The annual Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) Draft list was released earlier this month. (NOTE: This list represents players who potentially could/may be drafted by QMJHL teams; not players who have been drafted).
Featured on this year’s list are several players with connections to hockey in Connecticut:
|Marc Biega||D||Salisbury||Montreal, QC|
|Cody Champagne||D||South Kent||Brookfield, CT|
|Kevin Duane||F||Brunswick Academy||New Canaan, CT|
|Adam Erne||F||Indiana Ice (USHL)||Branford, CT|
|Anthony Florentino||D||South Kent||West Roxbury, MA|
|Bryan Gerstenfeld||D||Berkshire School||Fairfield, CT|
|David Hallisey||F||Westminster||Wethersfield, CT|
|Mark Hamilton||D||Salisbury School||Winthrop, MA|
|Greg Harney||G||Notre Dame-West Haven||East Haven, CT|
|John Hayden||F||Brunswick School||Greenwich, CT|
|Jason Kalinowski||F||Salisbury School||Stamford, CT|
|Griffyn Martin||D||Avon Old Farms||Fairfield, CT|
|Andy Michailidis||D||Westminster||Stamford, CT|
|Owen Powers||F||Cheshire High School||Cheshire, CT|
|Ryan Segalla||D||Salisbury School||Rockland, MA|
|Wiley Sherman||D||Hotchkiss School||Greenwich, CT|
|Greg Zaffino||D||St. Paul’s School||Darien, CT|
The QMJHL (or “The Q”) is one of the three major Canadian “Junior A” ice hockey leagues that operate as part of the Canadian Hockey League. These leagues, which include players aged 16 to 20, are seen as a major feeder for talent to the NHL. The trade-off for many players is that, by playing major junior hockey, they forfeit eligibility to play NCAA hockey in the US because the leagues are considered to be “professional”. As stated by the NCAA:
- 18.104.22.168.4 Major Junior A Ice Hockey – Ice hockey teams in the United States and Canada, classified by the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association as major junior A teams, are considered professional teams under NCAA legislation.
However, while the risk can be significant, for the right player, playing major junior hockey can be a great step toward professional hockey. Best of luck to these Connecticut players as they progress in their hockey careers over the next few years – whichever route they choose to go.