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Timeline – 2000-01

Wildcats – Year five – 2000-01

In the cyclical world that is Major Junior Hockey, the Moncton Wildcats began the process of building for the future in their fifth year in the Q. In structuring a championship team the year before, key players and high draft picks was the price paid.  It would be two more long seasons before the Cats would return to the playoffs.

Only five of the previous year’s team would play in Moncton.  Jonathan Roy, after undergoing successful cancer treatment, returned just before midseason. In talking of his battle with cancer and his return to hockey, Roy said, “I could not have come back for the 2000-2001 season without the support of my family, the fans and of course Mr. Irving.  The Moncton Wildcats organization was great with me and I will never forget them.”

Trevor Ettinger, Ian Seguin, Patrick Yetman and Olivier Dubuc were the other returnees.  Yetman had an outstanding year leading the Cats in scoring with 101 points in 71 games.  Roy was a distant second with 58 points but played only 45 contests.

The three year contract held by coach Réal Paiement was not renewed.  Tom Coolen became the new head coach and Darrell Young the director of hockey operations.  Both had extensive experience in the university college ranks.

In an effort to boost the team’s fortunes, Coolen and Young went to the free agent market.  Picked up were goaltender Bill Ruggiero, he was joined by defencemen, Scott O’Connor, Dion Hyman, Dallas Beaton and Marc Higginbotham.  To bolster the offence, Collin Circelli, A.J. Howe, Bobby Naylor, Mike Smith and P.J. Lynch were added to the lineup.

rWith the mid-season trading period, Moncton went for youth as the re-building process continued.  They obtained Alma native James Sanford, Simon St. Pierre and Teddy Kyres from Victoriaville, then sent enforcer and fan favorite, Trevor Ettinger to the Shawinigan Cataractes for a first round draft pick, Justin Roy and Maxime Desruisseaux.  Also coming to the Wildcats were Francois Caron and Daniel Hudgin.  These moves would have an impact on the team of the future.

Draft picks also helped mold the development effort.  Matt Davis, a goaltender from Harvey was joined by forwards Michel Dubé, David Philpott, Matthew Seymour, Mikhail Deev, Stephen Knowles, along with defenceman Julien Lavoie.

Head scout Peter Nevin, a veteran member of the organization termed the year as being the equivalent of having an expansion team.  “When you’re starting over, it takes three years to restructure and rebuild in order to have a highly competitive team.”   

Heading into the Christmas break, the Wildcats were leading the Maritime Division but collapsed down the stretch going from first to last place, failing to win a point in their final 10 games.  They missed the playoffs by a single point.  In a pivotal game with the Titan, with the scored tied, Moncton was assessed a penalty.  With a mere 2 seconds remaining in the game, former Cat Simon Laliberté scored for Acadie-Bathurst, giving his team the win and eliminating the Wildcats from further competition. 

Team Photo


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TOP ROW: Dallas Beaton, Simon St-Pierre, Julien Lavoie, Michel Dube, Teddy Kyres, James Sanford, Matt Seymour, Mike Smith, Mikhail Deev.

MIDDLE ROW: Craig Roper (Equipment Manager), Peter Nevin (Head Scout), Aj Howe, Francois Caron, Justin Roy, Marc Higginbotham, Bob Naylor, Scott O’Connor, Ian Seguin, Dion Hyman, Darrell Young (Director-Hockey Operations), Jean Arsenault (Athletic Trainer).

BOTTOM ROW: Matthew Davis, Daniel Hudgin, Jonathan Roy, Christian LaRue (Asst. Coach), Olivier Dubuc, Tom Coolen (Head Coach), Patrick Yetman, Collin Cercelli, Bill Ruggiero.

 

 

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WILDCATS AWARD WINNERS
Most Valuable Player
Bill Ruggiero
Leading Scorer
Patrick Yetman
Rookie of the Year
Collin Circelli
Outstanding Athletic & Scholastic Performance
Daniel Hudgin
Most Improved Player
Patrick Yetman
Outstanding Defensive Defenseman
Scott O’Connor
Community Spirit Award
Jonathan Roy
Players Choice Award
Jonathan Roy

 

QMJHL Standings 2000-01

FRANK DILIO CONFERENCE – MARITIMES DIVISION
Team
GP
W
L
T
OTL
PTS
GF
GA
Halifax 72 32 24 10 6 80 235 253
Cape Breton 72 30 37 4 1 65 270 292
Acadie-Bathurst 72 29 38 4 1 63 239 281
Moncton 72 23 41 6 2 54 246 323
 
FRANK DILIO CONFERENCE – EAST DIVISION
Team
GP
W
L
T
OTL
PTS
GF
GA
Baie-Comeau 72 41 23 8 0 90 283 255
Quebec 72 22 36 9 5 58 225 303
Chicoutimi 72 22 39 10 1 55 242 313
Rimouski 72 25 43 2 2 54 268 328
 
ROBERT LEBEL CONFERENCE – WEST DIVISION
Team
GP
W
L
T
OTL
PTS
GF
GA
Val D’Or 72 46 17 7 2 101 369 235
Rouyn-Noranda 72 43 22 5 2 93 318 251
Hull 72 34 28 7 3 78 288 284
Montreal 72 24 35 7 6 61 249 310
 
ROBERT LEBEL CONFERENCE – CENTER DIVISION
Team
GP
W
L
T
OTL
PTS
GF
GA
Shawinigan 72 54 10 6 2 116 375 192
Victoriaville 72 45 21 3 3 96 341 269
Drummondville 72 31 30 5 6 73 246 267
Sherbrooke 72 28 37 4 3 63 245 274

 

2000 QMJHL Entry Draft

RD
RA
TM
Name
Birth date
Pos.
Last team
3
35
MON
Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau
1983/03/24
W
College C. Lemoyne
4
53
MON
Hughs Verpaelst
1984/02/07
G
Orford St. Francois
4
63
MON
Matthew Davis
1984/04/28
G
Fredericton
5
71
MON
Julien Lavoie
1984/06/01
D
Jonquiere
7
111
MON
Sebastien Hains
1983/04/12
D
St.-Foy
8
127
MON
Richard Leger
1983/11/28
D
Louis J. Robichaud
10
159
MON
Jeff McDowall
1984/05/14
C
Charlottetown
11
175
MON
Pierre-Luc Chenier
1983/04/20
W
Outaquais
12
191
MON
Bradley Calder
1983/04/26
W
Cape Breton West
13
199
MON
Joe Callahan

D
Boston College
13
207
MON
Ardell Hawley
1983/01/20
D
Cape Breton West
14
215
MON
Noah Welch
1982/08/26
D
St. Sebastian’s (USA)
14
223
MON
Matthew Seymour
1983/06/29
C
Fredericton
15
231
MON
Dave Simard
1983/05/11
C
Alma
15
239
MON
Adam Gear
1083/01/30
A
St. John’s

 

2000 CHL Import Draft

RA
TM
Name
Birth date
Pos.
Last team
19
MON
Johnny Oduya
1981/10/01
D
Hammarby (Sweden)
41
MON
Mikhail Deev
1982/02/25
W
Moscow CSKA (Russia)