Defeat will be hard to take in Gatineau. It’s been a long time since we had our eyes on 2023 for the President’s Cup in a brand-new amphitheatre. A fan throws his jersey on the ice. Two fights break out in the last minute.
– Anthony Marcotte (@anthonymarcotte) May 4, 2023
We thought the QMJHL series pitting the Gatineau Olympiques against the Quebec Remparts was going to be very close. But it wasn’t at all.
Coming from Gatineau, I can speak for the fans, they were very optimistic about this series. Not only had Louis Robitaille’s troupe finished the year in the lion’s den, but they’d dominated the playoffs so far.
For the first time in a very long time, the ‘Piques had a chance of winning the President’s Cup and reaching the Memorial Cup tournament.
It was a record-breaking year for them, which quickly turned into a nightmare. Many of their best players will be leaving next year, including Canadian prospect Riley Kidney. At 20, it’s safe to say his junior days are well and truly over; he’s proven that he’s far too strong for this league.
In 29 games in the Outaouais, Kidney collected 65 points. He finished his 2022-2023 regular season with 110 points in 60 games. In 218 junior games with the Acadie-Bathurst Titans and Olympiques, the CH’s former second-round pick in 2021 collected 281 points. Not bad at all.
A year ago almost to the day, the left-hander signed his NHL entry contract. He’s likely to start next season with the Rocket, in Laval.
Yes, Gatineau will have a very different team…
As for Kidney, he’ll potentially be a very interesting addition to the Rocket. We’ll be keeping a close eye on his performance under Jean-François, who is a highly-regarded prospect on the Tricolore’s roster.
– Good news.
As promised this am, Stone/McNabb/Theodore all taking warmup for LV
– Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) May 4, 2023
– Ah well.
Rumors of new @NHLFlames coach ?🔥
“I was never hired when my name came up in the media”
Guy Boucher in studio with @LangloisMario
– 98,5 Sports (@985Sports) May 4, 2023
🇮🇷Fatemeh Esmaeili, have yourself a night 👏
The Iranian forward dropped 9 (NINE!!) goals and 3 assists as Iran dismantled Kyrgyzstan 26-0 at the 2023 IIHF Women’s Asia and Oceania Championship!
Esmaeili scored her 9 goals on 9 shots and was a +12. pic.twitter.com/GPnbRUVnnt
– Field hockey Worldwide (@H0ckeyWorldwide) May 3, 2023