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Blazers and Fighting Irish are back on the rugby pitch

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Photo: Luc Lang

Spring has arrived, and for local high schools, that marks the start of the rugby season. St. Patrick’s and Quebec high schools have teams in rugby sevens and rugby tens.

Four Rouge et Or football players selected in the CFL Draft

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Photo: courtesy of Université Laval

The Canadian Football League held its annual draft on May 3. Only Canadian students playing in the U Sports League in Canada, the NCAA in the United States or the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) are eligible. No American players can be drafted.

Champlain-St. Lawrence honours its student athletes

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Photo: courtesy of CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence

On May 3, CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence (SLC) held its annual Sports Banquet to honour the year’s high-achieving student athletes.

Patrick Roy returns as Remparts GM and head coach

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Photo: courtesy of the Québec Remparts

It was probably the worst-kept secret in junior hockey… but it was the news the Quebec Remparts organization, players and fans wanted to hear.

Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy signed a two-year contract to return as general manager and head coach of the Remparts. He had been coach of the Remparts from 2005-2012 and the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche from 2013-2016.

The 2018 Capitales season is just around the corner

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Fans of baseball in Quebec City are no doubt looking forward to the opening game of the season on May 17. I know I am. I’m no superfan, but the Québec Capitales are growing on me.

Local Sports briefs

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Photo: Steve Codovius - QMJHL

The Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) are still searching for their next general manager and head coach. Team president Jacques Tanguay met last week with former Remparts GM and head coach Patrick Roy. However, the former Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche goalie does not seem to be ready to make a decision yet.

Free skating for a good cause at the Vidéotron Centre

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Photo: courtesy of Opération Enfant Soleil

Residents of the greater Quebec City area will have the chance to skate for the first time on the ice of the Vidéotron Centre on April 29.

The day of skating sessions will be held to support Jérémy Plourde, a courageous 15-year-old who suffers from an immune deficiency and neuromuscular disease. His goal is to raise $100,000 for Opération Enfant Soleil.

Former major leaguer joins Capitales

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Photo: Joel Truchon from Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

With just over a month to go before the Can-Am League baseball season begins, the Capitales have gotten their hands on some major league talent. Former Chicago Cub Josh Vitters will be roaming third base at the Stade Canac. Vitters was selected third overall at the 2007 Major League Baseball draft.

Pelletier and Betts named Rouge et Or 2018 athletes of the year

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The sports excellency program of Université Laval honoured its best 2017-18 student athletes at the 67th Gala Rouge et Or on April 12. In all, over 450 students play on Rouge et Or sports teams.

Rugby player Justine Pelletier and football player Mathieu Betts were named the top female and male athletes for 2017-18.

Coaching changes ahead for the Quebec Remparts

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The Quebec Remparts, eliminated from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s first round of playoffs in seven games by the Charlottetown Islanders, now have to go hunting for a new general manager and head coach.