EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – Another great move by the Edmundston Blizzard who acquired superstar Samuel Grégoire, captain of the Collège Champlain Cougars during the 2019-20 season of the Quebec College Hockey League (QCHL)
Selected as the QCHL’s most valuated player last year, Grégoire, 20, finished fifth in scoring with 22 goals and 33 assists for 55 points in just 29 games. He only trailed the league’s top scorer by four points. He would certainly have won the scoring title if he had played all Cougars 36 games.
Collège Champlain won the 12-team league championship with a total of 51 points (24-9-3). In addition of his MVP, Grégoire earned a spot on the QCHL First All-Star Team.
Grégoire has played the last three seasons at Collège Champlain, under coach Stephan Lebeau, a former NHL player with the Montreal Canadiens and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.
“I am very excited to start the new season with the Blizzard! I had only good words about the Blizzard. It seems like a great organization. In addition, I already know a few players in the team, so I expect an easy integration,” said the 5’9” forward, originally from Orford, a Quebec municipality located southwest of Sherbrooke.
For Blizzard head coach Emery Olauson, this important acquisition adds luster to the offensive front line.
“As with our other recent additions Samuel fills an important hole left in our roster from last year. We expect he will be a top performer on the ice and add maturity to an already deep and experienced core of forwards. After bringing Gagnon (Tristan) over for his 20-year-old season from the league we wanted to go back to that same league to try to complete our roster. I think our forward group will be a force to be reckoned with when the MHL resumes!”, said coach Olauson.
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Samuel Grégoire (Photo courtesy)
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Source: Hugues Chiasson