Maine Hockey Journal

Local taken in QMJHL draft

Mark Dufour, a native of Winthrop, was recently drafted by the Drummoundville Voltigeurs of the OMJHL. (PHOTO: Samantha McMahon)

After a stellar junior season with Kents Hill, Mark Dufour is getting some attention from junior and college scouts.

The Drummondville Voltigeurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey league took notice of Dufour’s play and selected him in the 13th round of the league’s entry draft last Saturday.

“It’s a cool league. Growing up I looked up to it,” Dufour stated about going to Lewiston Maineiacs games as a kid. “It’s cool to be able to participate in (the draft process).”

The 6-1, 184-pound Winthrop native had 25 goals for the Huskies this season and led Kents Hill to an 18-11-1 record which secured a berth in the New England Prep School Ice Hockey Association (NEPSIHA) Division I playoffs.

“I did pretty well I personally believe,” said Dufour. “I was the leading point-getter on my team and I found the back of the net. It was a good season.”

Kents Hill moved up to Division I after The NEPSIHA scrapped Division II after the 2009 season. They fell to Holderness School, 4-3, in the quarterfinals of the Piatelli/Simmons Tournament this past season.

“This is the first time since our (DI) debut (we made the playoffs). It was a nice feat finally reaching that point and something we can carry on into next year.”

Besides being drafted by the Voltigeurs, NCAA Division I schools have also taken notice.

“A handful of teams have reached out – three or four,” said Dufour about how many school have contacted him. “It’s exciting and good to see what’s ahead of me here. I am still going through the process and hopefully have a decision soon.”

He isn’t shutting any door right now when it comes to either the NCAA or the QMJHL.

“Both (option) are open,” he said. “College is important to me educational wise and it’s a big factor because all the possibilities of injuries and such. It’s good to have an education as back-up, but it’s still good to have both opportunities.”

Dufour continue to showcase his talents to the talent evaluators June 23rd-29th at the USA Hockey’s National Select 17’s in Rochester, N.Y. The Select 17’s is the camp USA Hockey uses to select their roster for the Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Tournament in August. South Portland native Jon Gillies was on the roster last season.

Dufour said he had fun at the Select 16’s last summer where he had two goals and three assists in five games.

“It was a great experience and I look forward to it again this year,” Dufour stated. “It’s the best competition nationally you can get. It’s a real good feat to get there and it’s a really good (experience) development wise.”

With NHL scouts sure to be at the Select 17’s he hasn’t thought that far down the road as he’s eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft.

“Right now, I am (looking) at colleges and the Q,” Dufour added. “(I am) even looking what I am going to do (at Kents Hill) next year. I am looking more short-term than the NHL right now. It would be cool.”

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