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Équipe Québec stays atop division despite long road trips

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Photo: Jean Grignon-Francke - Équipe Québec

They knew that it would not be an easy year, but Équipe Québec is battling hard every game and the results are positive for the Fleurdelysée in Frontier League action.

Junior baseball season delayed until June 25

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Photo: Luc Lang

The Ligue de Baseball Junior Élite du Québec (LBJEQ), forced to delay its 2021 season due to public health regulations, will finally start its regular season on June 25.

Underdog Tigres win second President Cup to close out season

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Photo: Luc Lang

In a season that almost didn’t happen, the underdog Victoriaville Tigres shocked the hockey world by capturing the second President Cup in team history. The Tigres sealed the series win June 5 with a 3-2 victory in Game 6 over the heavily favoured Val d’Or Foreurs in front of 2,000 spectators at the Videotron Centre.

Euro 2020 starts this week after year-long coronavirus delay

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Football fans (or soccer fans in North America) will be glued to their screens as the world’s second biggest tournament begins on June 11 – the European championship, known as the Euro, normally held every four years.

Équipe Québec at .500 mark as reinforcements arrive

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Photo: Équipe Québec

Équipe Québec manager Patrick Scalabrini wished his team could have a .500 winning percentage when his players returned from their respective national team duties. On June 6, he got his wish as Équipe Québec defeated the Washington Wild Things 1-0 in Frontier League action.

Équipe Québec wins two of four games in Frontier League action

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Photo: Jean Grignon-Francke - Équipe Québec

The Équipe Québec 2021 baseball season finally opened on May 28 with a doubleheader against the Gateway Grizzlies in Sauget, Ill.

The team, consisting of players from the Québec Capitales and the Trois-Rivières Aigles, saw their May 27 opening game postponed due to inclement weather, forcing them to play a doubleheader the next day.

Frontier League: Here’s what fans need to know

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If the coronavirus pandemic had not happened, the Québec Capitales would be playing their 2021 season in the Frontier League, after playing in the Can-Am League since 2005.

With the Canada-U.S. border closed, however, the Capitales merged with the Trois-Rivières Aigles to form Équipe Québec for the 2021 Frontier League season.

Sigouin and Truchon rewarded for their season with the Remparts

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Photo: Luc Lang

Quebec Remparts goaltender Thomas Sigouin and teammate Charle Truchon were honoured by their team for their achievements over the past season.

Sigouin, who played his final junior season, won the Coupe Budweiser as the team’s player of the year.

Guy Lafleur’s number 4 to be retired by all QMJHL teams

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Photo: QMJHL

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) announced May 18 that number 4, worn by Guy Lafleur during his junior career with the Quebec Remparts, will be retired by all teams in the league.

The announcement was made during a video-conference with league commissioner Gilles Courteau and Lafleur.

It’s ‘Play ball!’ for Équipe Québec and other Frontier League teams

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Photo: Équipe Québec

For the first time in two years, the seven home plate umpires scheduled at the Frontier League’s opening games yelled “Play ball!” to start the game and the season.

Among the Frontier League’s 14 teams is Équipe Québec, managed by Québec Capitales manager Patrick Scalabrini.

Blizzard’s Emmanuel Vermette is highest local prospect for QMJHL draft

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Photo: Emmanuel Vermette via Facebook

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) Central Scouting Bureau has released its final prospect rankings for the league’s upcoming entry draft, to be held on June 25 and 26.

Thirty-four players vie for roster spots at Équipe Québec training camp

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Photo: Jean-Grignon Francke/Équipe Québec

After losing an entire season last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, longtime Québec Capitales manager turned Équipe Québec manager Patrick Scalabrini is back on the field. Équipe Québec is holding its training camp at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, in Troy, N.Y., home of the Tri-City ValleyCats, the newest team in the Frontier League.

Remparts will bid to host the 2022 Memorial Cup tournament

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Photo: Luc Lang

The Quebec Remparts want to organize the 2022 Memorial Cup tournament in Quebec City, according to team president Jacques Tanguay. Tanguay made the announcement at a season-ending press conference on May 12, two days after the Remparts were eliminated from the playoffs by the Chicoutimi Saguenéens.

Saguenéens end Remparts’ season

Photos by Luc Lang

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The Chicoutimi Saguenéens ousted the Quebec Remparts in three straight games in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) quarterfinals. The Remparts’ season ended May 10. Here are a few photos of the last game of a bizarre QMJHL season.

 

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Chicoutimi Saguenéens oust Remparts in three straight games

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Photo: Jonathan Roy/QMJHL

Dawson Mercer scored two goals and added an assist to lead the Chicoutimi Saguenéens to a 5-1 victory on May 10 over the Quebec Remparts at the Videotron Centre. The Saguenéens won the best-of-five quarterfinal in a three-game sweep in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs.

Marie-Pier Champagne wins Academic Merit Trophy

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Photo: Screenshot by Luc Lang

Université Laval basketball player Marie-Pier Champagne was named the recipient of the Jean-Marie de Koninck Academic Merit Trophy at the 70th Rouge et Or Gala, held virtually on May 6.

Champagne, who still has one year of playing eligibility, is completing a doctorate in territorial planning and regional development. She maintained a 4.33 GPA in her first session last fall.

Rouge et Or players drafted and signed by CFL teams

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Photo: Université Laval (Mathieu Bélanger)

Two student-athletes from the Université Laval Rouge et Or football team were selected in the 2021 Canadian Football League (CFL) draft, held online May 4.

The first player to be called was fullback Félix Garand-Gauthier, who was selected 37th overall (first pick of the fifth round) by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Remparts on the brink of elimination against Chicoutimi

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Photo: Jonathan Roy/QMJHL

After sweeping the Drummondville Voltigeurs in the first round of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) playoffs, the Quebec Remparts have fallen behind 2-0 to the Chicoutimi Saguenéens in the quarterfinal.

The Remparts lost their second game in the best-of-five series 3-2 on May 9. Results of the third game on May 10 were not available when the QCT went to press.

City, COC say only Vancouver under consideration for 2030 Winter Olympics

The City of Quebec informs residents that the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) has communicated at least three times, including twice by letter, with [Québec 2030 spokesperson] Mark Charest to inform him of their intention to consider only the city of Vancouver for a future Canadian candidacy for the hosting of the 2030 Olympic Winter Games.

Sigouin saves! Sigouin scores! Remparts win series 3-0

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Photo: Sylvain Bergeron/QMJHL

Quebec Remparts goaltender Thomas Sigouin scored a goal into the Drummondville Voltigeurs’ empty net on April 30 to lead the Remparts to a 5-2 win and a 3-0 series sweep of the Drummondville Voltigeurs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) playoffs.

It’s official: Capitales, Aigles merge to become Équipe Québec

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Photo: Équipe Québec

It was probably the worst-kept secret in the world of baseball. The Québec Capitales and the Trois-Rivières Aigles have merged for the 2021 season to form Équipe Québec, which will play in the Frontier League.

The announcement was made official on April 24, in a press release from the team.

European football’s Super League project: Super greed!

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European football fans (“soccer” in North America) were stunned to hear the announcement of the creation of a Super League by 12 of the wealthiest clubs in Europe on April 18.

Road to Tokyo 2020: Meet your regional athletes

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Photo: Canadian Olympic Committee

The 2020 Summer Olympics are scheduled to begin in Tokyo, Japan, on July 23 and run to Aug. 8. Postponed in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Games of the XXXII Olympiad will go on as scheduled in 2021, with or without fans.

It’s finally playoff time for the Quebec Remparts

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Photo: QMJHL

After three weeks out of competition due to an outbreak of COVID-19 within the team, the Quebec Remparts finally played the first game of their best-of-five playoff series against the Drummondville Voltigeurs on April 27 (score not available at press time).

Capitales sign former Toronto Blue Jay Dalton Pompey

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Patrick Scalabrini, manager of the Québec Capitales, has found a leadoff batter who will be a threat to opposing teams in 2021. The Capitales have signed Mississauga native and former Toronto Blue Jays centre fielder Dalton Pompey.

Pompey, who will wear number 45 this season, joins another former Blue Jay, Gift Ngeope, who the Caps signed earlier this spring.

Québec 2030 insists the city should host the Winter Olympics

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Photo: Québec 2030 by Luc Lang

The Québec 2030 committee is clear: Quebec City and the region can and should host the 2030 Winter Olympic Games. That was the message Mark Charest and his team of businesspeople sent during an April 21 press conference.
The committee is well aware, however, that Mayor Régis Labeaume and other local elected officials have repeatedly said no to the project.

QMJHL playoffs: Remparts, Voltigeurs set to start playoffs

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Photo: QMJHL

The Quebec Remparts and the Drummondville Voltigeurs are set to begin the 2021 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) playoffs. League officials announced on April 19 that the first game of the series will be played on April 27. Game 2 will be the next night. The complete series will be played at the Centre Marcel-Dionne in Drummondville.

Team Quebec to replace Capitales, Aigles, and Titans in Frontier League

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Photo: Luc Lang

The Frontier Baseball League officially announced on April 17 that the Québec Capitales, the Ottawa Titans and the Trois-Rivières Aigles won’t play in 2021.

FAA stumbles in Monte Carlo; Auclair hopes to make it big in Texas

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Photo: Houston Texans/Kevin Sabitus

Tennis player Félix Auger-Aliassime of L’Ancienne-Lorette did not have a great tournament at the Monte Carlo Masters Open in Monaco.

Joe Malone joins hockey legends at Place Jean-Béliveau

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Hockey legend and NHL record-holder Joe Malone, with a hockey stick in hand and Togo the bulldog by his side, stands tall at Place Jean-Béliveau. After weeks of planning and assembly, this aluminum masterpiece joins those of other hockey greats in the commemorative alley beside the Pavillon de la Jeunesse at ExpoCité.

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