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Sports season cancellations hurt St. Pat’s and QHS teams

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Photo: Luc Lang from the QCT archives

The Québec–Chaudière-Appalaches division of the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) has cancelled the 2020-2021 football and soccer seasons for the region’s high schools due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Lions’ soccer team blanked in season opener; golfers stay home

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Photo: Vincent-Jean Dubé - SLC

The CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence (SLC) men’s soccer team finally hit the pitch on Sept. 27 to start their shortened 2020 season in the Northeast division of the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ)

It’s a ‘no’ for province’s university sports this fall but a ‘go’ for CEGEPs, elementary and high schools

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Photo: SLC Lions Facebook page

The Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ), which regulates sports activities for the university, collegiate, elementary and high school sectors, confirmed on Sept. 14 that there will be no sports for any of the university teams across the province of Quebec. The RSEQ has agreed, however, that the sports seasons can go ahead for the collegiate and school sectors.

Lions’ Guillaume Dubois wins first RSEQ golf tournament

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Photo: Vincent-Jean Dubé - SLC

CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence’s Guillaume Dubois shot a round of 70 on Sept. 20 to win the first Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) golf tournament of the year.

Sports briefs: Tam back with Remparts, Auger-Aliassime on the courts

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Photo: KHL

Former Québec Remparts captain Mikaël Tam is back with the team but this time as an assistant coach. He completes head coach Patrick Roy’s coaching staff.

‘Mr. Basketball’ Ted Gunn recalls ‘great times’ at former YMCA

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Photo: George Ben from QCT archives

A recent story in the QCT about the opening of a new YMCA building in Quebec City stirred the memory of Ted Gunn, a well-known figure in the city’s anglophone community.

Gunn, the driving force, along with his wife Louise, in the preservation and celebration of the city’s Scottish heritage, also has a celebrated history with the YMCA in the town.

RSEQ and Quebec AAA Midget Hockey are back in action

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Photo: Jocelyn Gagné

The Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) and the Quebec AAA Midget Hockey League have been back in action since Sept. 14, when Premier François Legault confirmed the resumption of extracurricular activities.

Québec Remparts begin their 2020-2021 training camp

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Photo: Photo archives QMJHL

The Québec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) started their 2020-2021 training camp on Aug. 31 at the Videotron Centre.

In accordance with the guidelines of the provincial health authorities, the league has allowed all the teams to have a maximum of 34 players at their training camps.

Quebec women rugby players to play pro in France

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Photo: Photo archives U Laval

The quality of rugby players in la belle province is gaining worldwide attention as 15 Québécoise players will play professionally in France this coming season.

With the COVID-19 pandemic making it difficult to practise contact sports, including rugby, the Quebec women took a gamble to head overseas to play the sport they love.

Quebec City softball leagues in full swing

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Photo: Bardy League

COVID-19 has cancelled or postponed many things in our lives, including the activities of most sports leagues around the globe. It has affected not only the professional and minor league teams and adults who go to gyms to play basketball, badminton or floor hockey, but also the various amateur baseball and softball leagues.

Football Quebec gets the green light for a return to action in 2020

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Photo: Luc Lang

The provincial health authorities have given Football Quebec the green light to go ahead with the sport at different levels this coming fall.

U Sports has already decided to cancel the presentation of the 2020 Vanier Cup, along with all its fall national championships.

Hockey teams one step closer to playing this winter

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) got some great news when the provincial health authorities approved the league’s return-to-play plan. The only other obstacle for the league is the same approval from the Maritime provinces’ health authorities.

Gary Sheehan: coaching from Loretteville to Switzerland

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Photo: HC Ajoie

This is my first story about hockey for the QCT. At the same time, it’s a story about one of our own, Gary Sheehan, son of James (Dougie) Sheehan and Gisèle Gagnon of Loretteville.

Scalabrini takes over as manager of the Charlesbourg Alouettes

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Photo: Luc Lang

The winless Charlesbourg Alouettes of the Ligue de Baseball Junior Élite du Québec (LBJEQ) have hired the manager of the Québec Capitales, Patrick Scalabrini, to be at the helm of the team.

The hiring of Scalabrini came after the resignation of Frédéric Lajoie. In his first season as manager of the Alouettes, Lajoie, from Trois-Rivières, did not have one win in nine games.

City sports: Lauriane Genest going to Tokyo 2021 Olympics

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Photo: Bataillon Facebook page

Track cyclist Lauriane Genest of Lévis is one of eight athletes from the province of Quebec to make the Olympic team that will go to Tokyo, Japan, in 2021.

Diamants, Alouettes play to empty stadiums

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Photo: Christian Gingras-ISQ media

The Québec Diamants and the Charlesbourg Alouettes baseball organizations decided to play their games last weekend in front of empty stadiums at Stade Canac and Parc Henri-Casault. The teams played each other on July 24 and July 25, in Charlesbourg and Quebec City respectively.

Hockey fans, the Stanley Cup playoffs are (finally) here

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Photo: Luc Lang

Fans in Quebec City and around the world can start celebrating as the National Hockey League resumes its 2019-2020 season.

QMJHL teams to play 60 games in three divisions in 2020-2021

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Photo: Quebec Remparts

According to several reports, the Quebec Remparts and the other 17 teams of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) will play a reduced schedule in 2020-2021.

Guillaume Lefrançois of La Presse reports that each team will play 60 games, down from the regular 68 that each club normally plays.

Diamants and Alouettes play baseball for Quebec fans

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Photo: Christian Gingras - ISQ Media

Finally, there is baseball in Quebec City this summer as the Quebec Diamants and the Charlesbourg Alouettes hit the field for the start of the 2020 season.

When the Stanley Cup was cancelled by the Spanish Flu

FROM THE ARCHIVES

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Common Domain

In the early 1910s, the Quebec Bulldogs were the powerhouse team of professional ice hockey, winning the Stanley Cup both in 1912 and 1913. By 1919, however, the Montreal Canadiens were the top team in the new National Hockey League and, in the spring of 1919, they were poised to win the Stanley Cup against the Seattle Metropolitans of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA).

Rouge et Or to host three U Sports national championships

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Photo: Archives photo by Louis Charland - U Laval

The Rouge et Or of Université Laval will have three busy autumns starting in 2021. U Sports confirmed that the university will host the U Sports national cross-country championship in 2021, the women’s national soccer championship in 2022, and the women’s rugby national title in 2023.

CCAA golf event cancelled; Chouinard comes back with Blizzard

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Photo: SSF Blizzard

The Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) has announced it will follow the lead of U Sports and has cancelled all its fall national championships.

The CCAA made the news public on June 12, and it means there will be no national championship for men’s and women’s soccer, cross-country running, or golf.

Health authorities nix Capitales’ plan for a baseball tournament

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Photo: Luc Lang

The Quebec Capitales’ president, Michel Laplante, officially announced that the plan for a Canadian baseball tournament, co-organized with the Trois-Rivières Aigles, has been vetoed by provincial health authorities.

Duke of Kent Tournament among Golf Quebec’s 2020 events

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Photo: Golf Martial-Lapointe

Golf Quebec has announced that it will go ahead with a shortened season for 2020, which will include the Duke of Kent Tournament, held annually at the Club de Golf Royal Québec on Île d’Orléans.

Frontier League officially suspends 2020 season

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The board of directors of the Frontier League has unanimously voted to suspend the 2020 season, joining the Québec Capitales and the Trois-Rivières Aigles, who decided earlier this month to suspend their season.

Ongoing restrictions on travel and gatherings in many of the league’s cities and in a number of American states made the decision easy to make.

Harvey and Prémont inducted into the Quebec Sports Hall of Fame

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Photo: Canadian Olympic Committee

The Quebec Sports Hall of Fame recently announced that five athletes and two people in the “builders” category will be inducted for the year 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 30th gala ceremony will not be held until the fall of 2021.

Cross-country skier Alex Harvey and mountain biker Marie-Hélène Prémont were two of the five local athletes selected.

Capitales and Aigles won’t play in the Frontier League in 2020

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Photo: Luc Lang

The Quebec Capitales and the Trois-Rivières Aigles will have to wait until 2021 to play in the Frontier Baseball League.

When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last week that the Canada-U.S. border would remain closed until at least July 21, that was the last nail in the coffin for the 2020 season for both of the Quebec provincial baseball teams.

Freestyle skier Lewis Irving is training for the coming season

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Photo: Canadian Olympic Committee

Charlesbourg’s Lewis Irving is back training at the Centre AcrobatX, at Lac-Beauport, for the upcoming FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup season. Irving will be training during the hot summer months in preparation for the coming Olympic Winter Games qualifications. The Centre AcrobatX is also the national training site of Team Canada.

Remparts make Evan Nause their first-round selection

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Photo: Hockey Canada

The Quebec Remparts selected defenceman Evan Nause, from the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League, in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s annual draft, held online this year, on June 5. He was the fifth overall selection.

St. Pat’s and SLC Lions’ student-athletes honoured

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Photo: Luc Lang

St. Patrick’s High School recently honoured its Fighting Irish student-athletes for the 2019-2020 school year. Because the season ended so abruptly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual awards were presented online.

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