Maine Hockey Journal

A pair of Maineiacs named to Team Quebec

Franicis Beauvillier and Samuel Henley success this season has caught the eye of Hockey Quebec as the governing hockey body for the province of Quebec announced the roster on Friday for World Under-17 Challenge, which begins Dec. 29, ending with the gold medal game on Jan. 4, 2010 in Timmons, Ontario.

“(Samuel) Henley and (Francois) Beauvillier were quality selections for the program,” Lewiston Maineiacs head coach Don MacAdam said. “We felt (Jean-Francois) Plante was certainly capable of playing on that team. Hopefully before it’s over, he will be on the team.”

Beauvillier has two goals and four assists in 19 games including five points (goal, 4 assists) in the last seven games for the Maineiacs The 6-0 center was the third overall pick in the 2009 QMJHL Midget Draft.

“It will be a good experience, I think,” said Francois Beauvillier. “I worked hard this summer to make the team. It’s an improvement for me because can (always) improve yourself in this game.”

“He’s strong on the puck and he’s growing physically,” said MacAdam, “He’s strong skater it was just matter of adjusting to the pace.”

Henley, a third round selection this past summer has a goal and two assists in 21 games this season. His brother Cedrick Henley participated in last year’s Under-17 Challenge also with Team Quebec.

From the beginning the coaching staff knew the 39th overall selection had the tools to make the team out of training camp.

“We’ve been very impressed with his on ice intelligence from the very beginning,” MacAdam stated. Even though some thought he should go back to play Midget (AAA). Jamie (Dumont) and I felt very strongly he should stay and play.”

“He hasn’t been a disappointment for us.”

Jean-Francois Plante, 11th overall pick has two goals and two assists in 19 games, was also eligible for the tournament, wasn’t named to the roster but, MacAdam knows Plante will have more opportunities to shine in the QMJHL with his two teammates in Ontario.

“He will get more ice time for those five games when those (guys) are away,” MacAdam mentioned. He will be called on to do more for us.”

Beauvillier is disappointed Plante won’t accompany him.

“It’s difficult for him and us,” Beauvillier added. “We always together so for him to stay here, that’s difficult for (Henley and myself).”

Quebec’s roster is comprised of 22 players, 18 from the QMJHL, 3 from Quebec Midget AAA, and 1 from New England Prep School.

Jordan Kennedy, and fourth round draft pick Stephen Woodworth will be eligible for Team Atlantic’s roster.

Matt McNeely, a Maine recruit for 2011, will be on Team USA’s roster. Darcy Ashley another 2011 recruit will be eligible for Team Atlantic’s roster.

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