The Halifax Mooseheads won the Memorial Cup last weekend, becoming the third straight QMJHL team to win the championship, following the Saint John Sea Dogs and Shawinigan Cataractes.
Since the CHL adopted the Memorial Cup tournament format in 1972, QMJHL teams have won 10 times, trailing the WHL with 18 and the OHL with 14.
But of all the teams to win the junior championship, the Junior Canadiens from 1969 and 1970 might have been the best. Thirteen players from the Junior Canadiens teams that won back-to-back Memorial Cups in 1969 and 1970 went on to play in the NHL.
At the 1969 NHL draft, the Canadiens took Junior Canadiens teammates Rejean Houle (above, right) and Marc Tardif (above, left) with the No. 1 and No. 2 overall picks. The Junior Canadiens’ Gilbert Perreault (above, centre) was the No. 1 overall pick by the Buffalo Sabres at the 1970 NHL draft.
On Thursday, the Canadiens signed forward Tim Bozon to a three-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.
In 69 games with the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers in 2012-13, Bozon posted 36-55-91 totals. He scored 14 of his goals on the power play and added two shorthanded tallies. Bozon also had 58 penalty minutes and led his team in plus/minus at plus-37.
The 19-year-old St. Louis native was selected in the third round (64th) overall by the Canadiens at the 2012 NHL entry draft.
The Canadian Press reported on Thursday that Seth Jones, Nate MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin, the top three prospects for this year’s draft, were signed to endorsement deals with Reebok-CCM Hockey.
In other junior news, the OHL’s Sarnia Sting fired Jacques Beaulieu as general manager and head coach.
“Effective immediately the ownership group of the Sarnia Sting has relieved Jacques Beaulieu of his duties as general manager and head coach,” Sting co-owner Rob Ciccarelli said on the team’s website. “The reasons for his dismissal are not related to the on-ice performance of our hockey club. As per the advice of our lawyers we cannot comment any further at this time.”
Beaulieu and his son, Canadiens prospect Nathan Beaulieu, have both been charged with two counts of assault following an altercation at a house party in April that followed a charity golf tournament. A June 11 court date has been set.
Jacques Beaulieu was nominated for the OHL coach of the year award this season after the Sting finished with a 35-28-1-4 record before being swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Plymouth Whalers.
(Gazette file photo)