Simon DesprÉs Named To Canadian National Under-18 TeamApril 2, 2009 - Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) Saint John Sea Dogs
The 2009 IIHF World U-18 Championships will take place from April 9-19 in Fargo, North Dakota and Moorehead, Minnesota.
Després won a Gold Medal with Team Canada at the 2008 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament in Europe. The 6'4", 214 lb. rearguard led Saint John in scoring by a defenseman last season with 2G-30A-32P while also registering a team-best rating of +16. In recognition of his outstanding 2008-09 campaign, Després was named Investors Group Top Defenseman at the Fourth Annual Sea Dogs Awards Banquet last month.
A native of Laval, QC, Després is currently rated as the top professional prospect in the QMJHL by several scouting bureaus and media outlets in anticipation of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft (June 26-27 in Montreal). The Sea Dogs originally acquired Després with the first overall selection at the 2007 QMJHL Entry Draft.
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