Clapperton, Rimouski Océanic outlast Remparts, capture President’s Cup

Image courtesy of the QMJHL
Image courtesy of the QMJHL

Just a few days after Josh Brown and the Generals took home the J. Ross Robertson Cup as the OHL champions, fellow Panthers prospect Chris Clapperton and the Rimouski Océanic defeated the Quebec Remparts to capture the QMJHL title.

The Rimouski Océanic, which finished as the top team in the East Division as well as the QMJHL’s best team, beat the Quebec Remparts in Game 7 of the President’s Cup Final by a score of 2-1 in double overtime. Chris Clapperton scored the Océanic’s first goal just minutes after the Remparts opened the scoring late in the first period. Michael Joly beat goaltender and Montréal Canadiens prospect Zachary Fucale to score the game-winning goal for Rimouski 2:13 into the second overtime. Clapperton also received a secondary assist on the goal by Joly, giving him a two-point night.

Remparts forward and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Adam Erne was named the playoffs MVP and was awarded the Guy Lafleur Trophy. The last time the Océanic won the QMJHL title was during the 2004-05 season when they were lead by Sidney Crosby who had 168 points in 62 games.

Drafted 122nd overall in the 5th round in 2013, Clapperton, who is the assistant captain of Rimouski, has been a steady performer in the QMJHL. He played the first three seasons of his major junior career with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada before being traded just over a year ago to the Océanic for a 1st-round pick in the 2014 QMJHL Draft and a 2015 2nd-round pick. Through each of his 4 seasons in the QMJHL, he’s performed at a point-per-game pace and has totaled 270 points in 237 games as well as 70 points in 62 playoff games. It’s likely that Clapperton will make the jump to pro hockey following the completion of the Memorial Cup.

Both the Remparts and Océanic have already secured their spot in the Memorial Cup tournament as the Remparts are the hosts and the Oceanic ended the season as the league’s top seeded team. Clapperton and Rimouski will play their first game of the tournament on Saturday against Josh Brown and the Oshawa Generals.

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