Goaltender posting impressive numbers in postseason run
(May 3) - Jeremy Duchesne and the Val-d’Or Foreurs are in the Quebec Major Junior League Finals, and the Philadelphia Flyers’ goaltending prospect is a big reason for that success.
Duchesne has 10 wins and has posted a 2.87 goals against average and .913 save percentage in Val-d’Or’s run for the President’s Cup. The Foreurs erased a three-games-to-one series deficit to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in the semifinals. Duchense made 42 saves in a Game Five overtime victory and was named the first star, and followed that with another 42 save performance in Game Six as Val-d’Or took both games by a 3-2 count. The Foreurs advanced in Game Seven with a 4-2 victory as Duchesne stopped 28 shots to record the win.
The goaltender was drafted by the Flyers in the fourth round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
"We’ve continued to follow him closely over his junior career,"said Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren. "We like his style and the way he plays. His size is very good, and he’s a very athletic goalie, and he’s a fighter. He’s one of those guys that does not give up on a puck, and if a goal is allowed he doesn’t let it bother him."
Duchesne’s success comes on the heels of a personal tragedy, as his father, former NHL player Gaetan Duchesne, recently passed away suddenly at the age of 44. Jeremy missed the first two games of the semifinal series with Cape Breton.
"I think with what Jeremy went through in the past two weeks with his father passing away tragically at 44, he missed two games and since he came back he hasn’t lost. I think that speaks well for the character of the individual as well as his talent,"said Holmgren. "I can’t imagine going through a situation like that as a young player losing your father and then jumping right back in and playing at that level and obviously playing very well."