired back hard, saying that the call on Carozza was bogus, and that he can’t question referees anymore.

    “I’ve coached 181 games in the league before the season started,” he started, building up steam. “I know if I want things to improve I have to improve too. I have spent time improving [myself]. In 181 games, I didn’t have a single warning.

    “So far this year, I’ve had 7 warnings, 3 bench penalties and an ejection,” Boucher said.

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  • Chicoutimi has new front office after the city takes back the team from owners

    The Sagueneens will have an interim front office for the rest of the season, but the mayor of Saguenay assured fans Monday, saying the team will stay in the city. (Ghyslain Bergeron / CP)The Sagueneens will have an interim front office for the rest of the season, but the mayor of Saguenay assured fans Monday, saying the team will stay in the city. (Ghyslain Bergeron / CP)
    A new group is taking control of the Chicoutimi Saguenéens franchise after the previous owners called “No mas” on their agreement with the city of Saguenay, giving back the team to the city.

    The former group, led by notables Alain Deschênes and former Sag and NHLer Pierre-Marc Bouchard, opted to end their seven-year contract with the city early and give up the team. A three-man group, businessmen Jean-François Abraham and Richard Létourneau and former Sag and NHL netminder Marc Denis, will take over the club for the rest of the season.

    Létourneau will be the team’s president, while Abraham and Denis will be VPs, with Denis handling the hockey side and Abraham grabbing the business side.

    Létourneau has admitted that the new ownership group doesn’t know the books and will have his work cut out for him.

    All employees of the old ownership group have been let go, though some will surely be rehired and the firing solely symbolic.

    He admits the new group will have their work cut out for them.

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  • Wildcats star forward Conor Garland was injured after a fight against the Screaming Eagles Friday, and that prompted some nasty comments between bench bosses Darren Rumble and Marc-Andre Dumont. (QMJHL Images)Wildcats star forward Conor Garland was injured after a fight against the Screaming Eagles Friday, and that prompted some nasty comments between bench bosses Darren Rumble and Marc-Andre Dumont. (QMJHL Images)
    Back-to-back home-and-home series always bring the best out of rivalries, and the rivalry between the Moncton Wildcats and Cape Breton Screaming Eagles is no exception.

    After an opening night of theatrics in a 7-3 Cape Breton win with 100 penalty minutes dolled out in Sydney, N.S. on Wednesday, the encore at the Moncton Coliseum was every bit it’s equal, with a 5-2 Moncton win and 112 more minutes in the box.

    Basically, circle October 16 on your calendar for the next one. The Moncton Coliseum will be buzzing.

    The tension came to a fever pitch late in the third period, when Wildcats star Conor Garland squared off with Screaming Eagles forward Phélix Martineau.

    Martineau got the better of the fight, and knocked Garland’s helmet off. After about five seconds of wrestling, Martineau sent Garland to the ice, where Garland hit his head on his discarded helmet and landed, laying motionless on the ice.

    Both team’s trainers came to tend to the QMJHL’s defending scoring champion. A stretcher was

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  • QMJHL cancels Oceanic-Drakkar game after winger Beck collapses on bench, sent to hospital

    Oceanic forward Samuel Beck collapsed on the bench during the first period of Saturday's contest between Rimouski and Baie-Comeau. Beck is doing well in the hospital and is expected to rejoin the team Sunday. (QMJHL Images)Oceanic forward Samuel Beck collapsed on the bench during the first period of Saturday's contest between Rimouski and Baie-Comeau. Beck is doing well in the hospital and is expected to rejoin the team Sunday. (QMJHL Images)
    The back end of a back-to-back for the Baie-Comeau Drakkar and the Rimouski Oceanic was cancelled Saturday after a check to the head of forward Samuel Beck sent the rookie to the hospital.

    Beck’s head collided with the shoulder of Drakkar winger Simon Desbiens when Beck reached for the puck at the blue line during the first period of their game at the Arena Henry-Leonard.

    He made it to his team’s bench, and play resumed until the Oceanic trainer called for the help of the Drakkar trainer and the on-site doctor. After a few minutes, Beck collapsed and was sent straight to the hospital from the player’s bench on a stretcher.

    The league released a statement Saturday about the cancellation, saying commissioner Gilles Courteau “took this decision with the Director of Player Safety, Raymond Bolduc, present at the game, in the best interest of Samuel Beck’s health, the players present, the staff of both teams as well as the officials.”

    The league commended the actions of the athletic

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