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2008–09 QMJHL season

2008–09 QMJHL season

The 2008–09 QMJHL season was the 40th season of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). The regular season began on September 11, 2008, and ended on March 15, 2009. The 2008 ADT Canada Russia Challenge series, featuring Team QMJHL versus the Russian Selects, took place on November 17 and 19, 2008. Eighteen teams played 68 games each. The Drummondville Voltigeurs, who finished first overall in the regular season, went on to capture their first President's Cup vs. the Shawinigan Cataractes in a series they won 4–3.

Team Changes

  • The St. John's Fog Devils relocated to Verdun, Quebec, and are rename the Montreal Junior Hockey Club, and move from the Atlantic Division to the Telus West.
  • The league switch from 2 division to 4. All 6 Maritime teams play in the Atlantic Division and all Quebec teams and the Lewiston Maineiacs are split into 3 Divisions Telus East, Telus Central, Telus West.

Notable dates

  • June 20–21, 2008—27 QMJHL players were selected in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Regular season
  • November 17, 2008–Team QMJHL defeats the Russian Selects 5–3 in Game 1 of the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge held in Sydney, Nova Scotia.
  • November 19, 2008–Team QMJHL defeated by Russian Selects 4–3 in Game 2 of the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge held in Saint John, New Brunswick


Division Standings

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OTL = Overtime losses ; SL - Shootout losses ; GF = Goals for ; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points

Overall Standing

  • determines standings for the second round of the playoffs.

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OTL = Overtime losses ; SL - Shootout losses ; GF = Goals for ; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points

x - team clinched QMJHL Playoff spot

z - team has clinched division

Scoring leaders

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Leading goaltenders

Note: GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; SOL = Shootout losses ; GA = Goals against; SO = Total shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average


2008 QMJHL Entry Draft

First round
  1. Moncton Wildcats Brandon Gormley (D)
  2. Drummondville Voltigeurs Sean Couturier (C)
  3. Victoriaville Tigres Brandon Hynes (RW)
  4. Val-d'Or Foreurs Cedrick Henley (LW)
  5. Prince Edward Island Rocket Ben Duffy (F)
  6. Lewiston MAINEiacs Garrett Clarke (D)
  7. Shawinigan Cataractes Michaël Bournival (C/LW)
  8. Montréal Juniors Guillaume Asselin (RW)
  9. Lewiston MAINEiacs Michael Chaput (C)
  10. Québec Remparts Samuel Carrier (D)
  11. Acadie-Bathurst Titan Vincent Arseneau (LW)
  12. Cape Breton Screaming Eagles Logan Shaw (RW)
  13. Moncton Wildcats Louis Domingue (G)
  14. Lewiston MAINEiacs Étienne Brodeur (LW)
  15. Val-d'Or Foreurs Alex Noël (RW)
  16. Gatineau Olympiques Yoan Pinette (RW)
  17. Acadie-Bathurst Titan Stefan Fournier (RW)
  18. Drummondville Voltigeurs Jérôme Gauthier-Leduc (D)

2008 NHL Entry Draft

In total, 27 QMJHL players were selected at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.



QMJHL Playoffs


First round

Division Telus Centre

Division Telus Est

Division Atlantique

Division Telus Ouest



QMJHL Championship

Collection James Bond 007

Canada Russia Challenge

The ADT Canada Russia Challenge is a six-game series featuring four teams: three from the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) versus Russia's National Junior hockey team. Within the Canadian Hockey League umbrella, one team from each of its three leagues — the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and Western Hockey League — compete in two games against the Russian junior team.

The ADT Canada Russia Challenge has become a highlight on the CHL schedule and we are very proud to be associated with it.
These two nations have such a storied hockey history that fans from across the country tune in expecting to see a hard fought series.
We expect nothing short of world class hockey this November that hockey fans from across the country won't want to miss.

The 2008 ADT Canada Russia Challenge was held in six cities across Canada, with two cities for each league within the Canadian Hockey League. The series began on November 17, 2008, and concluded on November 27, 2008. All six games were televised nationally on Rogers Sportsnet, along with RDS televising both games from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.


In the first game of the two part series between Team QMJHL and the Russian Selects, Team QMJHL scored five goals en route to a 5–3 win in front of 4,378 fans at Centre 200 in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Kmitri Kugryshev of the Russian Selects and goaltender Olivier Roy of Team QMJHL were named the ADT Players of the Game for their respective teams. The Russian Selects evened the ADT Canada Russia Challenge, winning the second game after having registered four goals in a 4–3 victory in front of a sellout crowd of 6,451 assembled at Harbour Station in Saint John, New Brunswick.

Memorial Cup

The 91st MasterCard Memorial Cup was held in Rimouski, Quebec.

All-star teams

First team
  • Goaltender - Nicola Riopel, Moncton Wildcats
  • Defence - Dmitri Kulikov, Drummondville Voltigeurs & Marc-André Bourdon, Rimouski Océanic
  • Left winger - Mike Hoffman, Drummondville Voltigeurs
  • Centreman - Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll, Shawinigan Cataractes
  • Right winger - Yannick Riendeau, Drummondville Voltigeurs
Second team
  • Goaltender - Charles Lavigne, Quebec Remparts
  • Defence - Charles-Olivier Roussel, Shawinigan Cataractes & Sébastien Piché, Rimouski Océanic
  • Left winger - Paul Byron, Gatineau Olympiques
  • Centreman - Dany Massé, Drummondville Voltigeurs
  • Right winger - Nicholas Petersen, Shawinigan Cataractes
Rookie team
  • Goaltender - Christopher Holden, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
  • Defence - Dmitri Kulikov, Drummondville Voltigeurs & Brandon Gormley, Moncton Wildcats
  • Left winger - Sergey Ostapchuk, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
  • Centreman - Ben Duffy, P.E.I. Rocket
  • Right winger - Dmitri Kugryshev, Quebec Remparts

Trophies and awards

  • President's Cup - Playoff Champions: Drummondville Voltigeurs
  • Jean Rougeau Trophy - Regular Season Champions: Drummondville Voltigeurs
  • Luc Robitaille Trophy - Team that scored the most goals: Drummondville Voltigeurs
  • Robert Lebel Trophy - Team with best GAA: Moncton Wildcats
  • Michel Brière Memorial Trophy - Most Valuable Player: Nicola Riopel, Moncton Wildcats
  • Jean Béliveau Trophy - Top Scorer: Yannick Riendeau, Drummondville Voltigeurs
  • Guy Lafleur Trophy - Playoff MVP : Yannick Riendeau, Drummondville Voltigeurs
  • Jacques Plante Memorial Trophy - Best GAA: Nicola Riopel, Moncton Wildcats
  • Guy Carbonneau Trophy - Best Defensive Forward: Jean-Philip Chabot, Gatineau Olympiques
  • Emile Bouchard Trophy - Defenceman of the Year: Dmitri Kulikov, Drummondville Voltigeurs
  • Kevin Lowe Trophy - Best Defensive Defenceman: Maxime Ouimet, Rimouski Oceanic
  • Mike Bossy Trophy - Best Pro Prospect: Dmitri Kulikov, Drummondville Voltigeurs
  • RDS Cup - Rookie of the Year: Dmitri Kulikov, Drummondville Voltigeurs
  • Michel Bergeron Trophy - Offensive Rookie of the Year: Dmitri Kugryshev, Quebec Remparts
  • Raymond Lagacé Trophy - Defensive Rookie of the Year: Dmitri Kulikov, Drummondville Voltigeurs
  • Frank J. Selke Memorial Trophy - Most sportsmanlike player: Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll, Shawinigan Cataractes
  • QMJHL Humanitarian of the Year - Humanitarian of the Year: Matthew Pistilli, Shawinigan Cataractes
  • Marcel Robert Trophy - Best Scholastic Player: Payton Liske, Saint John Sea Dogs
  • Paul Dumont Trophy - Personality of the Year: Guy Boucher, Drummondville Voltigeurs
  • Ron Lapointe Trophy - Coach of the Year: Danny Flynn, Moncton Wildcats
  • Maurice Filion Trophy - General Manager of the Year: Dominic Ricard, Drummondville Voltigeurs
  • John Horman Trophy - Executive of the Year: Louis Painchaud, Quebec Remparts
  • Jean Sawyer Trophy - Marketing Director of the Year: Sylvie Fortier, Drummondville Voltigeurs

See also

  • 2009 Memorial Cup
  • List of QMJHL seasons
  • 2008–09 OHL season
  • 2008–09 WHL season
  • 2008 NHL Entry Draft
  • 2008 in ice hockey
  • 2009 in ice hockey


External links

  • Official QMJHL website
  • Official CHL website
  • Official website of the MasterCard Memorial Cup
  • Official website of the Home Hardware Top Prospects Game
  • Official website of the ADT Canada Russia Challenge

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