Avalanche prospect Peter Delmas will be wearing a new sweater when the 2009-10 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League seasons kicks off.
Delmas, who played the last three seasons with the Lewiston MAINEiacs, was sent to the Quebec Remparts in a blockbuster trade on Friday when the QMJHL trade period officially got underway.
|Delmas, who spent the last three seasons with the Lewiston MAINEiacs, will have a new home when the 2009-10 season gets underway |
In what many considered to be the biggest trade of the day, the Remparts acquired Delmas, Danick Paquette, Patrick Cusack, Dominic Savoie and a first-round pick in the 2010 Import Draft from the MAINEiacs for Samuel Carrier, Sebastien Trudeau, first and third-round picks in the QMJHL Entry Draft and a first-round selection in the 2010 Import Draft.
By acquiring Delmas, the Remparts received a talented netminder who should benefit from working with former Avalanche goaltender and Quebec head coach Patrick Roy.
Delmas appeared in a team-high 38 games for Lewiston during the 2008-09 campaign and led the MAINEiacs to a berth in the QMJHL Playoffs. In a strange coincidence, he became just the third goalie in the 40-year history of the QMJHL to be credited with a goal when Lewiston faced Quebec on Dec. 6. Delmas was the last Lewiston player to touch the puck during a delayed penalty against the MAINEiacs before the Remparts passed the puck into their own net.
Colorado’s second selection (second round, 61st overall) in the 2008 Entry Draft, the 6-foot-2, 169-pound netminder compiled a 17-17 record in 34 games with Lewiston during the 2007-08 season. He ranked fourth in the league with a 2.84 goals-against average and tied for seventh with a .903 save percentage. The Alliston, Ontario native was tabbed to play in the 2008 CHL Top Prospects Game and picked up the victory after stopping 13-of-15 shots in 32:35 of action.
He also has experience on the international stage, as he started all four games for Team Canada at the 2007 Under-18 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament. There, he posted a 2-2-0 record with a 2.76 goals-against average.
Delmas helped the MAINEiacs take home the QMJHL championship and earn a berth in the 2007 Memorial Cup after posting a 23-10-1 record with a 2.81 goals-against average in 34 appearances during his rookie season of 2006-07. He earned QMJHL Rookie of the Month honors during March after posting a 7-0 record with three shutouts.