Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Harvey, Gagne Commit

According to Victor Findlay - and the U Sports Letter of Intent Registry - the defending University Cup champion University of New Brunswick Reds have received a commitment from goaltender Samuel Harvey and defenceman Benjamin Gagne.

With the departure of Alex Dubeau the Reds were in need of a goaltender to pair with the returning Rylan Parenteau and in Harvey they land arguably the most sought after CHL netminder on the market.

The 6', 185 pound product of Alma, Quebec spent his entire five year junior career with the QMJHL's Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, posting a career record of 129-46-9. He was especially spectacular in his final two seasons. He went 30-9-2 with a 2.10 GAA and 0.930 save percentage in 2017-2018 before going 35-8-0 with a 2.08 GAA and 0.926 save percentage this past season, backstopping the Huskies to their first Memorial Cup championship. Harvey recently attended the Florida Panthers development camp.

Benjamin Gagne - a 6', 183 pound native of Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Quebec - split his five year QMJHL career between the Drummondville Voltigeurs, Quebec Remparts, and Saint John Sea Dogs, amassing 28 goals and 77 assists in 299 games. Much like Harvey, his final two seasons were by far his best. He put up 10 goals and 28 assists in 66 games for the Remparts in 2017-2018. He then entered the 2018-2019 season as the Remparts captain (after former and future teammate Matthew Boucher graduated) and contributed 6 goals and 13 assist in 35 games before being dealt to a rebuilding Sea Dogs squad, where he ended his junior career with 4 goals and 12 assists in 30 games.

With Harvey, Gagne, and fellow defenceman Zachary Lauzon committed for the upcoming season the Reds will now most likely focus on bolstering their forward ranks over the coming months.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

News And Notes: Development Camps, Lauzon, Maillet, Murray, Tickets

Some tidbits as the off-season creeps past the halfway mark:

- A number of Reds players participated in NHL development camps last week. Stephen Anderson and Mark Simpson joined former star Christopher Clapperton at Ottawa Senators camp while Matthew Boucher was attending the Pittsburgh Penguins camp.

- Head coach Gardiner MacDougall was also busy as he was invited to the Detroit Red Wings camp as a guest coach.

- Defenceman Zachary Lauzon, who has reportedly committed to play at UNB next year pending a pro offer, was also at Pittsburgh's camp. The big defenceman is a former 2nd round draft pick of the Penguins, but went unsigned after suffering several injuries. He has only played 25 games for the QMJHL's Rouyn-Noranda Huskies over the last two years - including none this past year - due to a concussion and a foot injury. He is a former QMJHL Defensive D-Man of the Year and is the younger brother of Boston Bruins defenceman Jeremy Lauzon.

- Former UNB forward - and U Sports Player of the Year - Philippe Maillet has signed a two-year, two-way, 1.4M contract with the Washington Capitals. Maillet has spent the last two years with the AHL's Ontario Reign (Los Angeles), posting 94 points in 140 games. He had a career high 54 points in 68 games last year. Maillet joins Darryl Boycs, Rob Hennigar, Kevin Henderson, and Hunter Tremblay as former UNB players who have signed NHL deals in the past 13 years.

- Maillet's former teammate Jordan Murray has agreed to a one year contract to return to the Belleville Senators, Ottawa's AHL affiliate. Murray contributed 26 points in 54 games last season and is the franchise leader in goals (17), assists (32), and points (49) for a defenceman.

- All-sport season passes for the 2019 - 2020 season went on sale earlier today. New purchases can be made at the box office or online while renewals can only be done in person. There doesn't appear to be much of a change from previous years in terms of prices (Adults - $225, Seniors/Staff - $200, Youth/Student - $75) or accessibility (tickets are valid for all Reds home exhibition, tournament, conference, and playoff games). Please note that season pass holders from last year have until September 30th to renew their past season's seats.