'Piques deal overager Labrecque

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:46 AM ET

The Olympiques completed a major trade yesterday, sending five-year veteran winger Guillaume Labrecque to the Shawinigan Cataractes for rookie winger Matthew Pistilli.

The 'Piques also sent a third-round draft pick in the 2007 QMJHL draft to the Cataractes and received a second-round choice in 2006.

In what can only be viewed as a move for the future, the 'Piques gave up one of the team's top scorers (16 goals, 40 points) for a 17-year-old with a load of potential.

Labrecque, a 20-year-old overager, spoke to Gatineau coach Benoit Groulx two weeks ago about the approaching QMJHL trade deadline, and received an indication that the club might be open to offers for his services in exchange for a younger player.

But when the trade happened yesterday, it still came as a shock for Labrecque, who has never donned a junior jersey other than Gatineau's.

"I kind of thought it would happen," said Labrecque, who scored 91 regular-season goals for the 'Piques and added 19 in the playoffs. "But it's still hard because I've got some great memories from Gatineau."

Labrecque won two league titles with the 'Piques and considers the second one -- won on home ice in 2004 -- as his favourite memory.

The 6-foot-2, 195-lb. Pistilli, a fourth-round pick by Shawinigan in 2004, has five goals and five assists this season.


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