Hockey Quebec 2022 High Performance Camp. Every Player Evaluated

Posted on August 29, 2022

NEUTRAL ZONE had three scouts in attendance at the Hockey Quebec 2022 High Performance Camp. The players contending for a spot on the 2023 Equipe Quebec entry into the Canada Winter Games would be evaluated at this camp. These 2007-birth players are also eligible for the 2023 QMJHL draft. This camp presents an excellent preview of…

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QMJHL: After Signing with Vegas, Fleming Headed to Q

Posted on August 4, 2022

Neutral Zone’s Juliette Connors recently featured Joe Fleming, who signed with the Vegas Golden Knights as an undrafted free agent after he attended the organization’s development camp on an invite earlier this summer. Fleming, a punishing 6-foot-1 defenseman, has now signed with the Sherbrooke Phoenix of the QMJHL for next season. Fleming was a Northeastern…

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QMJHL: Saint John Fires Coach Right Before Memorial Cup

Posted on May 22, 2022

You don’t see this every day. The Saint John Sea Dogs will host the Memorial Cup in about a month. On Sunday, the team fired head coach Gordie Dwyer. The Sea Dogs went 47-17-4 this season and fell to Rimouski in the first round of the QMJHL playoffs. Dwyer, 44, is a former NHL forward…

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CHL Bans Russian Players from Import Draft

Posted on April 27, 2022

On Wednesday, the CHL made the announcement that Russian and Belarusian players will be ineligible for this year’s CHL Import Draft on July 1. The ban comes as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which started in February. The league said that the ban will not have an impact on players who are already…

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Posted on January 23, 2022

December 15-18 Neutral Zone sent two of our scouts to Saguenay, Quebec for the annual CCM Challenge.  Originally the tournament was to feature all 15 Quebec M18AAA teams, 5 U18 teams from Atlantic Canada, 2 U15 teams in preparation for Canada Winter Games, and 4 U16 All-Star teams as selected by the QMJHL.  Unfortunately, due…

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NZ CHL Commitment Tracker (1/17)

Posted on January 17, 2022

Each week, in one easy-to-find place, Neutral Zone will wrap up the week’s CHL commitments in a neat and tidy chart, complete with star ratings and links to player profiles, where subscribers can get access to all of our scouting reports on these players, as well as player rankings and more. Click on each player’s…

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QMJHL: Halifax signs former Robert Morris forward

Posted on August 18, 2021

Former Robert Morris forward David Lafrance has signed in the QMJHL with the Halifax Mooseheads for the upcoming season. Lafrance is a 20-year-old and has one season of eligibility left. General Manager Cam Russell said Lafrance will be on the roster when the regular season opens in October. He joins forward Zack Jones and fellow defenceman…

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FREE: Creed Jones Returns to Rimouski

Posted on January 28, 2021

On the eve of the league reopening, there was one final roster move in teh QMJHL on Thursday. The Rimouski Oceanic came to terms with goaltender Creed Jones, reuniting him with the organization after he played a stint with the team last season. Jones, 20, started this season with the Saint John Sea Dogs. Jones…

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FREE: Player Movement in the Q Ahead of Season Restart

Posted on January 27, 2021

Player movement is alive and well in the QMJHL despite so few games being played. The Shawinigan Cataractes announced on Wednesday that they had acquired forward Jordan Briere on waivers along with 2002-born forward Maximilien Ledoux. Briere is a 2001-born center who had five points in 13 games with Val-d’Or Foreurs this season. Last season…

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WHL: Seattle and Edmonton Trade Import Players

Posted on January 25, 2021

The on-ice season in the WHL still hasn’t started yet but the off-ice season is in full swing. The Seattle Thunderbirds and Edmonton Oil Kings completed a trade on Monday, swapping import players. The Oil Kings acquired defenseman Simon Kubicek from the Thunderbirds as well as a conditional pick in the 2023 WHL Draft, in…

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