Jocelyn Thibault believes that the QMJHL still has a lot of work to do to be attractive to American players.
Share June 8, 2020 6:32 p.m. Updated at 11:41 p.m. Share American draft: the QMJHL must launch its charm operation
Jérôme Gaudreau La Tribune SHERBROOKE – The file of American players in the QMJHL returns every year to the office of Commissioner Gilles Courteau. The stakes are high: to be able to compete against the OHL and the Western Canadian League. But to succeed in attracting the Americans, the QMJHL will have to launch above all a charm operation to better sell its program and change the culture established in New England, according to the general manager Jocelyn Thibault.
Much effort has been made in the past by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League to break the trend. The arrival of teams from the Maritimes helped attract Americans. We will remember among others Conor Garland of the Moncton Wildcats, champion scorer in 2015 and 2016.
“The American territory reserved for the OHL and the WHL is larger and easier to conquer. In Arizona and California, hockey is gaining in importance, which is profitable for the WHL. For our part, we must limit ourselves to New England, where there is a high concentration of good quality college, university or prep school programs. It is extremely prestigious for Americans to get a scholarship to a good college playing sports and I understand them. “
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