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Pride of a province
Who makes the all-Quebec all-star team at Canada’s National Midget Championship?
David Brien
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April 20, 2015
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As Canada’s National Midget Championship returns to Quebec for just the eighth time in the tournament’s 42 years, it provides an opportunity to take a look back at some of the players who have helped Quebec reach unprecedented levels of success.

After all, no province has appeared in more gold medals games than Quebec (23), its gold medal total (12) is second to only the 14 won by Saskatchewan, and a Quebec team has appeared in the semifinals at each of the last 26 national championships, winning 23 medals.

So who are the best players to represent Quebec at Canada’s National Midget Championship?

The 20 all-stars were selected with the help of two men with close to 70 years of combined service to Quebec hockey: Jos Canale, the long-time coach and technical director of the LHMAAAQ, and Camille Baccanale, the LHMAAAQ’s historian.

They’ve compiled a roster that includes two Hockey Hall of Fame inductees, 13 Stanley Cups and 22 Team Canada appearances, among countless other individual and team accolades.

THE LINE-UP

GOALTENDERS

Patrick Roy

Stéphane Fiset

 

DEFENCE

Kris Letang

Philippe Boucher

Sylvain Côté

Michel Petit

Bobby Dollas

David Savard

 

FORWARDS

Simon Gagné

Denis Savard

Steve Bernier

Jonathan Drouin

Daniel Brière

Randy McKay

René Corbet

Torrey Mitchell

Guillaume Latendresse

Patrick Poulin

Benoit Brunet

Francis Paré

GOALTENDERS

STÉPHANE FISET
Riverains du Richelieu, 1987 (gold medal)

CANALE SAYS: Much like Roy, Fiset was bombarded in his LHMAAAQ days. Although he did not have the wins to back-up his performance, Fiset was known for his puck-stopping reliability and mental strength.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 390 NHL games | QUE, LA, MTL | 164-153-44, 3.07 GAA, .899 SV%, 16 SO | Stanley Cup (1996) | CHL Goaltender of the Year (1989) | QMJHL First All-Star Team (1989) | IIHF World Championship (1994) | IIHF World Junior Championship (1989, 1990) | Top Goaltender – IIHF World Junior Championship (1990) | All-Star Team – IIHF World Junior Championship (1990)

PATRICK ROY
Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy, 1982 (silver medal)

BACCANALE SAYS: Roy was the reason Ste-Foy reached the Air Canada Cup final, establishing LHMAAAQ league records for most regular season wins and ties with a 27-3-10 record, despite facing more shots than any other goaltender.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Hockey Hall of Fame (2006) | 1,029 NHL games | MTL, COL | 551-315-131, 2.54 GAA, .912 SV%, 66 SO | Stanley Cup (1986, 1993, 1996, 2001) | Conn Smythe Trophy (1986, 1993, 2001) | Vezina Trophy (1989, 1990, 1992) | 11-time NHL All-Star | NHL First All-Star Team (1989 1990, 1992, 2002) | NHL Second All-Star Team (1988, 1991) | NHL All-Rookie Team (1986) | Calder Cup (1985) | Olympic Winter Games (1998)

DEFENCE

PHILIPPE BOUCHER
Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy, 1990 (silver medal)

CANALE SAYS: An offensive defenseman who could shoot the puck. Boucher was a hard worker, constantly looking to improve. His 1.83 points per game in the regular season and 2.08 in the playoffs highlights his offensive prowess.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 748 NHL games | BUF, LAK, DAL, PIT | 94G 206A 300P | Stanley Cup (2009) | One-time NHL All-Star | QMJHL Second All-Star Team (1991, 1992) | QMJHL Defensive Rookie of the Year (1991)

SYLVAIN CÔTÉ
Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy, 1982 (silver medal)
Top Defenceman – 1982 Air Canada Cup

BACCANALE SAYS: The only reason Côté was never named top defenceman in the LHMAAAQ is because the award didn’t exist; he was that good. He had tremendous vision that allowed his to see and make plays that other players could not.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 1,171 NHL games | HFD, WSH, TOR, CHI, DAL | 122G 313A 435P | QMJHL championship (1986) | World Cup of Hockey (1996) | IIHF World Junior Championship (1984, 1986) | All-Star Team – IIHF World Junior Championship (1986)

BOBBY DOLLAS
Lions du Lac St-Louis, 1991 (bronze medal)

BACCANALE SAYS: Dollas had a very high hockey IQ and could as easily contribute offensively as he could defensively. A big-bodied player, he punished his opponents with heavy body-checks.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 646 NHL games | WPG, QUE, DET, ANA, EDM, PIT, CGY, OTT, SJS | 42G 96A 138P | Calder Cup (1985, 1992) | QMJHL championship (1984) | IIHF World Championship (1994) | IIHF World Junior Championship (1985) | All-Star Team – IIHF World Junior Championship (1985)

KRIS LETANG
Gaulois du College Antoine-Girouard, 2003 (silver medal)

BACCANALE SAYS: Letang logged an incredible amount of minutes and was a dominant force on the blue-line. A fast-skating and puck-moving defenseman, he had a skill set that resembled one of a forward.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 491 NHL games | PIT | 66G 219A 285P | Stanley Cup (2009) | Two-time NHL All-Star | NHL Second All-Star Team (2013) | QMJHL Defenceman of the Year (2007) | QMJHL Top Defensive Defenceman (2007) | QMJHL First All-Star Team (2006, 2007) | CHL All-Rookie Team (2005) | QMJHL All-Rookie Team (2005) | IIHF World Junior Championship (2006, 2007) | IIHF World U18 Championship (2005)

MICHEL PETIT
Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy, 1980 (silver medal)

BACCANALE SAYS: Petit was an exceptional defenseman and was considered a game-changer. He showed outstanding poise, to the point where he seemed more comfortable with than without the puck.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 827 NHL games | VAN, NYR, QUE, TOR, CGY, LAK, TBL, EDM, PHI, PHX | 90G 238A 328P | QMJHL championship (1983) | QMJHL Defensive Rookie of the Year (1982) | IIHF World Championship (1990)

DAVID SAVARD
Blizzard du Séminaire Saint-François, 2007 (bronze medal)

CANALE SAYS: A stay-at-home defenseman with a great shot, Savard would always position himself well on the ice and used his body to his advantage, giving him very good one-on-one skills.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 185 NHL games | CBJ | 18G 40A 58P | QMJHL championship (2010) | CHL Defenceman of the Year (2010) | QMJHL Defenceman of the Year (2010) | QMJHL Top Defensive Defenceman (2010) | QMJHL First All-Star Team (2010)

FORWARDS

STEVE BERNIER
Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy, 2001 (gold medal)
Most Valuable Player – 2001 Air Canada Cup

BACCANALE SAYS: Bernier’s size helped the Air Canada Cup MVP dominate defenceman along the boards and he showed leadership playing on an all-15-year-old line with Marc-Antoine Pouliot and Dany Roussin.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 608 NHL games | SJS, BUF, VAN, FLA, NJD | 104G 120A 224P | CHL Second All-Star Team (2003) | QMJHL Second All-Star Team (2003, 2004) | QMJHL All-Rookie Team (2002) | IIHF World U18 Championship (2003)

DANIEL BRIÈRE
Intrépide de Gatineau, 1994 (bronze medal)
Top Forward – 1994 Air Canada Cup

BACCANALE SAYS: The runaway regular season scoring leader, top scorer in the playoffs and top scorer at the Air Canada Cup (in a Top Forward performance); Brière was, quite simply, a magician with the puck.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 972 NHL games | PHX, BUF, PHI, MTL, COL | 307G 389A 696P | Two-time NHL All-Star | AHL Rookie of the Year (1998) | AHL First All-Star Team (1998) | QMJHL Scoring Champion (1996) | QMJHL Second All-Star Team (1996, 1997) | QMJHL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1995) | QMJHL All-Rookie Team (1995) | IIHF World Championship (2003, 2004) | IIHF World Junior Championship (1997)

BENOIT BRUNET
Lions du Lac St-Louis, 1985 (gold medal)

BACCANALE SAYS: It seemed like he lived for big occasions and was always clutch. Brunet had a knack for finding the back of the net and made the most of his opportunities.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 529 NHL games | MTL, DAL, OTT | 101G 161A 262P | Stanley Cup (1993) | AHL First All-Star Team (1989) | QMJHL championship (1986, 1988) | QMJHL Second All-Star Team (1987)

RENÉ CORBET
Riverains du Richelieu, 1990 (gold medal)
Most Valuable Player – 1990 Air Canada Cup

BACCANALE SAYS: An impact player on every shift, the Air Canada Cup MVP was loved by his teammates because he was as good a passer as he was a scorer; he averaged close to three points a game in the LHMAAAQ.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 362 NHL games | QUE, COL, CGY, PIT | 58G 74A 132P | Stanley Cup (1996) | AHL Rookie of the Year (1994) | QMJHL Scoring Champion (1993) | QMJHL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1991) | CHL First All-Star Team (1993) | QMJHL First All-Star Team (1993) | QMJHL All-Rookie Team (1991)

JONATHAN DROUIN
Lions du Lac St-Louis, 2011 (bronze medal)

CANALE SAYS: A tremendous goal-scoring playmaker with blazing speed and above-average skill, Drouin had the ability to set-up his teammates or finish plays on his own, depending on the situation.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 70 NHL games | TBL | 4G 28A 32P | Memorial Cup (2013) | QMJHL championship (2013) | CHL Player of the Year (2013) | QMJHL MVP (2013) | QMJHL Playoff MVP (2013) | QMJHL First All-Star Team (2013) | IIHF World Junior Championship (2013)

SIMON GAGNÉ
Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy, 1996 (gold medal)

BACCANALE SAYS: Despite being just 15 years old, you could tell Gagné was very special; he had soft hands, and a super precise, powerful wrist shot. He was something special, even then.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 822 NHL games | PHI, TBL, LAK, BOS | 291G 310A 601P | Stanley Cup (2012) | Two-time NHL All-Star | NHL All-Rookie Team (2000) | QMJHL Second All-Star Team (1999) | Olympic Winter Games (2002, 2006) | IIHF World Championship (2005) | World Cup of Hockey (2004) | IIHF World Junior Championship (1999)

GUILLAUME LATENDRESSE
Riverains du College Charles-Lemoyne, 2002 (bronze medal)

BACCANALE SAYS: Latendresse played with an edge as a big-bodied power forward and he stuck up for his teammates, despite being 14 years old. He had good hands and could finish from anywhere around the net.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 341 NHL games | MTL, MIN, OTT | 87G 60A 147P | QMJHL All-Rookie Team (2004) | IIHF World Junior Championship (2006) | IIHF World U18 Championship (2005)

RANDY MCKAY
Lions du Lac St-Louis, 1984 (bronze medal)

CANALE SAYS: A true power forward, McKay was a tough and solid player who always found his way to the net. He was a stocky player who was very hard to knock off the puck.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 932 NHL games | DET, NJD, DAL, MTL | 162G 201A 363P | Stanley Cup (1995, 2000) | Calder Cup (1989)

TORREY MITCHELL
Riverains du College Charles-Lemoyne, 2002 (bronze medal)

BACCANALE SAYS: Always working to be the best on the ice and fighting for loose pucks, Mitchell was an incredible speedster with very high hockey sense and was amazing in the face-off circle.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 456 NHL games | SJS, MIN, BUF, MTL | 42G 63A 105P | ECAC All-Rookie Team (2005)

FRANCIS PARÉ
Riverains du College Charles-Lemoyne, 2004 (silver medal)
Most Valuable Player – 2004 National Midget Championship

BACCANALE SAYS: Known for his high-speed skating, Paré scored 67 goals in 53 games. He added another 11 in seven games at the National Midget Championship, good for Top Scorer and MVP awards.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Gagarin Cup (2014) | Calder Cup (2013) | QMJHL MVP (2008) | CHL Second All-Star Team (2008) | QMJHL First All-Star Team (2008)

PATRICK POULIN
Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy, 1989 (fourth place)

CANALE SAYS: Poulin was, without question, a power forward; he could hit, and he could score. He was a big graceful skater, a little like Jean Béliveau, but on the wing.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 634 NHL games | HFD, CHI, TBL, MTL | 101G 134A 235P | QMJHL Scoring Champion (1992) | QMJHL First All-Star Team (1992) | QMJHL All-Rookie Team (1990) | IIHF World Junior Championship (1992)

DENIS SAVARD
Verdun Leafs, 1975 (silver medal)

BACCANALE & CANALE SAY: A small and electrifying player, Savard had an endless amount of skill and was a tremendous leader. A tireless worker, he would always leave it all on the ice.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Hockey Hall of Fame (2000) | 1,196 NHL games | CHI, MTL, TBL | 473G 865A 1,338P | Stanley Cup (1993) | NHL Second All-Star Team (1983) | Nine-time NHL All-Star

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