Rumor has it here and there in the QMJHL about defender Jordan Spence from the Moncton Wildcats. The most serious send him to Abitibi, more specifically to Val-d’Or Foreurs, in a deal that will apparently bring 16-year-old goalkeeper Vincent Filion, the sixth overall from the previous auction.
I just asked the director of hockey operations, Ritchie Thibeau, if the rumors about sending Spence to Val-d’Or were true, and here’s what he revealed to me.
“Yes, we have serious discussions with Val-d’Or, but this is not the only team. Nothing has been decided yet. We want a young prospect of 16 or 17, a first round and another good draft. For the first round election, we want an election from 2022 so that we have a chance to end up in the lottery, since the team that will have Spence should normally find themselves rebuilding starting next season. “
That’s what the Wildcats hockey man told me.
All that remains is to wait until the end of the World Juniors before knowing the new destination of the best defender in the QMJHL.
Melanson is quite an athlete
Jacob Melanson is not just a good hockey player. Until recently, the new Acadie-Bathurst Titan tip has also excelled in baseball, football, table tennis and golf.
“I was a baseball pitcher and goal scorer in football. I was very well. I competed on the provincial stage in all these sports, “the young Amherst right winger told me.
Note that Grandpa Jim Melanson, nicknamed Pokey by most who knew him, trained Springhill minor baseball for over 35 years. A member of the Nova Scotia Baseball Hall of Fame, he died in 2019 at the age of 83.
Nadeau takes the lead
With two goals and five assists in three games in the last week, Joshua Nadeau has regained the lead in scoring in the Maritimes Junior League. The 17-year-old Edmundston Blizzard striker now has 28 points (11-17) in 12 games.
Twenty-year-old veteran Tyler Boivin of Grand Falls Rapids also has 28 points (10-18), but in 14 games.
Usnic moves away from Moncton
Omitting a major change next week, the Wildcats are reportedly set to announce that they are releasing the idea of bringing goalkeeper Val Usnik to Moncton.
Director of hockey operations Ritchie Thibeau informed me that he is almost at this stage with regard to the 19-year-old Slovenian who made the draft in the second round (110th in total) at the last international auction.
Veteran Dakota Lund-Cornish will certainly not complain.
On the other hand, Thibeau is much more optimistic about the chances of taking Maxim Barbashev’s first choice to Moncton. Note that the young 17-year-old hope is currently in St-Louis. He has lived with his brother Ivan for a few months.
Desrosiers still in the plans
Failed to carve out a position with the Wildcats during the last training camp, defender Jonathan Desrosiers impresses with Grand Falls Rapides.
Dieppois even put in a fall of 10 points (2-8) in 12 games, which is very good for a 17-year-old back.
“We are far from giving up on his case,” said hockey operations director Ritchie Thibeau. Jonathan played a few games with us last season, and he has almost carved out a niche with the team this year. Since he is still young, we preferred to send him to Grand Falls so that he can improve various aspects of his game. He definitely has the potential to play in the QMJHL. ”
The highest paid Federer in 2020
From 1990 to 2019, three boxers, two football players, a golfer, a Formula 1 driver and an NBA striker were named the highest paid athlete. Tiger Woods alone has taken first place 12 times.
In 2020, for a change, it was tennis player Roger Federer who was crowned with a harvest of US $ 106.3 million. In the last year, the Swiss have won $ 6.3 million in tournaments, in addition to a huge sum of $ 100 million in sponsorship (Uniqlo, Credit Suisse, Mercedes-Benz, etc.).
It is also to tennis that we must turn to find the richest among the women, the Japanese Naomi Osaka with an income of 37.4 million dollars. Osaka received $ 3.4 million in the field, but mostly $ 34 million in sponsorship.
The top 10 men for 2020 is completed by Cristiano Ronaldo (football, US $ 105 million), Lionel Messi (football, US $ 104 million), Neymar (football, US $ 95.5 million), LeBron James (basketball, 88, 2 million dollars), Stephen Curry (basketball, $ 74.4 million), Kevin Durant (basketball, $ 63.9 million), Tiger Woods (golf, $ 62.3 million), Kirk Cousins (football, US $ 60 , 5 million) and Carson Wentz (football, US $ 59.1 million).
Did you know that since 1990, only three hockey players have managed to claim a place among the top 10?
Wayne Gretzky, then with the Los Angeles Kings, did so twice in 1994 (5th) and 1995 (10th) with revenues of $ 13.5 million and $ 14.5 million.
In 1997, Joe Sakic of the Colorado Avalanche took ninth place with earnings of $ 17.9 million.
Finally, in 1998, Sergei Fedorov, then with the Detroit Red Wings, came in third with a turnover of $ 29.8 million.
* In 2002, because the financial magazine Forbes changed the way things were done, no winner was declared for the year 2001. The winner for 2001 shown in this table comes from a ranking by Men’s magazine Health.