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Health authorities nix Capitales’ plan for a baseball tournament

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Photo: Luc Lang

The Quebec Capitales’ president, Michel Laplante, officially announced that the plan for a Canadian baseball tournament, co-organized with the Trois-Rivières Aigles, has been vetoed by provincial health authorities.

Frontier League officially suspends 2020 season

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The board of directors of the Frontier League has unanimously voted to suspend the 2020 season, joining the Québec Capitales and the Trois-Rivières Aigles, who decided earlier this month to suspend their season.

Ongoing restrictions on travel and gatherings in many of the league’s cities and in a number of American states made the decision easy to make.

Duke of Kent Tournament among Golf Quebec’s 2020 events

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Photo: Golf Martial-Lapointe

Golf Quebec has announced that it will go ahead with a shortened season for 2020, which will include the Duke of Kent Tournament, held annually at the Club de Golf Royal Québec on Île d’Orléans.

Capitales and Aigles won’t play in the Frontier League in 2020

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Photo: Luc Lang

The Quebec Capitales and the Trois-Rivières Aigles will have to wait until 2021 to play in the Frontier Baseball League.

When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last week that the Canada-U.S. border would remain closed until at least July 21, that was the last nail in the coffin for the 2020 season for both of the Quebec provincial baseball teams.

Harvey and Prémont inducted into the Quebec Sports Hall of Fame

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Photo: Canadian Olympic Committee

The Quebec Sports Hall of Fame recently announced that five athletes and two people in the “builders” category will be inducted for the year 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 30th gala ceremony will not be held until the fall of 2021.

Cross-country skier Alex Harvey and mountain biker Marie-Hélène Prémont were two of the five local athletes selected.

Freestyle skier Lewis Irving is training for the coming season

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Photo: Canadian Olympic Committee

Charlesbourg’s Lewis Irving is back training at the Centre AcrobatX, at Lac-Beauport, for the upcoming FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup season. Irving will be training during the hot summer months in preparation for the coming Olympic Winter Games qualifications. The Centre AcrobatX is also the national training site of Team Canada.

Remparts make Evan Nause their first-round selection

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Photo: Hockey Canada

The Quebec Remparts selected defenceman Evan Nause, from the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League, in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s annual draft, held online this year, on June 5. He was the fifth overall selection.

St. Pat’s and SLC Lions’ student-athletes honoured

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Photo: Luc Lang

St. Patrick’s High School recently honoured its Fighting Irish student-athletes for the 2019-2020 school year. Because the season ended so abruptly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual awards were presented online.

Asterisk* be damned! Bring on the NHL play-ins!

Turning now to sports news. The National Hockey League (NHL) has announced its “return to play” plan. In an extraordinary move dictated by extraordinary times, the league has decided to include the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Frontier Baseball League still exploring a shortened season

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Photo: Luc Lang

The Frontier Baseball League’s board of directors are still exploring options for a shortened 2020 season for this summer. The league’s commissioner, Bill Lee, said in a press release that the league wants to keep everyone involved up to date. “While we would love to be playing baseball, there are many factors involved in the decision as to when or if we will be able to open.”

Quebec Remparts are ready for the upcoming QMJHL draft

Patrick Roy, general manager and head coach of the Quebec Remparts, and his team of hockey scouts are ready for the upcoming annual draft of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). It will be held online.

Patrick Roy wants the 2022 Memorial Cup held in Quebec

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Photo: QMJHL

Quebec Remparts general manager and head coach Patrick Roy wants the team to be host of the 2022 Memorial Cup tournament. Quebec City last hosted the event in 2015; it was also the last sporting event held at the Colisée.

Hockey quiz: How well do you remember the Nordiques?

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Photo: sportsnet.ca

The Nordiques left Quebec City in 1995 for Denver to become the Colorado Avalanche, after being in the Vieille Capitale since 1972. The team started in the now defunct World Hockey Association and joined the National Hockey League in 1979, along with Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Hartford.

Quebec’s Jakob Pelletier wins the Frank J. Selke Trophy

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Photo: Vincent Ethier/QMJHL

Quebec City’s Jakob Pelletier, who currently plays for the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, has been named the 2019-2020 winner of the Frank J. Selke Trophy, awarded to the league’s most sportsmanlike player.

Golfers among those who may practise their sports during COVID-19

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Photo: The Golf Channel

Golfers, get your clubs ready for May 20. That is the date when Isabelle Charest, Quebec’s junior minister of education and minister for the status of women, announced that golf, and several other sports, will be allowed to be played as the first step in reviving sports activities throughout the province.

Baseball movies to watch while the major leagues are on hold

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Photo: imdb.com

Normally, at this time of year, Major League Baseball is almost two months into the season, and fans have started to fill in the ballots for the upcoming All-Star game in mid-July.

St. Lawrence Lions receive many RSEQ awards

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Photo: St. Lawrence Lions Facebook page

Alexis Kayonga of the men’s basketball team at CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence (SLC) was named the 2019-2020 Most Valuable Player of the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) Division 2 section.

Capitales manager Scalabrini still looking to upgrade his team

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Photo: Luc Lang

Pat Scalabrini, manager of the Québec Capitales, is waiting at home for the start of training camp, instead of being on a baseball field.

St. Lawrence Lions hand out annual sports awards online

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Photo: St. Lawrence Lions Facebook page

The COVID-19 pandemic changed the whole world – including sports – this spring. Like other colleges and universities, CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence (SLC) had to find a different way to honour its student-athletes.

Pro-Am Gagné-Bergeron, tennis and cycling events on hold

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Photo: Luc Lang

The organizers of the 12th annual Pro-Am Gagné-Bergeron, which was to take place at the Videotron Centre on Aug. 6, have officially cancelled the event for 2020.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and with the Quebec government’s ban on large-scale events until Aug. 31, there was no possible way this popular fundraising hockey game could be held.

Fighting Irish Seniors committed to RSEQ Division 1 football

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Photo: St. Patrick’s High football team

The St. Patrick’s High School football program is producing more and more players who are being recruited by CEGEP football teams in the province of Quebec. The players all want to follow in the footsteps of Edward Godin, who currently plays for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League.

Québec Capitales have different scenarios for the 2020 season

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Photo: Luc Lang

The Québec Capitales baseball team, along with the other 13 teams in the newly expanded Frontier League, are looking at different scenarios for the 2020 season, which has been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

During a telephone interview with the QCT on April 18, team president Michel Laplante said the league is looking at June 15 to start the season.

Quebec City athletes nominated for SPORTSQUÉBEC awards

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Photo: QMJHL

The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed another sports victim – the 47th annual SPORTSQUÉBEC gala.

Sports movies – a good way to replace live events

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Photo: thewrap.com

At this time of year, sports fans usually have lots of games to choose from, both on television and online.

Remparts players on NHL Central Scouting final list

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Photo: Jonathan Roy, Remparts

Three players from the Quebec Remparts hockey team made it onto the final list of the Central Scouting Bureau of the National Hockey League (NHL). In total, 37 players from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) are on the list for the NHL’s upcoming draft, which will be held online.

Desgagnés and Forteza named Rouge et Or Athletes of the Year

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Photo: Université Laval

For the first time in 69 years, the annual Université Laval Rouge et Or sports gala was not a big, busy human event held on campus. This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic that has everyone isolated at home, the event had to be held online.

Over 500 student-athletes wore the red and gold colours of Université Laval sports teams in 2019-2020.

Virtual motorsports aid in the race to cure COVID-19

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As people of the world find creative ways to stay connected while doing their part to combat COVID-19, veteran race car driver Bertrand Godin will use his talent to fight the virus in a unique way. Godin will be behind the wheel of car No. 77, sporting the colours of Groupe à l’infini.

COVID-19 halts St. Pat’s dreams of winning regional titles

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Photo: St. Patrick’s High Fighting Irish

The COVID-19 pandemic has dashed the dreams of two of St. Patrick’s High School’s seven basketball teams. The two had hoped to win a Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) banner for the 2019-2020 season, in the Québec–Chaudière-Appalaches conference.

Remparts, QMJHL and CHL fall victim to COVID-19

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Photo: Quebec Remparts

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an impact on the world of sports. The Canadian Hockey League (CHL) has announced that, for the first time in its 102-year history, the Memorial Cup won’t be played. And that cancellation has led to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) announcing that there won’t be any playoffs this spring.

QHS Blazers basketball teams forced to cancel their seasons

Local high school sports teams fell victim to the COVID-19 virus, and the Blazers from Quebec High School were not immune.

In a school that has 330 students, the Blazers fielded seven basketball teams in 2019-20. “This is great, considering the size of QHS,” wrote Danny Weston, the school’s athletic director, in an email interview.

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