April 2, 2009 - Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) - Saint John Sea Dogs
SAINT JOHN, NB --- Hockey Canada announced today that Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman Simon DesprÃ©s has been named to the roster for the Canadian National Under-18 Team. DesprÃ©s is the lone representative from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Team Canada\'s 22-man roster.
The 2009 IIHF World U-18 Championships will take place from April 9-19 in Fargo, North Dakota and Moorehead, Minnesota.
DesprÃ©s 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, DesprÃ©s was named Investors Group Top Defenseman at the Fourth Annual Sea Dogs Awards Banquet last month.
A native of Laval, QC, DesprÃ©s 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 DesprÃ©s with the first overall selection at the 2007 QMJHL Entry Draft.