Wednesday, 18 May 2011

DeSerres Set to Join Exclusive Club

Jacob DeSerres will join an exclusive club this week when he leads the QMJHL Champion Saint John Sea Dogs into the 2011 Memorial Cup.

The former Wheat Kings' goaltender is believed to be just the second player in CHL history to compete in back-to-back Memorial Cups with teams in different leagues.

DeSerres helped the Saint John Sea Dogs capture the QMJHL title on Sunday night, finishing the playoffs with a 2.00 GAA and .916 SPCT after winning the Jacques Plante Trophy for lowest goals against average in the regular season.

"It's just starting to sink in that we won the Q and now I get another shot at the Mem-Cup," said DeSerres on Monday night, "I get a chance to go at it again and try to use my knowledge with the boys on the team."

Last season, DeSerres helped the Wheat Kings all the way to the Memorial Cup Final but found himself on the outside looking in when Brandon went young in goal in October and no other WHL teams showed an interest in grabbing the Calgary product as a 20-year old.

Now, he gets the rare opportunity of competing at the CHL Championship for a second straight year.

"In the past few years, the Q hasn't done as well in the Memorial Cup but I think a lot of that is just a mindset," says DeSerres, "People go into it thinking we won the President's Cup and that's good enough but I think our team this year has a bigger goal in mind."

Saint John faces host Mississauga in the Memorial Cup opener on Friday.

Chaff...the Sea Dogs also have another Brandon connection. Former Wheat Kings' head coach Mike Kelly is the club's Director of Hockey Operations and Associate Coach...another WHL team has thrown its hat in the ring for the 2013 Memorial Cup. The Kelowna Rockets have announced their intent to bid to host the CHL Championship in two years. The Rockets join the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Red Deer Rebels and Saskatoon Blades as confirmed teams bidding for the event.

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