Foreurs host Charlottetown club tonight in QMJHL action
Julien Leduc will be wearing the visiting colours for the first time tonight at the Centre air Creebec in Val-d’Or, Que.
The 19-year-old Charlottetown Islanders defenceman leads his team into Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action against the Val-d’Or Foreurs. He was 16 years old when he started patrolling the Foreurs’ blue-line. During his three seasons wearing the green and gold he made many friends.
“A lot of them are still there,” Leduc said. “It’s going to be exciting for sure. It’s going to be weird (playing them).”
The Islanders are 6-0-0-1 while the Foreurs are 3-4. Val-d’Or is a dangerous team with Detroit Red Wings draft pick Anthony Mantha tied for the league lead in points. He has eight goals and six assists in five games.
“I can’t wait to get on the ice,” Leduc said. “It’s going to be exciting to get the W there.”
Former P.E.I. Rocket right-winger Louick Marcotte was traded to the Foreurs at the QMJHL Draft for a first-round pick. The Islanders chose Alexandre Goulet with the selection. Marcotte has three goals and nine assists in seven games this season while Goulet has three goals and a helper in seven games.
Val-d’Or eliminated P.E.I. from the first round of the playoffs last spring.
The Islanders go into the game following a 5-3 come-from-behind victory Wednesday in Gatineau. Charlottetown trailed 3-1 heading to the third but pulled out the victory.
“That was a big character win,” Leduc said.
Asked what was the difference in the third period, he said, “We were playing with urgency, more intense. . . We played a lot simpler, put the puck deep and finished some checks.”
The victory vaulted the Islanders into top spot in the QMJHL. They are one point ahead of Blainville-Boisbriand (6-0-0-0), but have played one more game.
The Islanders moved up the BMO Canadian Hockey League’s top-10 list one spot this week. The list was released before Wednesday’s games.
The Islanders are now eighth after going 1-0-0-1 last week.
Blainville-Boisbriand is the
No. 1-ranked club, moving up from second a week ago. The London Knights of the OHL dropped from first last week to fourth after splitting two games.
Breast cancer awareness
The Islanders will wear pink jerseys in their home game Friday, Oct. 11, against Cape Breton as part of the league's annual breast cancer awareness campaign.
The jerseys will be auctioned off after the game with proceeds going to help fight breast cancer. The initiative raised nearly $140,000 league-wide last year.
The Islanders are teaming up with Eastside Mario’s in Charlottetown for a fundraising spaghetti dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 9. The first setting goes from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., with the second from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
“Cancer affects pretty much all of us. We’re just happy to be able to lend our players to the cause,” said Trent Birt, the team’s vice-president of operations.
“People support our players all year and this is an opportunity for them to sit back, relax and have our players wait on them,” he added. “It's a fun night and it’s something we’re certainly honoured to be able to help out with.”
Both sittings will also see prize draws for Islanders merchandise and Eastside Mario’s gift certificates.
The $15 dinner includes, bread, spaghetti a beverage and $5 voucher for another visit to Eastside Mario’s. Tickets are available at Eastside Mario’s, CIBC branch locations and the Islanders office. They can also be ordered by phone at 892-7349. There are 200 tickets available and a sellout is expected.