For the second straight year, the Memorial Cup was won by a small-market QMJHL team with a hyphenated name. The 2018 Acadie-Bathurst Titan and the 2019 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies had quite a bit more in common than that, too: coach Mario Pouliot and star defenseman Noah Dobson, for example.
After guiding the Titan to its first national championship last year, Pouliot returned to his previous post in Rouyn-Noranda, albeit with an expanded portfolio as both coach and GM. “I was there for three-and-a-half years as an assistant coach, so it was nothing new for me,” Pouliot said. “I have a special relationship with ownership, and I know the Husky identity. I went there with Andre Tourigny, and he put the foundation in. After that, it was Gilles Bouchard, who won the President’s Cup in 2016, and for...
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