Mr. Speaker, the Foreurs de Val-d'Or have emerged as the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoff champions.
The Guy Lafleur Trophy for best player in the playoffs went to Simon Gamache.
Along with all the people of Abitibi, I was filled with pride by this sensational victory. With their win over the Acadie—Bathurst Titan for the President's Cup, our junior team has made it abundantly clear that the calibre of hockey in Quebec is truly at the national level.
Our players' victory was a tribute to their skills, playing strategy and tenacity. Not only are they an honour to us all but they have made the world of hockey realize that Val-d'Or is a force to be reckoned with.
Hats off to Coach Claude Bouchard and each and every player for this remarkable exploit.
I am sure their stellar performance in the playoffs is an indication of future success in the Memorial Cup tournament at Regina.