QMJHL Challenge

Press Release – Hockey New Brunswick Male Under 16

Team set for QMJHL Gatorade Excellence Challenge

Fredericton, NB - The Hockey New Brunswick Male Under-16 team will begin its quest for gold this week at the QMJHL Gatorade Excellence Challenge.  The 3rd Annual event will take place at the Centre d'excellence Sports Rousseau in Boisbriand, Quebec; and will feature the provincial teams from each of the Atlantic provinces (New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, PEI & Nova Scotia), as well as two teams from Quebec.

On Sunday April 26th, the team gathered in Fredericton for a short two-day camp to prepare for the upcoming event in Quebec. Today the team will depart for Quebec. Wednesday will be the Under Armour Combine (off-ice & on-ice testing) and then the tournament games will begin on Thursday.

New Brunswick's first game will be at 11:00 a.m. against Newfoundland and Labrador; they also play at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday versus Quebec White.  On Friday New Brunswick will play Quebec Blue at 1:30 p.m.; then they’ll face off against PEI on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  At the conclusion of the preliminary round, New Brunswick will play in the Gold, Bronze or 5th place game on Sunday.

“We are excited for our players to be part of the QMJHL Challenge. We hope that they bring the same intensity and work ethic to Blainville that they showcased in Prince George. This event is a great opportunity for the players to give the scouts a final look going into the draft. It should be an exciting week! “– Éric Bissonnette

Game summaries will be available on the QMJHL website - http://theqmjhl.ca/excellence-challenge/

New Brunswick Roster is below:

Male Under 16


# Name Previous Team
30 Jack Ryan Bishop’s College School
77 Jacob Stewart Saint John Major Midget


2 Cole Easton Fredericton Major Midget
4 Dominik Reid Ontario Hockey Academy
18 Alex Lavoie Fredericton Major Midget
20 Denis Toner Fredericton Major Midget
27 Tristan Mercure Moncton Major Midget
44 Tyler Smith Saint John Major Midget


8 Walker Campbell Miramichi Major Midget
9 Ethan Crossman Notre Dame Major Midget
10 Michael Cyr Fredericton Major Midget
11 Christopher Ferron Miramichi Major Midget
14 Samuel Leblanc Rothesay Netherwood
15 Samuel Bastille Moncton Major Midget
19 William Basque Miramichi Major Midget
53 Curran Daley Miramichi Major Midget
81 Michael Joseph Moncton Major Midget
86 Ben Reid Saint John Major Midget
88 Peyton Hoyt Fredericton Major Midget
89 Pierre Bourgoin Rothesay Netherwood


Head Coach – Eric Bissonnette

Assistant Coach – Josh Hepditch

Assistant Coach – Mike Gillingham

Goalie Coach – Kyle MacDonald

Director of Operations – Norbert Laforge

Trainer – Jessica Sears

Equipment Manager – Mike Burrell

For further information contact:

Mike Gillingham

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