Samuel Dove-McFalls, the Flyers' fourth-round pick at 98th overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, and the Saint John Sea Dogs earned a 5-1 win over the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada on Wednesday night to capture the President Trophy as Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Champions with a four-game series sweep in the Finals.
As a result, the Sea Dogs will now play for the Memorial Cup, which will crown the Canadian Hockey League champions for 2016-17.
The Sea Dogs went an impressive 16-2 through the QMJHL playoffs with Dove-McFalls, who also serves as an alternate captain for the team, recording five goals and seven assists for 12 points and a +11 rating in 18 games. He also scored both goals in a 2-0 win in Game 3 of the Finals to give Saint John a 3-0 series lead.
This is the third time that Saint John has won the QMJHL since the 2010-11 season, but the club will be looking for their second-ever Memorial Cup title, first winning in 2011.
He also becomes the fourth straight Flyers prospect to win the QMJHL President Cup joining Philippe Myers (Rouyn-Noranda, 2016), Sam Morin (Rimouski, 2015), and Nicolas Aube-Kubel (Val-d'Or, 2014). He is now looking to become the first Flyers prospect to win the Memorial Cup since Eric Wellwood won in back-to-back years in 2009 and 2010 with the Windsor Spitfires.
During the regular season, his fourth in the QMJHL, Dove-McFalls recorded new career highs in all three offense categories, recording 17 goals, 36 assists for 53 points in 65 games, while also registering a +21 rating. 2016-17 served as a bounce-back year after he suffered an injury last season which caused him to miss 39 games.
The Memorial Cup will be hosted by Windsor and, in addition to the Spitfires, will pit the Ontario Hockey League and Western Hockey League Champions in a round-robin format. The tournament is slated to begin on Friday, May 19 and will wrap up with the championship game on Sunday, May 28.
Get to know more about Dove-McFalls with his sit-down interview discussing his injury and his style of play before the start of the season…