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ALEXIS LAFRENIERE NOT REPORTING TO RIMOUSKI FOR TRAINING CAMP

The current situation with COVID-19 has caused many leagues to alter their plans, and even start dates. The NHL is planning a December 1st start. Junior leagues like the QMJHL has a target start date of October 1st, while the OHL and WHL are planning to start on December 1st.

The later than normal start dates are causing some 2020 NHL draft eligible players to consider other options with the draft being held likely on the October 9th-10th weekend. The consensus 1st overall pick Alexis Lafreniere looks like he has made his decision.





With only about 5 weeks between the NHL draft and the opening of training camps for the 2020-21 season, Lafreniere has decided he will be training in Boisbriand, and will not report to Rimouski's training camp, or go to play in Europe, TSN's Bob McKenzie tweeted.

Bob went on to add: "If the NHL 20-21 season doesn’t start in December or January, Lafreniere (in consultation with his NHL club) will review whatever playing options are available to him at that time."

Alexis Lafreniere had 112 points (33 G-77 A) in 52 games this season with the Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL. He also represented Canada at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship back in December/January. Canada went on to capture the gold medal, with Lafreniere playing a key role. Finishing 4th in tournament scoring with 10 points (4 G-6 A), named to the media All-Star team, named best forward, and won tournament MVP honours.

I guess we'll just have to wait and see how this all develops going into the fall. But it's great to see these players start to consider their options with seasons starting in the next few months.
COOPER GODIN
AUGUST 12, 2020  (18H04)
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