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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.

St. Pat’s hockey season ends in quarterfinals

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Photo: St. Patrick’s hockey team Facebook page

The St. Patrick’s High School hockey team could not come back from a three-goal deficit and lost their quarterfinal game to the Collège de Lévis Commandeurs 6-2. The loss eliminates the Fighting Irish from the playoffs in the Ligue de Hockey Préparatoire Scolaire (LHPS), in the major under-17 (M17) conference.

It’s banner time for Quebec High and St. Pat’s basketball teams

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Photo: Ed Sweeney Quebec High School

It’s championship time for basketball in the Québec-Chaudière-Appalaches region of the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ). St. Patrick’s High School and Quebec High School hosted two regional basketball championship tournaments on April 7.

First Mont-Sainte-Anne Loppet attracts over 700 skiers

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Over 700 cross-country skiers raced through the woods of Saint-Férréol-les-Neiges for the inaugural Mont-Sainte-Anne Loppet on March 31.

A perfect season ends in heartbreak for the Lady Lions

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Photo: CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence website

The CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence Lady Lions women’s basketball dream season came to an end recently with two straight playoff losses.

After a perfect 14-0 regular season, the double blue had high hopes for the upcoming regional championship of the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ).

High school basketball season is over: it’s championship time

The St. Patrick’s Fighting Irish junior girls team is closing the 2017-18 basketball season on a winning note.

After finishing eighth in their division, St. Pat’s qualified for the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) regional consolation championship on March 25.

Welcome home, Alex Harvey! Champion skier returns to Quebec

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Alex Harvey is home after five months of intense international competition. Harvey, the most decorated Canadian cross-country skier to date, arrived at Jean Lesage International Airport​ on March 19.

Laurie Blouin “on a cloud” after Olympic and Big Air success

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Photo: Jason Ransom/Canadian Olympic Committee

As the Snowboard & Ski Jamboree street festival wrapped up at the Îlot Fleurie on Sunday afternoon, local snowboarder and Olympic silver medalist in slopestyle snowboard Laurie Blouin had a scheduled autograph session. Only one problem – no one seemed to know where it was. “Wherever the people are,” shrugged a member of the event’s communication team.

Fighting Irish move on to the LHPS quarterfinals

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Photo: St. Pat’s Hockey Facebook page

The St. Patrick’s High School Fighting Irish hockey team season continues. On March 23 and 24, the Irish played a round robin tournament in Baie-Saint-Paul with three other schools to open the 2018 playoffs in the Major Under 17 (U17) conference in the Ligue de Hockey Préparatoire Scolaire (LHPS).

Local athletes fly high at Big Air World Cup Finals

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
From March 22 to 25, warm spring weather, even some snow, welcomed the arrival of over 100 athletes from 20 countries for the FIS Ski and Snowboard Big Air World Cup Finals. Quebec Olympic snowboarders Max Parrot and Laurie Blouin and skier Alex Bellemare stole the show. 

Sled dog racing around the mountains in Valcartier

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Photo: Lise Lafond
The sixth annual International de Chiens de Traîneaux sled dog races were held in Valcartier on March 17 and 18. An impressive 130 teams came from Quebec, Ontario and the United States to participate in this popular race. The scenery was fantastic, the snow was nice and hard and the temperature was ideal for the dogs, even if it was a bit cold for human spectators.

2018 Paralympics: Canada has its best showing ever with 28 medals

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Photo: Scott Grant/Canadian Paralympic Committee

Canada will have some heavy baggage to declare when its 2018 Paralympic team comes back home, as the Canadian athletes are leaving South Korea with a record 28 medals, second only to the United States, who dominated with a total of 36.

Canada picked up its last medal (silver) at the para hockey final against the United States on March 17.

Ryerson Rams capture the U Sports women’s volleyball title

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Photo: Mathieu Bélanger, courtesy of U Sports

The Ryerson University Rams completed their perfect season with a resounding 3-1 win over the University of Alberta Pandas to capture the U Sports national women’s volleyball title at the PEPS at Université Laval on March 18. (U Sports, formerly Canadian Interuniversity Sport, is the governing body for university sport in Canada).

Local Sports Briefs

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Photo: St. Pat’s Hockey Facebook page
St. Pat’s Hockey 
The St. Patrick’s High School Fighting Irish hockey team has conquered Washington, D.C. Playing in the 2018 Congressional Cup Spring Classic in the American capital, the Green and White won all four of its games and allowed only three goals on its way to the gold medal.  

Lady Lions capture basketball title with 14th win

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Photo: Lions Facebook page

Lady Lions basketball: a perfect season

Eight St. Pat’s grads to play in CEGEP football programs next season

Recruiting season has come and gone for CEGEP football programs across Quebec. This is the time of year where coaches and recruiters try to get the best possible graduating students onto their school’s football team for the fall.

2018 Paralympics: After four days, Canada has seven medals​ ... and counting​

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Photo: Dave Holland/Canadian Paralympic Committee

The 2018 Paralympic Winter Games have begun in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The Games opened March 9, and after four days of events, Canada had a total of seven medals.

Rouge et Or fall to Martlets in heartbreaker

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Photo: Yan Doublet

A Saguenay sweep for the Lady Lions

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Photo: courtesy of the CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence website

Already assured the regular season title in the RSEQ northeast regional division 2 conference, the CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence Lady Lions swept the weekend series this past week against teams from Chicoutimi and Jonquière.

Canada sends record delegation to Paralympics

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Photo: Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee

Canada will send 55 athletes to the upcoming Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, its largest delegation ever. The Games will take place March 9-18, on the same sites as the Olympic Winter Games.

Sixteen coaches and 26 support staff will accompany the Canadian athletes to South Korea.

Pentathletes and triathletes race around the Plains

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Photo: Roch Lamontagne
As February turns to March, athletes of all sorts take to the Plains of Abraham. From Feb. 23 to March 4, skaters, runners, snowshoers, cyclists and cross-country skiers are competing in the 14th Pentathlon des Neiges. 

High school basketball on hold for March Break

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Photo: Luc Lang

The teams at St. Patrick’s and Quebec High schools will take a breather during the upcoming March Break, to recharge their batteries for the playoff run.

The St. Patrick’s High Fighting Irish bantam CC girls head to the break tied for first place in their division, coming an impressive 50-10 win over Louis-Jobin of St-Raymond-de-Portneuf on Feb. 22.

Team Canada brings home the hardware from Pyeongchang Games

Canadian athletes brought a record 29 medals home from the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the best performance ever by a Canadian team. The Games came to a close on Feb. 25.

Note: 17 of these medals have been won by Quebecers or teams including Quebecers (names in bold print)!
GOLD:

- Ted-Jan Bloemen (Calgary), men’s 10,000-metre long-track speed skating;

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