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Olympic hockey now a long way from amateur

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The French, comme d’habitude, have le mot juste to describe something. The case at hand is the word “amateur.”

For those born with an anglo tongue, “amateur” means many things, from the affirmative (“She’s an amateur historian,”) to the less flattering, often referring to one with dubious claims to professional competence (“What an amateur!”).

Fans saddened by passing of longtime sports icons Keith Jackson and Dick Enberg

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Photo: courtesy of American Sportscaster

While waiting for the National Football League’s divisional playoffs to start, last Saturday, reporters from different networks reported the death of longtime sports broadcaster Keith Jackson, at the age of 89.

During the holidays, sports fans were also saddened by the passing of broadcaster Dick Enberg, who was 82.

High school and college sports in Quebec City

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Photo: courtesy of St. Pat’s Hockey Facebook page

The holidays are over, the students are back in school. This means only one thing: high school basketball is back!
Both Quebec High and St. Patrick’s hoops teams hit the court last week, and will have an intense eight weeks leading up to the regional championships.

Get out and move … at the Salon Bouge

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Need an excuse to get up and move in 2018? The Salon Bouge was held last weekend at ExpoCité, showing off more enjoyable ways to move and get some exercise than shovelling snow. After the holidays many have made resolutions, and one popular resolution is to get out and move.

International snowboarders compete at Le Relais

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
International speed snowboarders raced down the slopes of Le Relais last weekend. The local ski resort is a regular stop on the NorAm (North American) competition circuit. 

High school basketball to resume activities after the holidays

The 11 basketball teams at St. Patrick’s High School (SPH) and at Quebec High School (QHS) will take a break over the holidays.

The first annual “LUC”-KY sports awards announced

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Photo: courtesy of Champlain-St. Lawrence website
2017 is almost over and once again, we reflect on all that happened, good or bad, serious or funny.
Since this is our last issue for 2017, I thought it would be a great idea to start distributing some gifts. Mind you, these gifts are only in “words,” there are no plaques or trophies that come along with the first annual “LUC”-KY AWARDS.

Senior Blazers leading the way for QHS basketball teams

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Photo: Luc Lang

If you are looking for some good basketball action, you might want to drop by Quebec High School’s gymnasium to take a look at this year’s senior boys’ division 2 team.

On Dec. 15, the Blazers will host the Cavaliers from École secondaire de La Seigneurie of Beauport, at 8:30 p.m.

High expectations for St. Pat’s hockey program

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Photo: courtesy of St. Patrick’s Fighting Irish hockey team

The St. Patrick’s High School hockey program has reached the halfway point of its first season in the Ligue de Hockey Préparatoire Scolaire (LHPS).

The LHPS is the Quebec version of the American prep schools’ hockey leagues, in which players such as Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon played before being drafted and going on to successful NHL careers.

Mustangs stampede over Laval at the Vanier Cup

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Photo: Charity Matheson - USports

In a matchup of the two best university football teams in the country, the number-two ranked University of Western Ontario (UWO) Mustangs were just too powerful for the number-one ranked Université Laval Rouge et Or. When the game ended, the Mustangs had crushed the Rouge et Or, 39-17.

Sharpen your skates! They’re rolling out the rink on the Plains of Abraham

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Photo: Peter Black

Workers for the Glaces CT company are rolling out the many metres of tubing required to build the large refrigerated ice rink on the Plains of Abraham. The large rink or ring of ice, now celebrating its fifth year, is growing in popularity, last winter attracting some 60,000 skaters.

Toys and games fill the Centre des Foires

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
The moment people walked into Hall A of the Centre des Foires at ExpoCité, they saw people playing chess, others dressed in costumes and many kiosks filled with games and toys. Nov. 18 and 19 was the third annual Games and Toys Fair. 

High school and college basketball report

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Photo: Luc Lang

Lady Lions remain undefeated
The Champlain–St. Lawrence Lady Lions basketball team is having a strong start to its 2017-18 regular season. On Nov. 17, the Lady Lions took to the road to visit the Gaillards from the Cégep de Jonquière.

Laval to face Western in 53rd Vanier Cup

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Photo: David Moll

In a rematch of last year’s national championship, the Université Laval Rouge et Or once again came through in adversity to earn a spot in next week’s Vanier Cup final by beating the University of Calgary Dinos on their own turf, 35-23, on Nov. 18. It’s also the third time that Laval has won the Mitchell Bowl, formerly known as the Atlantic Bowl.

Watch out for flying objects at the second Dodgeball Cup

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Balls were flying everywhere in the gymnasium of the Cégep Limoilou sports complex. On Nov. 11 and 12, teams from Ontario, Quebec, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia dodged balls at the second annual Quebec Cup hosted by the Ligue de Dodgeball de Québec.

Laval takes 14th Dunsmore Cup with a 25-22 win

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Photo: from U. Laval-Yan Doublet

It was another ending typical of the matchups between the Université Laval Rouge et Or and the Université de Montréal Carabins. It was a close game throughout the 60 minutes and a nailbiter in the closing seconds.

The Carabins came close to handing Laval its own medicine from the 2016 Dunsmore Cup final, but, at the end, they came up short.

Alérions just too strong for St. Pat’s Juniors

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Photo: Luc Lang

Saturday, Nov. 11 was Remembrance Day throughout the country, but the St. Patrick’s High School Junior football team would probably rather forget the day.

St. Pat’s Juniors claw their way into the final

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Photo: courtesy of Edith Paradis, St. Patrick’s Fighting Irish

The St. Patrick’s Fighting Irish junior football team hosted the regional semi-final against the Mont-Joli Monarks, on the Plains of Abraham.

A rare Friday afternoon tilt, this game was played in football weather: cold and windy.

Laval sports report

Women’s soccer, men’s football and women’s rugby

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Photo: courtesy of U Laval-Yan Doublet

Laval’s Rouge et Or faced the Université de Montréal Carabins at the Stade Telus last weekend for the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) women’s soccer championship.

Both teams know each other pretty well. “That’s a typical game against Montreal,” said Laval head coach Helder Duarte. “At the USports national championship, it will be games like this.”

Ontario Reds take national women’s U18 hockey title

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Photo: Dennis Pajot/Hockey Canada Images

The Ontario Reds celebrate their 12th national title at the Pavillon de la Jeunesse. The gold medal final pitted the Ontario Blues against the Ontario Reds. This is the Reds’ 12th straight national title. In fact, since the championship started in 2001, they are the only team to have won the gold medal. British Columbia took home the bronze medal as they defeated Saskatchewan 2-1 in overtime.

Quebec City now has dome of dreams for baseball buffs

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Photo: Peter Black
To paraphrase Kevin Costner’s character in Field of Dreams, “Build it and they will come.”

“It,” in this case is an inflated dome, which, from an aerial view of the vintage municipal stadium near Parc Victoria, looks like a gigantic marshmallow plopped down on the ballfield. 

Quebec, USA girls’ teams to battle in Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament

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Photo: Peter Black

Girls’ hockey teams from Quebec and the United States will face off in a historic game in the 2018 edition of the Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament.

St. Lawrence golfer Sarah-Ève Rhéaume wins CCAA national title

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Photo: courtesy of CCAA

Congratulations to St. Lawrence College student Sarah-Ève Rhéaume who won the women’s Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) national golf title on October 20 in Oshawa, Ontario.

After four rounds of play, Rhéaume was tied +23 with University of the Fraser Valley’s Madison Kapchinsky. The golfers played an extra hole to determine the national champion.

St. Lawrence College rugby and hockey news

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Photo: courtesy of St. Lawrence Lions website

With the regular season finished, the Cégep Champlain–St. Lawrence Campus rugby 7s teams are headed to the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) regional championships.

All matches will be played at Cégep Garneau on October 22, starting at 9 a.m. for rugby 7s and women’s 15s. There is no men’s rugby 15s this year in the northeast division.

St. Pat’s hockey and football news

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The St. Patrick’s High School hockey team made their historic debut on Saturday, October 7, in Beauceville, as they are now one of 16 teams in the M17 Majeur section of the Ligue de Hockey Préparatoire Scolaire (LHPS), a Quebec provincial prep school league.

Québec Remparts are off to a flying start

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Photo: Remparts website

The Québec Remparts, of the Québec Major Junior Hockey League, are off to a flying start this season.

Before losing their first game 3-0 against the Titan in Bathurst last Sunday, October 8, the Remparts had won their first six games of the 2017-18 campaign.

Laval crushes Sherbrooke in RSEQ football action

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Photo: Yves Longpré - Université Laval

The Université Laval football team wanted a solid contribution from everyone and that’s what the players did. The Rouge et Or went to Université de Sherbrooke on October 7 and simply demolished the Vert et Or 46-15. They now head into the bye week with a record of five wins and one loss.

“I Am Invictus” The Invictus Games headed for Toronto

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Photo: courtesy of Invictus Games

Team Canada was in Quebec City to publicize the upcoming Invictus Games being held in Toronto where some 550 military athletes from 17 nations will be competing in 12 sports disciplines.

Football season is underway at Laval and St. Pat’s

It’s almost the end of September and football season is now almost one month old.

The Université Laval Rouge et Or had a bye this past weekend, since there are now only five teams in the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ). Bishop’s University jumped ship last winter to join the Atlantic University Sports Conference.

Capitales sweep Rockland to win the Can-Am League final

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Photo: Sébastien Dion - Capitales de Québec

Balbino Fuenmayor hit two monstrous home runs, Philippe Craig-St-Louis and James McOwen each had three hits, and the Quebec Capitales won the Can-Am League title, 9-3, over the Rockland Boulders in front of packed Stade Canac. The Caps swept the best-of-five final, three games to none.

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