CJHL League of the Week: LHJAAAQ

CALGARY, Alta. – While normally, the Canadian Junior Hockey League would be on the verge of its four regional championship events to see who would earn a berth to the Centennial Cup, however all the games across the country remain on hiatus.

In the meantime, the CJHL continues its weekly features on the 10 leagues that comprise it.

With the latest, here’s a look at the Quebec AAA Junior Hockey League.

Commissioner: Kevin Figsby

Website: lhjaaaq.com

Twitter: @LHJAAAQ

REGULAR SEASON: Long-time league power, Collège Français Longueuil, finished on top of the 12-team standings with a solid 37-9-1-1 overall record.

They had a crisp 8-1-1 run to wrap-up the campaign to finish one point ahead of the 36-9-2-1 Braves de Valleyfield to secure their latest regular season crown.

Le Titan de Princeville (32-8-2-6) were also in the hunt as they ended up just four points out of top spot after skating to the league championship in 2018-19.

TOP SCORERS: The Princeville trio of Alex Plamondon, William Bergeron and Matthew Newbury finished first, second and tied for third respectively in LHJAAAQ scoring.

All three surpassed the 100-point plateau, led by Plamondon’s league-best 116.

Newbury topped all skaters in tallies with 53 with Plamondon right behind him with 52 while Bergeron racked up 80 assists.

In his second season in the LHJAAAQ, Nicolas St-Pierre, 20, of les Braves de Valleyfield had his best career single campaign, boasting a plus-40 rating, while supplying 13 goals and 43 assists for 56 points in 47 games.

His offensive numbers dominated all rearguards in the Quebec circuit.

TOP TENDERS: In his third season of Junior A hockey, 20-year-old Gabriel Waked dominated all goalkeepers with 28 wins in 35 outings for Collège Français Longueuil.

Waked also had a 2.56 goals-against average along with a .904 save percentage.

After him was Valleyfield’s Emerik Demers.

The Braves stopper posted a very respectable 22-6-1-1 overall record with an average of 3.00 and a .908 save mark.

LHJAAAQ NOTES: A 13th team is slated to join the league next season as the Condors – Cégep Beauce-Appalaches are gearing up to hit the ice. … A trio of clubs ended up in the final CJHL Top 20 Rankings for the year. … Collège Français Longueuil were tabbed 11th in the last listings while Valleyfield and Princeville came in at 14th and 19th respectively. … Collège Français Longueuil sported the top four players in plus-minus in league action. … Jérémy Laframboise boasted an impressive plus-75 mark while teammates Charles Tremblay (+73); Philippe Chapleau (+64) and Tristan Lamothe (+51) had impressive totals in this category. … 2019-20 LHJAAAQ Award Winners: MVP: Charles Tremblay, (F) Le Collège Français de Longueuil; Top Forward: Alex Plamondon, Le Titan de Princeville; Top Defenceman: Nicolas St. Pierre, Les Braves de Valleyfield; Top Goaltender: Gabriel Waked, Le Collège Français de Longueuil; Rookie of the Year: Anthony Di Cesare, (F) Les Braves de Valleyfield; Coach of the Year: Éric Bouchard, Le Collège Français de Longueuil; Regular Season champion: Le Collège Français de Longueuil.

With files from Yves Bolduc, Assistant to the Commissioner (LHJAAAQ)