Sports

Local athletes compete in international aerials, judo and speedskating

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Photo: Lewis Irving from QCT archives

Even though COVID-19 has led to the cancellation or postponement of major events in many sports, some competitions in individual sports have gone ahead during the second part of the 2020-21 winter season, giving local athletes opportunities to measure up against global competition.

Patrick Roy makes two trades as Remparts season restarts

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Patrick Roy, general manager and head coach of the Quebec Remparts, made two trades last week with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar as his team prepared to restart their 2020-21 season in Rimouski.

In the first trade, Roy acquired defenceman Alex Falardeau, 18, for a sixth-round draft pick in 2023, a draft pick that Baie-Comeau had traded to Quebec a few months earlier.

A special season awaits NHL players, teams and fans in 2021

The 2020-21 season of the National Hockey League (NHL) got underway on Jan. 13 with five games, including the first of 10 meetings between the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The late start was due to the completion of the Stanley Cup playoffs last fall and the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Remparts return to action on Jan. 23 in Rimouski

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Photo: QMJHL

After a month-and-a-half layoff, the Quebec Remparts will get back in action along with the other 17 teams of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) starting on Jan. 21.

The league’s Quebec teams will be in four different protected playing environments, similar to the one put in place at the Videotron Centre in late November.

2021 should see its share of sporting events, including Olympics

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain photo by Alex Groykhman

The year 2020 is now behind us, and in 2021, fans will get to see their share of sporting events. This will hopefully include the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League modifies playoff format

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Photo: QMJHL

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) assembly of members voted unanimously on Dec. 22 to modify the format of the standings and the playoffs for this season, due to the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sports books that you must read, COVID-19 or not

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Photo: Penguin Random House Canada

With the local sports scene pretty quiet, now is the time to check local bookstores, libraries and websites for a good sports book that will keep you busy for a while.

Pee-Wee Tournament to build back bigger

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Photo: Luc Lang

The Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament may be cancelled for 2021, but it will be back bigger and stronger in 2022.

That was the promise made by the tournament’s president, Michel Plante, and general manager, Patrick Dom, during a press conference at the Videotron Centre on Dec. 15.

In 2022, the tournament will grow by 24 teams, for a total of 144.

Sports traditions remain on television during the holidays

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Photo: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The holidays are here and with them come the usual Christmas and New Year’s Day traditions.

Although traditional holiday gatherings and visits are restricted during this holiday season, there are some TV traditions that remain and will hopefully bring cheer during these hard times.

Year-end honours for COVID fighters

THE LUC-KY AWARDS

It has become a tradition, here at the QCT, that in the last issue of the year, we present the annual “LUC-ky” Awards, handed to the female and male athletes of the year, along with the best team.

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