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Remparts earn five points in first week in QMJHL ‘bubble’

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Photo: Jonathan Roy/QMJHL

Quebec Remparts goaltender Thomas Sigouin blocked all 26 shots from the Victoriaville Tigres and led his team to a 1-0 victory during the team’s third game in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s protected environment “bubble” series at the Videotron Centre on Nov. 21. Sigouin was named the game’s first star.

St-Germain reaches for the top; Pelletier on Team Canada

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Photo: GEPA pictures

Laurence St-Germain, 26, from Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, started her 2020-2021 FIS Alpine Ski World Cup season in Levi, Finland, with two top-10 finishes.

On Nov. 21, St-Germain, who was seventh in the first run of the slalom event, excelled in her second run and finished sixth overall, just 1.42 seconds behind the winner, Petra Vlhova of Slovakia.

Quebec City would be a perfect fit for CPL, CFL, and women’s hockey

SPORTS SPECULATIONS

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Photo: Francis Vachon

The COVID-19 pandemic that has touched people around the world will certainly have effects on global sports franchises.

Hockey fans in Quebec City are still hoping for the return of a National Hockey League team to the Videotron Centre. I believe there may be a 2.0 version of the Quebec Nordiques, but “when” is the million-dollar question.

Remparts face QMJHL teams in the Videotron Centre ‘bubble’

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Photo: Jonathan Roy, Quebec Remparts

After a hiatus of almost six weeks, the Quebec Remparts are back on the ice against six other teams of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), in a compressed schedule that will see each team play six games.

The league’s protected environment or “bubble” schedule started on Nov. 17 and will end on Nov. 27.

Auger-Aliassime wins his first ATP doubles title in Paris

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Photo: ATP Tour website

Canada’s Félix Auger-Aliassime captured his first-ever professional tennis title when he and partner Hubert Hurkacz of Poland won the doubles final in three sets over Mate Pavic of Croatia and Bruno Soares of Brazil at the Rolex Paris Masters, on Nov. 8.

Number 19 has more ties to Quebec City than COVID

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Photo: LBJEQ

The number 19 has been associated with the novel coronavirus since the start of the pandemic that will change the rest of our lives.
On the local sports scene, the number 19 is also associated with many great athletes who have represented Quebec City. From the Nordiques to the Capitales and the Rouge et Or, here are some athletes who proudly wore the number 19 for local sports teams.

Videotron Centre will become the QMJHL ‘bubble’ for 10 days

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Photo: QMJHL

Great news for the Québec Remparts and junior hockey fans – the Videotron Centre has been designated the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s “bubble” for a seven-team tournament from Nov. 17 to 27. The announcement was made on Nov. 8.

Remparts still inactive; no European waltz for FAA

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Photo: Remparts file photo

Even though practices on home ice are ongoing, the Québec Remparts and other Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) teams located in Quebec public health red zones will remain inactive until further notice. The Remparts played only two games this season before play in red zones was suspended.

Edmonton hosts World Junior Championships

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Photo: Dany Germain - QMJHL

Canada will host the 2021 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Under-20 World Junior Championships from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5.

Outdoor rinks to be built; hockey on hold for now

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Photo: Peter Black from QCT archives

The city will put up its many outdoor rinks as usual this season, but, due to the pandemic, how people use the rinks may be unusual.

City officials have not yet confirmed what regulations will apply for the number of skaters on the ice at one time, and what access there will be to changing rooms and rinkside shacks.

Silver for Valois-Fortier; FAA reaches semis in Cologne

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Photo: International Judo Federation

Quebec City native Antoine Valois-Fortier won the silver medal in the men’s under-81-kilogram category at the Budapest Grand Slam judo event on Oct. 24.

Ranked fifth in the world, Valois-Fortier qualified for the semifinal when he defeated Hungary’s Ivaylo Ivanov in his third match of the day.

CCAA cancels 2020-21 winter sports championships

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One week after U Sports announced the cancellation of its national winter sports championships, the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) cancelled its own national winter sports championships.

Sports to get $70 million in provincial aid

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The Quebec government recently announced it will inject $70 million into sports associations, federations and leagues after public health authorities paused most sports activities to slow the spread of COVID-19.

U Sports cancels national championships for winter sports

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After the cancellation of national championships for fall sports, U Sports, the national university sports organization that oversees the four regional associations, decided on Oct. 15 to also cancel the national championships for winter sports, due to COVID-19 restrictions in place across the country.

Auger-Aliassime drops final in Cologne; university football in the spring?

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Photo: Mathieu Bélanger, Université Laval

Félix Auger-Aliassime of L’Ancienne-Lorette reached the final of the Bett1 Hulks Cologne Indoors tennis tournament in Cologne, Germany on Oct. 18, but came out (almost) empty-handed.

Seeded third, Auger-Aliassime lost 6-3, 6-3 to top seed Alexander Zverev of Germany. Auger-Aliassime is still looking for his first career title. The Cologne tournament was his sixth career final.

COVID-19 forces Remparts, QMJHL to stop activities

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Photo: Photos courtesy QMJHL

It was only a matter of time until the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) would be hit by Quebec’s public health restrictions or by the coronavirus.

SLC Lions basketball teams latest COVID-19 victims

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Five members of the CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence (SLC) Lions men’s basketball team and one member of the women’s team tested positive for COVID-19 at the end of September, Radio-Canada reported.

A season of unknowns await Guy Chouinard, Lions hockey

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Photo: SLC Athletics

In a world where the COVID-19 pandemic touches every sector, the CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence Lions hockey team will be no different from the other 12 Division 1 teams playing in the 2020-21 Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) .

For Lions head coach Guy Chouinard, everything changed last spring. The pandemic forced the coaching staff to change its approach to the upcoming season.

Diamants win their second straight LBJEQ title over Longueuil

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Photo: LBJEQ

The Québec Diamants won their second straight title in the Ligue de Baseball Junior Élite du Québec (LBJEQ) with a 6-5 victory over the Longueuil Ducs. The big win in the final days of September ended what was considered an odd season.

The Diamants won the best-of-five series, three games to one.

QMJHL, Remparts start season with a COVID-19 cloud over their heads

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), and its 18 teams kicked off the 2020-2021 season on Oct. 2, with the dark cloud of COVID-19 hanging over their heads.

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.

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