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Riley Kidney’s season in Gatineau is over

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.

In fact, the Remparts just swept the series 4-0 with a 3-1 victory in Game 4. Needless to say, the players and fans were understandably disappointed.

One fan even threw a sweater on the ice.

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.

Tristan Luneau and Noah Warren are other Olympiques players who could make the jump to the pros next year.

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.

Another promising QMJHL prospect, Joshua Roy, is still alive. The member of the Sherbrooke Phoenix, who is also in his final moments in junior, and his team are currently leading their series against the Halifax Moosheads 2-1. Could a series against Quebec City, which has yet to lose a game in the playoffs, be on the cards in the final?

Breaking news

– Good news.

– Ah well.

– Dominant.

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