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Wildcats – Year five - 2000-01

In the cyclical world that is Major Junior Hockey, the Moncton Wildcats began the process of building for the future in their fifth year in the Q. In structuring a championship team the year before, key players and high draft picks was the price paid.  It would be two more long seasons before the Cats would return to the playoffs.

Only five of the previous year’s team would play in Moncton.  Jonathan Roy, after undergoing successful cancer treatment, returned just before midseason. In talking of his battle with cancer and his return to hockey, Roy said, “I could not have come back for the 2000-2001 season without the support of my family, the fans and of course Mr. Irving.  The Moncton Wildcats organization was great with me and I will never forget them.”

Trevor Ettinger, Ian Seguin, Patrick Yetman and Olivier Dubuc were the other returnees.  Yetman had an outstanding year leading the Cats in scoring with 101 points in 71 games.  Roy was a distant second with 58 points but played only 45 contests.

The three year contract held by coach Réal Paiement was not renewed.  Tom Coolen became the new head coach and Darrell Young the director of hockey operations.  Both had extensive experience in the university college ranks.

In an effort to boost the team’s fortunes, Coolen and Young went to the free agent market.  Picked up were goaltender Bill Ruggiero, he was joined by defencemen, Scott O’Connor, Dion Hyman, Dallas Beaton and Marc Higginbotham.  To bolster the offence, Collin Circelli, A.J. Howe, Bobby Naylor, Mike Smith and P.J. Lynch were added to the lineup.

rWith the mid-season trading period, Moncton went for youth as the re-building process continued.  They obtained Alma native
James Sanford, Simon St. Pierre and Teddy Kyres from Victoriaville, then sent enforcer and fan favorite, Trevor Ettinger to the Shawinigan Cataractes for a first round draft pick, Justin Roy and Maxime Desruisseaux.  Also coming to the Wildcats were Francois Caron and Daniel Hudgin.  These moves would have an impact on the team of the future.

Draft picks also helped mold the development effort.  Matt Davis, a goaltender from Harvey was joined by forwards Michel Dubé, David Philpott, Matthew Seymour, Mikhail Deev, Stephen Knowles, along with defenceman Julien Lavoie.

Head scout Peter Nevin, a veteran member of the organization termed the year as being the equivalent of having an expansion team.  “When you’re starting over, it takes three years to restructure and rebuild in order to have a highly competitive team.”   

Heading into the Christmas break, the Wildcats were leading the Maritime Division but collapsed down the stretch going from first to last place, failing to win a point in their final 10 games.  They missed the playoffs by a single point.  In a pivotal game with the Titan, with the scored tied, Moncton was assessed a penalty.  With a mere 2 seconds remaining in the game, former Cat Simon Laliberté scored for Acadie-Bathurst, giving his team the win and eliminating the Wildcats from further competition. 

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TOP ROW: Dallas Beaton, Simon St-Pierre, Julien Lavoie, Michel Dube, Teddy Kyres, James Sanford, Matt Seymour, Mike Smith, Mikhail Deev.

MIDDLE ROW: Craig Roper (Equipment Manager), Peter Nevin (Head Scout), Aj Howe, Francois Caron, Justin Roy, Marc Higginbotham, Bob Naylor, Scott O'Connor, Ian Seguin, Dion Hyman, Darrell Young (Director-Hockey Operations), Jean Arsenault (Athletic Trainer).

BOTTOM ROW: Matthew Davis, Daniel Hudgin, Jonathan Roy, Christian LaRue (Asst. Coach), Olivier Dubuc, Tom Coolen (Head Coach), Patrick Yetman, Collin Cercelli, Bill Ruggiero.

 

 

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WILDCATS AWARD WINNERS
Most Valuable Player Bill Ruggiero
Leading Scorer Patrick Yetman
Rookie of the Year Collin Circelli
Outstanding Athletic & Scholastic Performance Daniel Hudgin
Most Improved Player Patrick Yetman
Outstanding Defensive Defenseman Scott O'Connor
Community Spirit Award Jonathan Roy
Players Choice Award Jonathan Roy

 


QMJHL Standings 2000-01

FRANK DILIO CONFERENCE - MARITIMES DIVISION
Team
GP
W
L
T
OTL
PTS
GF
GA
Halifax 72 32 24 10 6 80 235 253
Cape Breton 72 30 37 4 1 65 270 292
Acadie-Bathurst 72 29 38 4 1 63 239 281
Moncton 72 23 41 6 2 54 246 323
 
FRANK DILIO CONFERENCE - EAST DIVISION
Team
GP
W
L
T
OTL
PTS
GF
GA
Baie-Comeau 72 41 23 8 0 90 283 255
Quebec 72 22 36 9 5 58 225 303
Chicoutimi 72 22 39 10 1 55 242 313
Rimouski 72 25 43 2 2 54 268 328
 
ROBERT LEBEL CONFERENCE - WEST DIVISION
Team
GP
W
L
T
OTL
PTS
GF
GA
Val D'Or 72 46 17 7 2 101 369 235
Rouyn-Noranda 72 43 22 5 2 93 318 251
Hull 72 34 28 7 3 78 288 284
Montreal 72 24 35 7 6 61 249 310
 
ROBERT LEBEL CONFERENCE - CENTER DIVISION
Team
GP
W
L
T
OTL
PTS
GF
GA
Shawinigan 72 54 10 6 2 116 375 192
Victoriaville 72 45 21 3 3 96 341 269
Drummondville 72 31 30 5 6 73 246 267
Sherbrooke 72 28 37 4 3 63 245 274

 

2000 QMJHL Entry Draft

RD RA TM Name Birth date Pos. Last team
3 35 MON Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau 1983/03/24 W College C. Lemoyne
4 53 MON Hughs Verpaelst 1984/02/07 G Orford St. Francois
4 63 MON Matthew Davis 1984/04/28 G Fredericton
5 71 MON Julien Lavoie 1984/06/01 D Jonquiere
7 111 MON Sebastien Hains 1983/04/12 D St.-Foy
8 127 MON Richard Leger 1983/11/28 D Louis J. Robichaud
10 159 MON Jeff McDowall 1984/05/14 C Charlottetown
11 175 MON Pierre-Luc Chenier 1983/04/20 W Outaquais
12 191 MON Bradley Calder 1983/04/26 W Cape Breton West
13 199 MON Joe Callahan - D Boston College
13 207 MON Ardell Hawley 1983/01/20 D Cape Breton West
14 215 MON Noah Welch 1982/08/26 D St. Sebastian's (USA)
14 223 MON Matthew Seymour 1983/06/29 C Fredericton
15 231 MON Dave Simard 1983/05/11 C Alma
15 239 MON Adam Gear 1083/01/30 A St. John's

 

2000 CHL Import Draft

RA TM Name Birth date Pos. Last team
19 MON Johnny Oduya 1981/10/01 D Hammarby (Sweden)
41 MON Mikhail Deev 1982/02/25 W Moscow CSKA (Russia)
 

Gametime

AT Blainville-Boisbriand
Mar 21, 2014
Win 6-5
 
VS Blainville-Boisbriand
Mar 24, 2014
Loss 4-1
 
VS Blainville-Boisbriand
Mar 25, 2014
Loss 4-3
 
VS Blainville-Boisbriand
Mar 27, 2014
Win 3-2
 
AT Blainville-Boisbriand
Mar 30, 2014
Loss 4-2