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Spence, Pelletier & Rodrigue named to QMJHL roster for 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series

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The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, in association with the Canadian Hockey League, the Saint John Sea Dogs, the Moncton Wildcats and Hockey Canada, announced today its roster which will compete against Team Russia as part of the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series.

The Sea Dogs will play host to game one of the series, which will be held in Saint John on Monday, November 4, while the Wildcats will host the second game of the series on Tuesday, November 5. Thereafter, the Ontario Hockey League is set to host Games 3 and 4, while the Western Hockey League will welcome the final games of the 2019 series. All six games will be nationally broadcasted on both Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

Hockey fans in New Brunswick will have the opportunity to see plenty of high-end NHL prospects including a few players who were selected during last June’s NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver. Team QMJHL will feature several players chosen in the first two rounds including Samuel Poulin (Pittsburgh, 1-21), Jakob Pelletier (Calgary, 1-26), Raphaël Lavoie (Edmonton, 2-38) and Samuel Bolduc (New York-I, 2-57). They will join 2018 NHL draft picks Jared McIsaac (Detroit, 2-36), Benoit-Olivier Groulx (Anaheim, 2-54), Gabriel Fortier (Tampa Bay, 2-59), Olivier Rodrigue (Edmonton, 2-62), Alexis Gravel (Chicago, 6-162), Mathias Laferrière (St. Louis, 6-169) and Xavier Bouchard (Vegas, 6-185) in Saint John and Moncton.

Furthermore, fans will get a glimpse at the crop of 2020 NHL draft eligible players as Alexis Lafrenière (Rimouski), Justin Barron (Halifax), Jérémie Poirier (Saint John), Hendrix Lapierre (Chicoutimi) and Dawson Mercer (Drummondville) cracked Team QMJHL’s roster.

The three CHL regional leagues created committees which worked closely with Hockey Canada to select the final rosters. Our roster announcement is part of a CHL wide announcement of all three competing teams for the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series games to be played from November 4-14.

Here is the QMJHL lineup ahead of the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series:


GOALTENDERS

Gravel, Alexis (Halifax)
Rodrigue, Olivier (Moncton)

DEFENSEMEN

Barron, Justin (Halifax)
Bergeron, Justin (Rouyn-Noranda)
Bolduc, Samuel (Blainville-Boisbriand)
Bouchard, Xavier (Baie-Comeau)
Cormier, Lukas (Charlottetown)
Guenette, Maxence (Val-d’Or)
McIsaac, Jared (Halifax)
Poirier, Jérémie (Saint John)
Spence, Jordan (Moncton)

FORWARDS

Beaucage, Alex (Rouyn-Noranda)
Bourque, Mavrik (Shawinigan)
Element, Shawn (Acadie-Bathurst)
Fortier, Gabriel (Baie-Comeau)
Groulx, Benoit-Olivier (Halifax)
Laferrière, Mathias (Cape Breton)
Lafrenière, Alexis (Rimouski)
Lapierre, Hendrix (Chicoutimi)
Lavoie, Raphaël (Halifax)
Légaré, Nathan (Baie-Comeau)
Mercer, Dawson (Drummondville)
Pelletier, Jakob (Moncton)
Poulin, Samuel (Sherbrooke)
Simoneau, Xavier (Drummondville)

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Canadian National Junior Team staff will be at the forefront of the CIBC Canada Russia Series led by head coach Dale Hunter who will get a firsthand look at all of the CHL’s World Junior hopefuls. Hunter will travel from coast-to-coast for all six games beginning in Saint John and Moncton, where he’ll serve as head coach for Team QMJHL.

Hunter will be supported behind the bench by Sea Dogs head coach Josh Dixon and by Tigres head coach Louis Robitaille.

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2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series Schedule:
Game 1 – Monday November 4 at Saint John, NB
Game 2 – Tuesday November 5 at Moncton, NB
Game 3 – Thursday November 7 at Kitchener, ON
Game 4 – Monday November 11 at London, ON
Game 5 – Wednesday November 13 at Saskatoon, SK
Game 6 – Thursday November 14 at Prince Albert, SK

For more information and to purchase tickets to these games, please visit http://chlcanadarussia.ca.

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