The day before, the great Remparts had completed a sweep of the Saguenéens in the first round of the QMJHL Qualifiers. On Tuesday, the junior Remparts kicked off the Quebec International Hockey Championship with the same assertion, lowering the Markham Majors rating by 9 to 0.
This Markham team was highly anticipated as the first major Toronto hockey tournament in 20 years to be represented at the tournament. It was so amazing that As de Québec, also known as the Little Remparts for the duration of the event, welcomed them into the Videotron Centre.
“You don’t want to wreck a team, but at the same time, we’re here to prepare well. With the reputation of the league out there, you want to pedal to the metal,” former Remparts and NHL glory Simon Gagné explained.
The latter, who wears the double hat of the team’s assistant coach and father of his young son Matthew, was delighted with the team’s response to the challenge.
“We explained to the youth that here in the region, AAA is good, but it is stronger in this league. It is the big league that we are talking about in the newspapers recently. The word hungry was mentioned at the beginning of the match and that is how we played.”
For Gagné and his junior Remparts, doubt settled after a bitter 6-0 defeat, in Sunday’s pre-season game, against the Philadelphia Flyers junior.
“After that, we didn’t really know what to expect,” he said.
“There were a lot of people tonight. [mardi] To come to cheer us on. I found her beautiful. “As a father, it’s about getting you,” said the person whose heir assisted with the last goal.
It wasn’t just the players who flew on the ice. Headgear too, as two forwards, Louis-Émile Dumais and Matys St-Gelais, completed a hat-trick.
“I especially loved it Feeling When the announcer says: “His third goal in the match is Louis-Emile Dumais!” Everyone is screaming and that’s really cool. This is the most exciting moment,” said the young Dumas, after the feat, clearly at ease in the spotlight.
At his side, his partner St-Gelais seemed amazed at the enormity of the moment.
“I was expecting great Game 2-1, something like that. We came out strong. “It’s exciting, there were a lot of people in the stands, it’s great,” the skilled scorer smiled.
The score was completed by Felix Fashion, Sam Rochet and Leo Gabriel Josselin.
The Les Petits Remparts will be back again Friday night (6 p.m.) against the winners of a Wednesday morning duel between Providence Hockey Club and the Horon Perth Lakers.
The Quebec Star women’s team is respected
In their first match, the Équipe Québec Étoiles Féminin girls showed that the players on their way had better control, thanks to a 3-1 win over Paris Evry-Viry, in the BB class.
“It’s always a great lesson in humility for boys this age,” he recalls then recalls the person who was behind creating the first all-women’s Pee-Wee team, in 2016, and is now a coach. Assistant, Caroline Owlette.
“These guys will grow up respecting girls, whether it’s in hockey or in life,” the former striker added.
savor the moment
The young women seemed a bit nervous at the start of the match and it was the Parisians who scored the first goal.
After the ants were driven out, a clear and clean dominance was established, with targets from Elizabeth Bellanger, Beatrice Turcotte and Raphael Nickett.
“They were told to enjoy the moment on their first lap on the ice during the warm-up period. They had to realize that there was no other place in the world they wanted to be.
“After that, the girls played with more confidence. The passing game improved and the match was strong overall.”
Last week, a report by the Quebec Commission on the Development of Hockey emphasized the importance of investing in women’s hockey. Caroline Owlette couldn’t agree more.
“Girls often drop out of hockey between the ages of nine and 12. We have to keep them in the sport. We have a lot of work to do and that’s what the report established.
“In Ontario, there are eight full-time employees working in women’s hockey. In Hockey Québec, there is only one coordinator. In my opinion, it takes at least two people, including one who will coordinate everything that is elite,” said the gold medalist Olympic Quartet.
In his view, the women’s squad that has been in the Quebec tournament since 2016 continues to inspire the youngest players growing up.
“We are now seeing young girls at rookie level and cornucopia dreaming of being part of this team in the tournament,” said Ouellette.
At the Videotron Center on Wednesday
Hungary Talent v. | New York Rangers
10:30 AM AAA
Providence hockey club 2 vs. | Huron Perth Lakers
Quebec Northeast Harvang c. | Boxing hockey academy
1 pm school
Vermont Flames vs. | st louis arsenal academy
2:15 pm b b
Richelieu Predators c. | Gatineau ambassadors
3:30 pm. the school
Charles Lemoyne Dynamics c. | Lucille Tisdale Diabolos
4:45 p.m. School
Grail Claretian College c. | Jack Lieber Arsenal
6 PM AAA
Montreal Canadiens vs. | HS Riga
7:15 PM AAA
Czech Knights v. | Middlesex Islands
8:30 PM AAA
New Jersey Devils v. | North Shore Winter Club