27 HNS Players participating in QMJHL Playoffs
Mar. 28, 2013
NOVA SCOTIA PROUDLY REPRESENTED IN QMJHL PLAYOFFS
Dartmouth – 26 March 2013
With the puck dropped on the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) 2012-13 playoffs, Hockey Nova Scotia would like to congratulate all of the Nova Scotians representing our province on the ice this spring.
In all, 27 graduates of Nova Scotia’s minor hockey system are taking part in this year’s QMJHL spring season. Many of these players have played for Hockey Nova Scotia’s U-16 team, participated in our high performance camps and represented our province at the Canada Winter Games.
Nova Scotia is well-represented on the roster of the QMJHL’s best regular season team. The Halifax Mooseheads boast six Nova Scotia-born players on their roster including forwards Nathan MacKinnon (Cole Harbour), Stephen MacAulay (Cole Harbour) and Ryan Falkenham (Halifax). On the back end are defencemen Brendan Duke (Halifax) and Brennan Bailey (Lunenburg). Backing up Zach Fucale between the pipes is Chris Clarke (Halifax).
The Mooseheads currently lead the Saint John Sea Dogs 2-0 in their best of 7 series. The Sea Dogs have two Bluenosers on their roster in left winger Matthew Highmore (Halifax) and defenceman Ian Saab (Halifax).
The Acadie-Bathurst Titan have four Nova Scotians on their club: Centreman Adam Stevens (Halifax) and left winger Robert Davis (Truro) up front and Mason McDonald (Halifax) and Jacob Brennan (Halifax) between the pipes.
The Titan are down 2-0 against the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada where Gander-born, HRM-raised Aaron Hoyles is playing on the point.
The Rimouski Oceanic, who find themselves tied 1-1 with the Gatineau Olympiques in first round play, have a Bluenoser on defence in Casey Babineau (Truro). He’s facing off against fellow Nova Scotians Kelly Bent (Halifax) and Taylor Burke (Halifax) who are forwards on the Olympiques roster.
The Quebec Remparts are knotted up 1-1 in their series against the Chicoutimi Sagueneens. Logan Shaw (Glace Bay) and Brent Turnbull (Stellarton) are playing up front for the Remparts.
The Moncton Wildcats have a pair of Nova Scotia-born forwards on their squad in left winger Mark Tremaine (Dartmouth) and centre Ryan Penny (Fall River). The Cats are tied 1-1 in their series with the Victoriaville Tigres who have defenceman Mark Trickett (Baddeck) and goaltender Brandon Whitney (Kentville) on their roster.
QMJHL regular season top scorer Ben Duffy (Lower Sackville) and defenceman Ryan Graves (Yarmouth) are helping the PEI Rocket battle to a 1-1 series tie with the Val-d’Or Foreurs.
Halifax’s Liam O’Brien is playing on left wing for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies who currently lead the Drummondville Voltigeurs 2-0 in their opening round series.
Finally, goaltender Jack Flinn (Halifax) is a member of a Sherbrooke Phoenix club that currently trails the Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2-0.
Hockey Nova Scotia would like to wish the best of luck to all of these players and thank them for setting an excellent example for our next generation of great minor hockey players.