Truro, N.S. (June 8, 2020) – The Edmundston Blizzard made Jérémie Thibodeau and Noah Gibbs, two 16-yard-old players, their two territorial picks in the Maritime Junior Hockey League (MHL) entry draft.
The two hockey players were teammates last season with the Fredericton Office Interiors Caps of the NBPEIMMHL.
Thibodeau is a 6’0’’ and 168 lbs defenseman from Saint-Léonard. He had a goal and 19 assists in 36 games last season. He had the opportunity to play three games with the Blizzard during the 2019-2020 season and he made a good impression.
As for Gibbs, of Saint-Basile, he measures 5’6’’ and weighs 146 lbs according to Elite Prospects web site. Despite a season cut short by injury, he nonetheless took part in 17 games, tallying 6 goals and 8 assists. He did well in the playoffs with 3 goals and 3 assists in 6 games.
At last weekend’s QMJHL draft, Thibodeau was selected in the 4th round (74th overall) by the Chicoutimi Saguenéens. Gibbs was an 8th round pick (135th overall) of the Quebec Remparts.
This year, three teams made the maximum of two selections. Five teams made one selection and will receive a compensation pick following the third round of the Entry Draft. The four teams that did not make a territorial selection will receive compensation picks following rounds two and three of the Entry Draft.
The 2020 MHL Entry Draft will take place June 13th beginning at 10 a.m., with live coverage of the first two rounds in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland on Eastlink Community TV, channels 10 and 610, and also available in New Brunswick on Rogers TV, channel 10. Full draft results will be available at themhl.ca and @THEMHL on Twitter.
The territorial draft selections are as follows:
|Edmundston||Thibodeau, Jerermie||D||Saint Leonard, NB||Fredericton Caps||2004-03-18||6’0″||168 lbs|
|Gibbs, Noah||F||Saint Basile, NB||Fredericton Caps||2004-05-27||5’6″||146 lbs|
|Fredericton||Gweon, Andrew||F||Fredericton, NB||Fredericton Caps Midget AAA||2004-05-15||5’9″||162 lbs|
|Miramichi||Schofield, William||F||Renous, NB||Northern Moose||2003-02-08||5’10”||141 lbs|
|Pictou County||Avery, Kiefer||F||New Glasgow, NS||Weeks Major Midgets||2004-02-12||6’2″||154 lbs|
|South Shore||Hopkins, Kyle||D||Conquerall Bank, NS||South Shore Mustangs||2004‐01‐31||6’1″||175 lbs|
|Summerside||McNeill,Sid||D||Summerside, PEI||Oakland MI Jr.Grizzlies U15||2004-04-08||5’7″||137 lbs|
|Truro||Schmitt, Brayden||D||Truro, NS||Weeks Major Midgets||2004‐03‐18||5’9″||145 lbs|
|Currie, Bryson||D||Truro, NS||Weeks Major Midgets||2004‐02‐05||5’7″||150 lbs|
|Valley||MacLeod, Aiden||F||Kentville, NS||Valley Wildcats||2004‐02‐25||5’10”||175 lbs|
|Clarke, Aiden||D||Port Williams, NS||Valley Wildcats||2002‐12‐26||5’10”||180 lbs|
Jérémie Thibodeau (photo from Facebook)
Noah Gibbs (photo from Facebook)
Sources : Hugues Chiasson, Blizzard VP Communications (firstname.lastname@example.org), and James Faulkner, MHL Director of Communications (email@example.com).