Friday, 13 May 2016

WHL Final a Family Affair for Quennevilles

Former Brandon captain Peter (bottom left) and Tigers' D David
(bottom right) have been in the stands to watch Wheat Kings' F
John Quenneville in the WHL Championship Series.
  There’s a big Quenneville contingent in Seattle this week to cheer on Brandon Wheat Kings’ forward John during the WHL Championship Series.

  Former Wheat Kings’ captain Peter and younger brother David of the Medicine Hat Tigers have been in attendance at all four games of the series to date.

  “It’s very exciting but, at the same time, I think it’s more nerve-wracking to be a fan because you can’t really have any sort of an impact on the game,” said Peter Quenneville, “I think you just have to enjoy every minute of it and just have fun.”

  Quenneville spent two seasons with the Wheat Kings, captaining last year’s squad that advanced to the WHL Final.

  Quenneville joined the Brandon in November of 2013, leaving Quinnipiac University in order to do so.

  He says he knew the team has a chance to win a WHL title in the near future from the time he first joined the team..

  “The minute I decided to leave school, I could see this coming.  We traded for Pilon and things just kind of started to roll from there.  Younger guys like (Patrick) and (Clague) joined us that first year in the playoffs, the experience they gained as it turned over we had a different mindset my second year,” said Quenneville, “Coming into this year, going almost the distance, the experience the guys have been able to take into this run was huge.  For me as an alumni, there’s a lot of pride and just being in Brandon for those first two wins, I don’t know if I’ve every been more proud as a Wheat King.  It was loud, the fans were unbelievable and I just hope I can be in the crowd when they lift the cup.”

  Peter Quenneville played his first professional season in 2015-16, playing the majority of the year with the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones.

  He had 11 goals and 26 points in 58 games with Cincinnati while also appearing in one game with the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters, the top farm team of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets.

  David Quenneville, meanwhile, finally got a measure of revenge when his Medicine Hat Tigers defeated the Wheat Kings 4-3 in overtime on February 27th in what was the final regular season meeting between Quenneville brothers.

  It was David’s first win over his brother(s) at the WHL level.

  He’s here to support brother John, but David also feels attending the WHL Championship Series has given him a good perspective of what it takes to get to this point of the season.

  “Watching guys dig down so much deeper, I think, even for me, I can take that back to Medicine Hat and know that even during the regular season, every games counts,” said David, “In the playoffs, you have to keep getting better and  better because that’s when the real fun starts.”

  After the Tigers’ season ended in a playoff tiebreaker against Edmonton, David joined Canada’s team for the World Under-18 Hockey Championship and was named an all-star during Canada’s fourth-place finish.

  During the WHL regular season, David Quenneville finished in a tie for 10th in defenceman scoring in the WHL with 55 points.

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