Busy times for the Quebec U18 AAA Hockey Development League | Sports
Say goodbye to the Quebec Midget AAA Hockey League and hello to the Quebec U18 AAA Hockey Development League (QU18AAAHL), a name change that was presented during the Virtual Gala held on Saturday June 19 on the Facebook page. of the league.
This name change has been in the works for some time at the request of Hockey Canada as age identification categories replace the old standards from novice to junior. âWe were informed in 2019 to have to change our name,â said Yanick GagnÃ©, general manager of the QU18AAAHL. âWe had permission to keep the midget name because it was the 45th anniversary of the league and then we would move on. The new name has been approved by the Board of Governors and we announced it this Saturday.
The league’s goal remains excellence in hockey and education and the new logo incorporates these elements into the new design that will represent the league.
While there was no award for on-ice excellence, as always, there was recognition for off-ice and academic activities. Ãmile Desjardins des Forestiers d’Amos received the AndrÃ©-Gingras trophy for his involvement in his community. The Rosaire-Morin Trophy for individual academic excellence was awarded to Mathieu Wener of CollÃ¨ge Charles-Lemoyne Riverains. The team’s academic prize was also awarded to the residents who won the Roger-Brunelle trophy. The academic personality of the year was Nathan Morin of the Chevaliers de LÃ©vis, as he won the Knapper Trophy. The Michel-Daoust Trophy for the best educational advisor went to Simon DÃ©sautels of Saint-Hyacinthe Gaulois. âOur players have been so resilient,â said GagnÃ©. âIt was amazing how hard they worked on the ice but also off the ice at school. It was really important to have this recognition of their efforts.
Just out of the virtual gala came the draft of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (LHJMQ) where, thanks to scouts who were able to see the players in training mode, the LHM18AAAQ benefited from a healthy draft of its players.
By the end of the 14 rounds, 96 players had been selected into the league. This is an increase from the previous two Q projects, as 83 were selected in 2019 and 87 in the 2020 draft. In the first round, 14 of the 29 selections were from the LHM18AAAQ and 63 percent were from the league. during the first five selection rounds. âDespite a season without games played, the QU18AAAHL and its teams continue to excel in the development of its athletes,â he said. âWe are proud of our players and our teams with these results. The players’ resilience, determination and character made them stand out among recruiters and they are now reaping the rewards. The development of our players is our priority and we will always continue to work in this direction. “
Now the focus is on training camps and a regular season as a new chapter under a new brand will be written by the Quebec U18 AAA Hockey Development League. The schedule is out and September 3 is targeted as the opening night.