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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.

SLC Lions to join new Division I hockey conference in 2020-21

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Photo: SLC Lions

The CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence (SLC) Lions men’s hockey program will move up to a new RSEQ (Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec) Division I hockey conference in 2020-21.

In a telephone interview last week, Vincent-Jean Dubé, student affairs counsellor at SLC, confirmed that the Lions will be one of 13 teams in the new division.

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.

Hockey and rugby teams affected by cancellations

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Photo: Luc Lang

On March 16, Quebec AAA Midget Hockey League president Yannick Lévesque announced the cancellation of the remainder of the 2020 playoffs. “Even though the Telus Cup was cancelled, we hoped to finish the playoffs as we were in the middle of the quarterfinals,” said Lévesque.

COVID-19 outbreak puts an end to Remparts regular season

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Photo: Vincent Ethier-QMJHL

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) has announced the end of the 2019-2020 regular season, as have the other members of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), which includes the Ontario and Western Leagues.

Capitales and Frontier League games at the mercy of COVID-19

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Photo: Luc Lang

The Quebec Capitales and the Frontier Baseball League have both issued statements in recent days regarding the possible postponement of the leagues’ opening games due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rouge et Or volleyball players honoured by U Sports

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Photo: Yan Doublet

Despite the fact the U Sports national volleyball championships have been cancelled because of COVID-19, the national university sports organization had time on March 11 to reward its best volleyball players, the women in Calgary and the men in Winnipeg.

Maud Chapleau, a fourth-year Université Laval student from Quebec City, has a place on the U Sports first team All-Canadian for 2019-20.

Sports briefs: Irving concludes season with bronze; hockey news

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Photo: Sportcom

Quebec City freestyle skier Lewis Irving ended the 2020 season on the World Cup circuit by taking bronze at the aerials competition in Krasnoyarsk, Russia on March 8. With this medal, Irving finishes in fifth place for the World Cup.

Lions men’s basketball team get RSEQ Northeast division title

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Photo: St. Lawrence Lions Facebook page

The CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence men’s basketball team won the RSEQ (Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec) Northeast division title, when they defeated the Titans from Cégep de Limoilou 96-78 on March 8. It’s the first title in 10 years for St. Lawrence.

First-ever medal at U Sports track and field championships for Université Laval

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Photo: U Sports

The Université Laval Rouge et Or women’s track and field team has won its first medal ever at the U Sports national championship. The event took place on the campus of the University of Alberta in Edmonton on March 7.