Québec Remparts Present Their Line up for the 2012-2013 Season

Québec Remparts Present Their Line up for the 2012-2013 Season

RempartsFanClubArticle and photos by Job Patstone

Thursday, Sept 13th was the official launch of the 2012-2013 Junior hockey league’s Season for the Québec Remparts, but don’t be fooled by the word “junior”. “Les Remparts” belong to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, more commonly known in the immediate area as the LHJMQ, which includes teams from the provinces of Quebec, NB, NS, and PE.

There are seventeen teams in all.

Mikhail_Grigorenko_Remparts2012The league consists of three divisions, the other two being the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and the Western Hockey League (WHL) all of which play for the finals under the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) banner for the honour of winning the Memorial Cup.

Some of this league’s players have become great NHL hockey stars, names like Guy Lafleur, Simon Gagné, and Sidney Crosby among others, come to mind.

Les Remparts were ‘recreated’ in 1997 after an absence from the hockey scene since 1985. Some local businessmen bought the name and its rights to the league to restart the new Remparts and ever since, they have broken attendance records throughout their existence compared to the other teams.

Their coach and part owner is non-other than Patrick Roy who grew up right here in Quebec City and who was one of “Le Canadiens” best goalies for many seasons. Les Remparts won the precious Memorial Cup for the 2005-2006 Season and Patrick and the team want it back, badly.

The average age for a player is 18/19 years old and each one is looking for a lucrative NHL contract, which makes these games exciting and aggressive as each player wants to show the watching scouts that he is the best man for the job.

Players have been drafted from all over the globe coming from countries like Canada, USA, France and even Russia and this year’s no different.

The players were introduced one by one and arrived on stage with their jerseys ready to sign autographs for the approximately 300 people who had been waiting in line for at least an hour before the show.

The mascot “Champion” a “junior” polar bear warmed up the crowd to some intro music supplied by a local radio station.

Players like Nick Sorenson #94 from Sweden and Adam Erne #73 from Connecticut were anxious to get back on the ice to strut their stuff and win some games. Both players were in their second year with the Remparts.

There was obviously a favorite player wearing number 25 for whom the crowd broke into a loud cheer for and called out his name even if it was hard to pronounce.

Mikhail Grigorenko from Russia is one of the team’s more aggressive players and will be watched very closely by his fans and the scouts.

When I questioned Patrick Roy about his team being able to win the Memorial Cup this year he answered with, “Well we have a really good team and if we play as well as last year we’ll certainly be in the playoffs”, so I think we can expect some great hockey from these rising stars.

Tickets are $15 for adults with special prices for students and golden agers.

So this coming season, the Colisée Pepsi is the place to be for your chance to witness some great hockey in an arena that once hosted the NHL.

To find out more about the Remparts and their schedule check out, www.remparts.ca.

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Job Patstone

Job Patstone was born in Hamilton, ON. and has lived in Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer AB. He is presently living in Quebec City, with his wife. He worked for Xerox for 26 years and was an ESL teacher for another ten.

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