BOUCHERVILLE, Saturday, January 7th, 2012 – The trade period of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League is now officially over and several players found new homes.
Two of the biggest deals of the day were made right at the deadline. Brandon Gormley, the star defenseman of the Moncton Wildcats, was traded to the Shawinigan Cataractes for defenseman Michael Matheson (94-02-27) as well as both their 5th round picks in 2012 (the second acquired from Lewiston), their first pick in the 2013 Import Draft as well as for 3rd and 5th round picks in 2013 and their 2nd round pick in 2014. Gormley has collected a total of 27 points this season, including 10 goals and was just recently named best defenseman at the World Junior Championship.
In another major deal, the Gatineau Olympiques sent right-winger Jean-Gabriel Pageau to Chicoutimi for a 1st round pick in 2013 (acquired by Blainville-Boisbriand) and 1st and 2nd round choices in 2014. Pageau has scored on average 1 goal per game this season (23 goals in 23 games) and has a total of 39 points. Moreover, the Saguenéens sent Stephane Matteau (94-02-23) and a 3rd round pick in 2013 to the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada for their 3rd round pick in 2012, 1st round pick in 2013 and 2nd round pick in 2014.
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles right-winger David Rose joined the Baie-Comeau Drakkar in exchange for their 3rd round pick in 2013. Cape Breton also welcomed Blaiville-Boisbriand Armada Michael Clarke (93-05-20) by handing over their 4th round pick in 2012 and 6th round pick in 2013. In 41 games so far this season with the Armada, Clarke scored 7 goals and added 14 assists for a total of 21 points with a +/- of +5. During the past two seasons, Rose scored 32 goals and added 66 assists for a total of 98 points while maintaining a +/- of +12.
Logan Shaw (92-10-05), the Screaming Eagles all-star right-winger, will now be wearing the colours of the Quebec Remparts, while Raphaël Corriveau (94-05-12) and Simon Desmarais (94-03-22) will battle it out for Cape Breton.
In another deal, the Remparts sent goaltender Alexandre Veronneau (93-05-03) to the Drummondville Voltigeurs in exchange for their 6th round pick in 2013. They also traded Mathieu Boily (95-05-21) and their 7th round pick in 2013 to Gatineau for a 4th round pick in 2012.
Quebec gave up their 6th and 9th round pick in 2013 to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in exchange for Robbie Defulviis (92-02-05) and Austin Cangelosi (94-08-27). The Remparts then sent their 6th round pick in 2013 and Defulviis to the Rimouski Océanic for Maxime Fortier (94-06-11). Defulviis scored 21 goals and added 20 assists in 90 games with the Huskies.
The Rimouski Océanic traded Alex Emond (91-09-16), Guillaume Gauthier (95-09-12) and their 5th round pick in 2012 to Drummondville for defenseman Jean-Philippe Mathieu (91-03-31) and their 3rd round pick in 2013.
The Voltigeurs also sent their 8th round pick in 2012 to the Chicoutimi Saguenéens for André Napessis (92-11-24). Emond has registered 28 goals and 32 assists in 91 games these two past seasons for the Rimouski Océanic, while Gauthier has registered 3 goals and 3 assists. Mathieu has played 90 games with the Voltigeurs and collected 18 goals and 49 assists for a total of 67 points and a +/- of +20.
The Drakkar traded the rights of Andrew Meredith (94-05-16) to the Tigres for their 6th round pick in 2013 and then sent goaltender Antonio Mastropietro (91-07-31) to the Huskies in exchange for their 5th round pick in 2013. Mastropietro is the owner of a .892 percentage 2.74 goals-against-average in 22 games with the Drakkar this season.
The Tigres sent Nick Egan (93-02-09) to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in exchange for their 12th round pick in 2012.
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