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Season or not, Capitales still getting major league talent

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Baseball fans in the Quebec City region may not have seen the Capitales play in 2020, but they must surely be crossing their fingers for a 2021 season in the Frontier League.

COVID-19 delays the start of the QMJHL playoffs

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Photo: Sabrina Gagné - QMJHL

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) has suspended the activities of five of its Quebec-based teams, including the Quebec Remparts and the Gatineau Olympiques, which have players who have tested positive for COVID-19.

SPORTS ROUNDUP: hockey and judo

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Photo: Chad Goddard/Hockey Canada

Hockey Canada announced its roster for the upcoming 2021 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Under-18 World Championship that will be played in the cities of Frisco and Plano, Texas, from April 26 to May 6.

Canada will play in Pool A along with Sweden, Belarus, Latvia and Switzerland.

Regular QMJHL season ends as teams prepare for the playoffs

The Quebec Remparts ended their 2020-21 regular season with a pair of games in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) protected environment in Baie-Comeau.

Quebec played the Baie-Comeau Drakkar on March 31 (score not available at press time) and will end the season on April 1 against the Rimouski Océanic.

Quebec City hockey players get bursaries from the Montreal Canadiens

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Photo: Cégep Limoilou Titans Facebook page

Three Quebec City student-athletes were among the 25 hockey players who will each receive a bursary of $2,000 from the Montreal Canadiens Bursary Program of the Foundation for Athletic Excellence.

Scalabrini gets major league coaching help as season approaches

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Photo: Québec Capitales

Québec Capitales manager Patrick Scalabrini hit a home run without touching a bat or a ball when former Montreal Expos and Miami Marlins bullpen coach Pierre Arsenault was hired as his assistant for pitching.

SPORTS ROUNDUP: football, hockey, tennis and Olympics

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Photo: International Olympic Committee

FOOTBALL: Glen Constantin, head coach of the Rouge et Or football program at Université Laval, was hoping to organize a tournament that would have included six of the best teams in the country.

Capitales sign an Aussie pitcher; FAA falters in Acapulco

The Québec Capitales went halfway around the world last week to sign a starting pitcher, right-hander Mitch Neuborn from Australia.

Manager Pat Scalabrini was impressed by Neuborn’s statistics in the Australian Baseball League last season. In six starts, Neuborn pitched 35.1 innings, struck out 38 hitters and allowed only seven earned runs for an impressive 1.78 ERA.

Remparts hope to close their Val d’Or trip with more wins

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Photo: Dany Germain/QMJHL

On March 20, Nathan Gaucher and Hugo Audette each scored two goals and added one assist as the Quebec Remparts easily beat the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 7-1 at the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) protected environment series in Val d’Or.

Laurie Blouin earns world championship gold in Aspen

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Photo: FIS

Snowboarder Laurie Blouin of Stoneham, the 2018 Olympic silver medalist, earned a second world title when she won the Big Air event at the 2021 FIS Snowboard and Freeski World Championship in Aspen, Colo., on March 16.

Remparts to play Foreurs and Huskies in Val d’Or

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Photo: Jonathan Roy/QMJHL

After a nine-hour bus ride to Val d’Or, the Quebec Remparts will get a chance to lace up their skates and play four games in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) protected environment series in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region.

SLC Lions sports teams start planning for next season

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Photo: Luc Lang

The CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence (SLC) Lions sports teams hoped all year long, like their college counterparts throughout the province and Canada, that maybe, just maybe, the pandemic would ease up before the end of the winter sports season and there might be a way to get some games in.

Capitales sign more players as baseball season approaches

There might be snow on the ground, and the dome may still be in place at Stade Canac, but the Québec Capitales have been very active this past week, signing two key players.

Frank Nigro, a catcher who played his college baseball with the Wilmington University Wildcats in Delaware, will join the Capitales.

Remparts can’t find a way to beat the Saguenéens

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Photo: André Émond/QMJHL

The Quebec Remparts finished their six-game schedule in the Chicoutimi protected environment, losing 3-0 to the Chicoutimi Saguenéens on March 7 at the Centre Georges-Vézina.

The loss gives the Remparts a record of two wins, three losses and one overtime loss in the Saguenay.

Laplante’s 2021 plans for Capitales go all the way from A to Z

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Québec Capitales president Michel Laplante has several plans for his team in 2021 if the Frontier Baseball League can’t play out its regular season as planned.

“We have a plan B and I can say that we are up to plan Z for 2021,” said Laplante during a press conference with Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume and Coun. Steeve Verret on March 1.

Canada’s Hockey Dad will be missed at Pee-Wee Tournament

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Photo: Patrick Dom via Twitter

Walter Gretzky, the father of hockey great Wayne Gretzky, affectionately known as Canada’s Hockey Dad, died peacefully on March 4 at the age of 82 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Quebecers mourn the passing of a sports giant

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Photo: Rimouski Océanic via Facebook

On Feb. 25, one of Quebec City’s biggest sports boosters, furniture entrepreneur Maurice Tanguay, died at his residence in Lévis, at the age of 87.

Remparts close out February with two straight losses to Chicoutimi

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Photo: André Émond/QMJHL

The Quebec Remparts might want to burn the videos of their last two games against the Chicoutimi Saguenéens in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) action.

Another Blue Jay product hits the field with the Capitales this season

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Photo: Connor Panas via Twitter

The Québec Capitales announced an important signing on Feb. 26: outfielder Connor Panas will be returning to the team in 2021.

Panas, who completed the 2019 season with the Capitales after playing with Team Canada at the Pan-Am Games in Lima, had a batting average of .271 with one home run and 10 RBIs in 24 games.

Remparts head to Chicoutimi with five straight wins

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Photo: Jonathan Roy/QMJHL

The Quebec Remparts are the hottest team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), as they head to Chicoutimi with five straight wins after shutting out the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4-0 on Feb. 18 at the Videotron Centre.

Quebec hockey fans mourn the passing of Joe Hardy

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Photo: California Golden Seals Facebook page

Former National Hockey League (NHL) and World Hockey Association (WHA) player and Quebec media personality Joe Hardy died on Feb. 19 at the age of 75. Hardy had a history of heart problems and passed away after suffering a stroke.

Capitales sign their closer for the coming season

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Photo: Major League Baseball

The Québec Capitales of the Frontier Baseball League recently announced the signing of Canadian relief pitcher Andrew Case for the 2021 season. The Saint John, N.B. native, who was initially signed for the 2020 season, has let the Caps know that he plans to return this year.

Pee-Wee hockey tournament put ‘on ice’ for this year

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Photo: Jonathan Roy courtesy Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament

Normally, mid-February would have the peewee hockey world in a frenzy. Teams from over 15 countries would be in town for the 62nd annual Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament and the “Pee-Wee! Pee-Wee!” song would echo before each game at the Videotron Centre. This year, the arena is empty, and Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” would be a more appropriate song.

Regional athletes shine on the world stage

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Photo: Rafal Oleksiewicz/Speed Skating Canada

It was a week to remember for many Quebec City-area athletes.

Long-track speedskater Laurent Dubreuil, 28, won the gold medal in the 500-metre event at the World Championships in Heerenveen, Holland, on Feb. 12. Dubreuil finished the race with a time of 34.39 seconds, 0.14 seconds ahead of Russian skater Pavel Kulizhnikov.

Remparts make it three in a row with victory over Gatineau

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Photo: Jonathan Roy/QMJHL

Cole Cormier and Mikaël Huchette scored two goals each, while Théo Rochette picked up three assists, guiding the Quebec Remparts to an impressive 5-2 victory over the Gatineau Olympiques on Feb. 13 at the Videotron Centre.

The 17th Pentathlon des neiges goes virtual

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Nothing can stop Quebecers from practising sports, not even a pandemic or a snowstorm. Streets and parks are filled with avid winter athletes. Some are preparing for the first virtual edition of the Pentathlon des neiges, to be held from Feb. 13 to 28.

Auclair gets Super Bowl ring; FAA waits for first ATP title

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Photo: Kyle Zedaker/Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Former Université Laval Rouge et Or student-athlete Anthony Auclair became the first graduate of the UL football program to win the Super Bowl when his team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, crushed the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 in the National Football League’s championship game on Feb. 7.

Remparts win four of six games in Rimouski

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Photo: Iften Redjah/QMJHL

Théo Rochette scored one goal and added an assist, while rookie defenceman Evan Nause added three assists to lead the Quebec Remparts to an impressive 5-2 win over the Baie-Comeau Drakkar on Feb. 7 in Rimouski. Cole Cormier, Thomas Caron, James Malatesta and Xavier Filion completed the scoring for Quebec.

Capitales sign coveted starting pitcher Nicholas Economos

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Photo: Capitales de Québec/Sébastien Dion

The Quebec Capitales made their first signing of 2021 and landed a major prize.

Starting pitcher Nicholas Economos, a 6’6”, 25-year-old right-hander, was courted by many independent baseball teams but finally chose to sign with Quebec.

It’s Super Bowl time for Laval graduate Anthony Auclair

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Photo: Screenshot from Zoom

Former Université Laval Rouge et Or football player Anthony Auclair will have a chance to duplicate what McGill alumnus Laurent Duvernay-Tardif did last year – win a Super Bowl.

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