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Around the QMJHL this week

 

Nothing like coming down to the wire. The Saint John Sea Dogs have finally solved their Head Coaching dilemma by hiring former Swift Current Broncos and Regina Pats Assistant Josh Dixon. The Dogs were left looking for a new bench boss after Danny Flynn left for the Portland Winterhawks during the summer and Jeff Cowan took over on an interim basis. Cowan remains with the team as an Associate Coach.

Charlottetown Islanders defenceman P-O Joseph has always had a lanky build. Sounds like he’s been working on that according to Arizona sports reporter Kyle Wilcox.

Halifax Mooseheads veteran Otto Somppi was faced with a change of plans this week as he departed for training camp with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The impending Hurricane Irma forced the Florida based team to scrap their rookie tournament in Estero, Fl on the Gulf coast. Instead the team has traveled to Nashville where they will face the Predators rookies in a series of scrimmages.

Craig Button of TSN has come out with his rankings of NHL draft eligible players and it is loaded with members of the Halifax Mooseheads. Jared McIsaac leads the list in the sixth overall position while their is a total of eight QMJHL players in the top 35. Very impressive and indicative of the type of talent fans can expect to see on a nightly basis around the league this season. It’s a great time to be a fan of junior hockey in our region.

The Mooseheads are currently without the services of Maxime Fortier (Montreal Canadiens), Otto Somppi (Tampa Bay Lightning), Arnaud Durandeau (New York Islanders) and Jocktan Chainey (New Jersey Devils) who have left for their respective NHL camps. In the meantime forwards Gavin Hart and Cole Stewart were recalled for pre-season games vs Moncton along with defenceman Jack McGovern. There is a laundry list of players around the Q who are also off to camps in the NHL.

Here’s the Acadie-Bathurst Titan wishing the best for two of their star players who took off this week.

Meanwhile the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada are currently without five players who are attending pro camp not to mention Pierre-Luc Dubois who is taking part in his second camp with Columbus after going third overall in the draft in 2016.

The Screaming Eagles giving the thumbs up to Leon Gawanke and Drake Batherson.

You may have noticed the league initiative #Our18 lately. Your Mooseheads were one of the early featured teams where a prospect, a veteran and the Head Coach give a season preview along with some written content about the team. The feature was the brain child of newly appointed QMJHL Communications Director Maxime Blouin. Today’s featured team is the Drummondville Voltigeurs who’s coaching staff has a distinct former Mooseheads flavour.

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