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2022 Centenary Cup Recap: Saturday, May 21

After nearly a decade, but not quite, the LHJAAAQ champions will finally take to the ice in the Canadian National Junior A Championship in search of a historic title for Quebec

Collge Français de Longueuil eventually playing for the Canadian National Junior A Championship.

After drawing painfully close during his decade-long success in the Ligue de Hockey Junior AAA du Québec (LHZAAQ), Longueil is skipping the move he has historically stumbled upon – the Fred Page Cup.

In six appearances in the East Region tournament since 2011, Collge Française has lost in the regional finals (2011, 2018), lost in the semi-finals (2015, 2016, 2017) and missed the playoffs altogether (2013).

But with regionals canceled in the wake of the COVID-19 shutdown affecting Junior A leagues across the country, Longueil’s sixth league title in the past 10 full seasons is a path straight to the 2022 Centennial Cup, presented by Tim Hortons. has been done.

“It’s a great opportunity,” says Longueil head coach Eric Bouchard. “It’s great visibility for our league, for the city of Longueil. It’s also a great experience for our players. We’ve worked hard to get here. We’ve been there from day one of training camp to this day. We’re building, and we’ve made really good progress throughout the season. So, we’re excited to be here. It’s going to be a great, great experience.”

The key to College France’s success this season? In fact, on both ends of the snow is really good.

To no one’s surprise, Longueil scored 265 goals in 41 games, and scored a lot. Canada had a better average of 6.46 goals per game than all other 118 Junior A teams; Only three other teams – LHJAAAQ rivals Saint-Jerome (6.36) and Beauce-Appalaches (6.05), and Brooks Bandits (6.18) – scored more than six goals in a game.

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The College Français balanced its offense; Maxime Gagne won the LHJAAAQ scoring title with 94 points (40-54-94), but four other players had a 50-point campaign and the other three reached a 30-point plateau.

So the crime was there, as expected.

But somewhat surprisingly, Collège Français was extremely stingy at the defensive end, allowing a league-low 105 goals – 55 fewer than Saint-Jerome, who had the second-best defensive number.

Simon Berube (7-1, 2.38 GAA), Frederic Duteau-Labonte (12-1, 2.43 GAA) and Mathis Lacroix-Goulet (15-5, 2.66 GAA) saw three goalscorers with three goalscorers, four in the LHJAAAQ ended up as three. Netminders to post against the sub-3.00 target-average.

The 200-foot breakthrough helped Longueil rise to the top of the LHJAAAQ with only four regulation-time losses in 41 games, and after a slight stumbling block in the first round of the playoffs, when it went down 2–1 to Granby. Gaya, then it rolled into the league final, defeating Beauce-Appalache in five matches, winning 11 of their last 13 postseason competitions.

“I think our defensive game is helping us get more time with the puck,” Bouchard says. “If we play well without the puck, we should have more puck possession. And I think this is where we are building our offensive zone.”

Now Collge Français gets a chance on the big stage, looking to become the first Quebec-based team to win a national title and the first team to reach the championship game since Chateaugue in 1993.

Longueuil opens its Centenary Cup event on May 19 against the Alberta Junior Hockey League champions, the Brooks Bandits.

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How did they get to Estevan?

Ligue de Hockey Junior AAA do Quebeca
Quarterfinal: beat Granby 4-2 (2-3, 4-2, 1-5, 2-1 OT, 6-2, 21) Semifinal: beat Terrebonne 4-1 (5-3, 1-5, 4) -2, 8-4, 8-3) LHJAAAQ Championship: beat Beauce-Appalache 4-1 (6-2, 0-3, 3-0, 6-4, 6-4)

regular season

Records (WL-OTL): 34-4-3 (First in LHJAAAQ) Goals: 265 (First in LHJAAAQ) Goals Against: 105 (First in LHJAAAQ) Power Plays: 192 for 55 (28.7% – Fourth in LHJAAAQ) Penalty Killing: 121 out of 142 (85.2% – 1st in LHZAAQ) Longest winning streak: 18 (October 29-March 3) Top 3 scorers: • Maxime Gagne – 40g 54a 94p (1st in LHZAQ) • Frederic Latendresse – 30g 34a 64P (18th in LHJAAAQ) • Owen Stammer – 30G 32A 62P (20th in LHJAAAQ)


Record: 12-4 Goals for: 64 Goals Against: 44 Power Plays: 59 for 17 (28.8%) Penalty Killings: 38 out of 49 (77.6%) Top 3 Scorers: • Maxim Gagne – 12G 19A 31P • Tommy Bouchard – 12G 8A 20P • Chris Roy – 10G 7A 17P

National Championship History

1990 – Siers de Longueil | Fourth place | 1-4 | 16GF 34GA



CJHL Top 20 Ranking

4 October – 17 October 11 – Rank No October 18 – 25 October Rank No – 1 November – Honorable Mention November 8 – 12 November 15 – 10 November 22 – 7 November 29 – 9th December 6 – 5 December 13 – 3 December 20 – 5 February 7 – 5 February 14 – 5 February 21 – 2 February 28 – 2 March 7 – 2 March 14 – 2 March 21 – 2nd

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