The Olympiques, who host the Victoriaville Tigres this afternoon, are getting ready for their second confrontation at home against Sidney Crosby and the Rimouski Oceanic on Friday. The Olympiques, as all QMJHL teams, sell packages for games featuring Crosby. For $39, buyers get admission to Friday's game, next Sunday against Chicoutimi and the March 12 contest against the P.E.I. Rocket. Tickets are still available as are standing-room tickets.
The last time Crosby visited "The Bob", on Nov. 13, he recorded four assists in the first period during a 7-3 Oceanic win.
Crosby, a star with the Canadian junior nats who won the world junior championship last month, scored his 100th QMJHL goal on Friday during a 5-4 win against the Moncton Wildcats.
Next Friday's game, originally scheduled to start at 7:35 p.m., will begin at 7. It will be shown nationwide on RDS and Sportsnet.
O SAY CAN YOU SEE: London Knights centre Rob Schremp, from Fulton, N.Y., commenting on a proposal by Hockey Canada to limit CHL teams to a pair of U.S.-born players, and one non-North American: "We allow a lot of Canadians to come and play at our universities, so I don't think it would be fair that way," Schremp told the London Free Press. The CHL has no limit to the number of Americans a team can carry on its roster. The current maximum for non-North American players is two per team.
THE OTHER SIDE: Bob Nicholson, president of Hockey Canada, on discussions about limiting the number of non-Canucks on major junior teams: "It's all about what's best for Canadian kids. I think we're going to have some movement (with the CHL on the U.S. issue). We enjoy a great partnership with the CHL," he said.
AN EXPLANATION FROM THE COACH: The Kingston Frontenacs, hosts of the 67's this afternoon at the Kingston Memorial Centre, were slaughtered 14-1 by the Knights one week ago in London. "It's a game and people are going to talk about it," said Fronts coach Jim Hulton. "At the end of the day, it's over and done with. It goes in the loss column. It doesn't matter if it's 1-0 or 14-1."
BIG GAMES AHEAD: The CJHL's Cornwall Colts, leaders of the Robinson Division, visit the Nepean Raiders, tops in the Robinson Division, at the Steve Yzerman Arena this afternoon at 2:30 ... Another big game in the CJHL is coming up on Friday, with the Raiders travelling to the Brockville Memorial Centre to meet the Braves.
SLAP SHOTS: Ian Dams made 31 saves as the Raiders scored a convincing 5-1 win over the Lumber Kings in Pembroke on Friday. The win, Nepean's sixth straight, opened a nine-point lead for the Raiders over Pembroke in the Yzerman Division, although Pembroke has two games in hand ... Former 67's forward Zenon Konopka was named the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks (AHL) player of the month for January. Konopka scored seven goals, including two game-winners, and 13 points last month ... The Smiths Falls Bears scored their fourth win of the season on Friday, downing the Gloucester Rangers 6-4. The Rangers have lost five straight.