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11-07-2012, 08:38 PM
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: North of MTL
What's the big deal??? This team is the ONLY OFFICIAL Anglophone Midget team in Qc, so, it's only normal that US colleges are attracted to their players. The West Island, where they play, is predominantly English, so you have more English speaking kids than French speaking kids. Hence, making it more attractive to US colleges.
What they succeeded on doing from my recolection:
Leblanc - Harvard, draft pick
4 Biega brothers - Prep school and 3 at Harvard, 2 out 4 brothers draft picks
Kilhorn - Harvard, draft pick
Cisse - BU, draft pick
Matheson - BC, draft pick
Fournier - Q, draft pick
Culkin - Q, draft pick
Mannetti - US college(forgot which one)
Etchegary - potential draft pick 2013 (he moved from out East to play in this region)
ALL FROM THAT REGION!!!! No contreversy
Out of the region:
Duclair, Drouin: they were playing with the Jr Lions since they were 10 yrs old
Brassard, Domingue: Cut from their original Midget teams, Lions picked them up
They've produced as many players for Junior Major then college and prep schools. If someone say the contratry, they don't know what they're talking about. I can count at least 12 players currently in the Q or drafted from that team.
If any of you have an opportunity to go to Pierrefonds 4 Ice Rink, in their region, please do. When you walk in, you'll see on their walls every single player from the Lac St-Louis region that ever made it into the pros. The walls are filled with players, the highest ranked, Vincent Lecavalier and Guy Lafleur. They have over 300 players, coaches refs coming from that region. This region has been successful for a very long time.
All this to say, this region does produce high end players, the focus is on development. The Lions identify a core of players 4 to 5 yrs before they reach midget and develops these players through their elite program. Once they reach Midget, they surround these players with very good secondary players, in order to develop that core. This is their phylosophy.
For example, Drouin, Duclair, Culkin, Matheson and Brassard were obviously their core players 2 yrs ago. Look where they are now....
This does not go well with everyone, because there are very good players who do not make it. Because the core players get 50 to 65% of the playing time, but so far, this approach has been very successful in developping these core players.
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