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Four top picks lead Team QMJHL for SuperSeries

by Adam Kimelman / Chicago Blackhawks
Philippe Paradis
Four NHL first-round draft picks will headline the team the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League uses for the 2010 Subway Super Series games against Team Russia.

Team QMJHL will face Team Russia in a pair of games -- Nov. 8 in Saint John, N.B., and Nov. 10 in Drummondville, Que.

Highlighting Team QMJHL are Moncton Wildcats defenseman Brandon Gormley, who the Phoenix Coyotes selected with the 13th pick of the 2010 Entry Draft, and Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman Simon Despres, the 30th pick of the 2009 Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Quebec Remparts center Louis Leblanc, the 18th pick of the 2009 Draft by the Montreal Canadiens, and Philippe Paradis, taken No. 27 in the 2009 Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes but now belonging to the Chicago Blackhawks, also are on the team.

Also set to appear are a number of top prospects for the 2011 Entry Draft. Among them are Drummondville Voltigeurs center Sean Couturier; Saint John defenseman Nathan Beaulieu; Montreal Juniors defenseman Xavier Ouellet; and Saint John centers Jonathan Huberdeau and Zack Phillips.

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies coach Andre Tourigny will coach Team QMJHL. Saint John coach Gerard Gallant will be an assistant coach for the first game against Russia, and Drummondville coach Mario Duhamel will be with Tourigny for Game 2.

"I'm honored to be able to coach the best players in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for two games against a Russian squad which I believe will really put us to the test," he told the QMJHL website. "They will be bringing a much stronger squad over this year and it should be a great show for our fans. … The team will certainly be very strong on defense and in goal as well as have a ton of depth at the forward position."

Team Russia also will take on all-star teams from the Ontario Hockey League and Western Hockey League later in the month. The OHL games will be in London, Ont., on Nov. 11, and Sudbury, Ont., on Nov. 15. The WHL games will be Nov. 17 in Kamloops, B.C., and Nov. 18 in Prince George, B.C. Rosters for the remaining SuperSeries games will be released at a later date.

The teams for the six games are picked by each league, with input from Hockey Canada, which will use the games as another evaluation tool for picking the team Canada will send to the 2011 World Junior Championship in Buffalo.

"This event is a great opportunity for our coaching staffs and our head scout Kevin Prendergast to get to see the players who will attend the national junior team selection camp in December," Brad Pascall, Hockey Canada's vice-president of national teams/hockey operations, said in a statement. "This series is very important for us to evaluate players and make decisions on which players could represent Canada in Buffalo this winter."

Tourigny will be an assistant to Dave Cameron, coach of the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors, who will lead Canada at the WJC. Cameron will coach the Team OHL games, with Belleville Bulls coach George Burnett, another WJC assistant, on the bench with him for one game. London Knights coach Dale Hunter will be an assistant for the game in London, and Sudbury Wolves coach Trent Cull will be an assistant for the game in Sudbury.

Kelowna Rockets coach Ryan Huska, also an assistant for the WJC, will coach Team WHL, with Mike Williamson of the Calgary Hitmen assisting him. Guy Charron of the Kamloops Blazers also will serve as an assistant in the Kamloops game, while Dean Clark of the Prince George Cougars will be an assistant in the Prince George game.

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Author: Adam Kimelman | Staff Writer

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