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The Rimouski Oceanic are known for producing stars from Sidney Crosby to Vincent
Lecavalier and Brad Richards, but this years crop is a no-name group that has
checked and battled its way to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League final. Duane Brown Jersey . Now the seventh-seeded
Oceanic hope to pull off a colossal upset when they takes on the powerhouse
Saint John Sea Dogs in the best-of-seven series for the Presidents Cup. The Sea
Dogs, who open at home on Friday night, are the defending QMJHL and Memorial Cup
champions who finished first with a 50-15-3 record and lost only one playoff
game enroute to the final, an overtime loss to Chicoutimi in the semifinals.
“Were proud to be in the final,” Rimouski coach Serge Beausoleil said Thursday.
“We just have to enjoy it and do our best. “Its a big challenge.” The winner
moves on to the Memorial Cup tournament May 18-27 in Shawinigan, Que. The Sea
Dogs are in the final for a third straight year and still have most of the
star-studded lineup that has made them the class of the Q, led by the third
overall pick in the 2011 NHL draft Jonathan Huberdeau. Despite only playing 13
games in the first three playoff rounds, Saint John has three of the top four
scorers in Charles Coyle with 14 goals and 15 assists, Zach Phillips (27 points)
and Stanislav Galiev (26 points). Huberdeau is at a comparatively modest nine
goals and nine helpers. They also have Montreal Canadiens first rounder Nathan
Beaulieu leading the defence. “We have workers, not stars,” said Beausoleil. “We
have to stick to our game plan, play our system, and give them as little space
as we can. We also have to stay out of the penalty box because they have an
unbelievable power play.” Its not that Rimouski doesnt have some top talent of
its own, including Jerome Gauthier-Leduc who is one of the leagues top two-way
defencemen. Alexandre Mallet and Alexandre Belzile have 22 and 21 points
respectively in 17 games, while Petr Straka (19 points) and Peter Trainor (16)
are other offensive threats. The Oceanic swept Val dOr in the first round, then
pulled off upsets of Blainville-Boisbriand and Halifax to reach the final. Sea
Dogs coach Gerard Gallant is not taking them lightly. “To get where theyre at,
theyre playing well,” he said. “When the playoffs started, there were four teams
people were picking and it seems they werent one of them. “But they play well as
a team. Are they supposed to be in the final? Probably not. But they deserve to
be there.” Gallant said Chicoutimi played much the same way and were a good test
going into the Rimouski matchup. The Sea Dogs went to overtime three times
before finishing off the Sagueneens. “They play a team game,” added Gallant.
“Its not about one guy carrying the offence or a goaltender standing on his
head. “From the defence to the offence, its about buying into the system. Its
been the same in the NHL playoffs this year.” That the Sea Dogs were able to
dominate the regular season again was somewhat a surprise because they were
missing several players early in the campaign to NHL training camps and lost
more as players left for the world junior championship in December. And there
were injuries. Galiev played only 20 regular season games, while Huberdeau
played 37. That may have been a blessing, as the Sea Dogs stand to lose most of
their top players to pro teams next season and it gave Gallant a chance to give
his younger players extra ice time. Players from junior-A also had to be called
in at times to fill out the roster. “At Christmas, we didnt think wed have the
record we did, but they all worked hard,” he said. That may be added motivation
for the final and perhaps the Memorial Cup: that it will be a last time together
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England had six birdies in a 66, joining five others behind Velasco. Velascos 64
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bogey.Hamilton Tiger-Cat Ryan Hinds walked on the ground he had left 18 years
earlier and the memories began flowing back to him. There were the sights, the
sounds and smells he didnt even know he had experienced. But once he began
processing them, he knew they were instantly familiar. A lot had changed since
the 25-year-old Hamilton Tiger-Cat cornerback had left his native Guyana to
immigrate to Canada as a seven year-old boy. He was returning last month as a
grown man, a professional football player, back to try and give something back
to the country of his birth. “I couldnt believe I was going back after 18
years,” said Hinds, who is entering his third year with the Tiger-Cats this
season. “I saw the airport I had left from, there were flashbacks of places I
didnt know I remembered, different smells, then going to my old house.” Hindss
road back to Guyana actually had very little to do with his status as a
professional football player and far more with his professional pursuit away
from the field. As a biology graduate from the University of New Hampshire and
an aspiring physician, Hinds began taking part in medical research internship at
McMaster University Hospital last year. His is studying something called pectus
excavatum, a congenital deformity of the anterior wall of the chest. Its not
your typical off-field activity for a professional football player, but then
there arent many CFL players who aspire to a career in medicine after football
(Hinds says when he takes medical literature on Tiger-Cat road trips during the
season, theres rarely a fight with teammates for his reading material). So when
one of the doctors at McMaster was putting together a project to raise money for
pediatric facilities in Guyana, he approached Hinds because of his interest in
pediatric medicine and his connection to the country. “When they asked me to be
the face of this project I was overwhelmed because it sounded huge,” said Hinds,
who was raised in Toronto. The doctor (Brian Cameron) does a lot of work with
Guyana so what he had in mind was to help the pediatric ward because often it
gets left to the last. So the whole idea is to get the pediatric ward to where
it should be.” When he arrived in Guyana, Hinds was taken to meet the countrys
president, Donald Ramotar. “Meeeting the president the first day kind of put
into perspective for me how big this project can be,” he said. Johnathan Joseph Jersey. Guyana is a former
British colony located on the North coast of South America where standards for
things such as health care are far below those of North America. There are only
two practicing pediatricians in the country of 750,000, both of whom work in the
private sector. And any questions Hinds may have had about the need for funds to
upgrade the countrys medical facilities were quickly erased by what he saw. “I
walked into the isolation room in the pediatric ward and it looked like a jail
cell,” said Hinds. “There was paint peeling and there was just a single flat
mattress. There were no IVs and the toilet tank was caged and the seat had no
covering. You cant believe kids stay here when theyre trying to get better.”
Part of the trip was to open a neonatal intensive care unit which had been
funded by efforts led by a Canadian doctor, Dr. Narendra Singh, who founded
Guyana Help the Kids. Seeing the fruits of that project gave Hinds hope that his
efforts to create a new pediatric ward can drastically improve conditions in his
former home country. Seeing the state of things in Guyana would have been
jarring to anyone. But his personal connection to the country made it hit home
especially hard. “You identify with people because Im from there,” he said. “It
gives you motivation that it somehow has to get done.” To that end, Hinds is
holding a dinner this Sunday, April 22, at the Workers Art and Heritage Centre
in Hamilton, aimed at raising awareness about the project and form a small
working group directed at larger fundraising efforts. Information is available
at www.ryanhindsghtk.blogspot.ca or www.guyanahelpthekids.com. Hinds said the
people of is native country have no real idea what he does for a living back in
Canada, not surprising in a place where cricket and soccer garner most of the
sporting attention and North American football is virtually unknown. But if
Hinds is able to accomplish his goals for a new pediatric ward, the people of
Guyana will have plenty for which to remember him. “Being back to help my
country was pretty moving because you always want to give back to where youve
come from.” ’ ’ ’ 

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