QMJHL teams back on the ice for training camp to begin

QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. —With summer almost over and the beginning of August, junior hockey fans begin to smell hockey. For 18 QMJHL teams, it means the beginning of training camps, for players, it means working to keep their jobs, for others to impress the coaching staff or to force the hand of organizations to find place for player who impresses the most.
In Quebec, 46 players will report to general manager and head coach Patrick Roy on Sunday afternoon with first on ice session on Monday morning. Several players will miss the beginning of training camp due to participation to international tournament (Anthony Duclair, Ivan Hlinka tournament), Adam Erne (American team under 18), Mikhail Grigorenko (team Russia-Canada-Russia challenge), Alex Rioux (France National junior Team), Nikita Kucherov (drafted in last Canadian Hockey League European draft by Quebec will miss training camp due to shoulder injury, won’t expect to be back before November) and finally Patrick Walsh (won’t be available before December due to summer shoulder surgery).
Quebec will play four pre-season games, with first one on August 17 in Rimouski against the Oceanic. Rimouski will come to Quebec on August 18 to play the Remparts.
The last two exhibitions games for Quebec will be against the Shawinigan Cataractes, in Quebec on August 24th and in Shawinigan on the 25th.
Quebec will open the 2012-13 regular season on September 21st facing Chicoutimi Sagueneens in le Colisee Pepsi.
Elsewhere in the league, in Acadie-Bathurst, players will report on Tuesday August 14th, with first on ice session on August 16th. First pre-season game will be in Moncton against the Wildcats on Saturday August 18th.  
In Baie-Comeau, the Drakkar and their new head coach Eric Veilleux (former Shawinigan head coach) welcomed players on Sunday August 12 with on ice session on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. First pre-season game will be on Thursday August 16 against Chicoutimi.
In Blainville-Boisbriand, the Armada head coach Jean-Francois Houle and the organization welcomed players on Sunday August 12th with first practice on August 13 -15. The Armada will play their first pre-season game at home on the 17 facing the Gatineau Olympiques. Three other exhibition games will be play at home, (August 26th, Sherbrooke (new team in QMJHL), August 31st against Val-d’Or and September 14th against Drummondville Voltigeurs).
On the road Blainville-Boisbriand will be in Gatineau on August 18th, in Sherbrooke on August 24 and in Drummondville on September 7th.
In Cape Breton, training camp opened on Sunday August 12th with first on ice practice the following day with first pre-season game on Sunday August 19th in Halifax against the Mooseheads.
In Chicoutimi, the organization welcomed their players on Sunday August 12th with on ice session the following day. Fist pre-season game will be on Thursday August 16th against Baie-Comeau.
In Drummondville, the Voltigeurs welcomed their players on Sunday August 12th with physical test on the 13th and first training session on the ice on the 14th   Sherbrooke will play Drummondville in first pre-season game on Friday August 17th .
In Gatineau, the coaching staff Benoit Groulx and his new addition in coaching staff Eric Landry welcomed players on Sunday August 12 with physical test on 13th and first on ice practice on 14th. The Olympiques will play their first pre-season game on Friday the 17 against Blainville-Boisbriand.
In Halifax, 30 rookies will battle from Wednesday August 15 to 19 playing two exhibitions games against Cape Breton rookies on August 18 and 19. Veteran players will report on Monday August 20. The Mooseheads decide to not play intra-squad game this year.
The Mooseheads will play a total of 8 pre-seasons game with first one against Moncton on the 25th.
Ten other teams in QMJHL welcomed players to begin their training camp, Moncton, Prince Edward Island Rocket, Rimouski Oceanic, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, Saint John Sea Dogs, Shawinigan Cataractes, Sherbrooke Phoenix, Val-d’Or Foreurs and Victoriaville Tigres and will be ready for another interesting 2012-13 QMJHL regular season promise to be exciting.
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