EDMONTON, AB - When the gold dust settles for Raphael Lavoie from a successful 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship with Team Canada, his return to the QMJHL won't come in a Halifax Mooseheads uniform.
The 19-year-old Oilers prospect was traded from Halifax to the Chicoutimi Saguenéens on Monday as part of the QMJHL's Trade Deadline no less than 24 hours after Canada struck gold with a 4-3 come-from-behind win over Russia in the Czech Republic.
The sizeable exchange for Lavoie fetched Halifax four draft picks in return, including 2020 first and second-round picks and 2021 second and third-round selections.
Lavoie joins a Saguenéens side that sits first in the QMJHL's East Division and Eastern Conference with a 27-7-4 record and holds a four-point lead on the Moncton Wildcats, who boast the services of fellow Oilers prospect and World Juniors teammate Olivier Rodrigue in goal.
Lavoie has recorded 18 goals and 44 points in 30 games with the Mooseheads this season after having 32 points in 23 games during the 2018-19 QMJHL playoffs, including 20 goals.
Lavoie played 8:51 in the final of the World Juniors, registering a shot on goal and finishing the tournament with two assists.