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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Griffins sign Q MVP

The Grand Rapids Giffins have signed Francis Pare, MVP of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Here's the press release from the on-the-ball PR department of the Griffins ...

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – One of hockey’s top young players will call Van Andel Arena home during the 2008-09 season, as the Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday announced the signing of former Quebec Major Junior Hockey League star Francis Pare (PAIR-ay).

Pare, 21, was named the QMJHL’s most valuable player last season with Chicoutimi, when he led the league with 54 goals and placed third with 102 points in 69 games. A First-Team QMJHL All-Star, he also tied for first on the circuit with a plus-41 rating and seven shorthanded goals.

The center’s breakout campaign saw him net two QMJHL Offensive Player of the Month awards (Nov. and Feb.) and one Offensive Player of the Week nod (Oct. 1-7).

Prior to his lone campaign with the Sagueneens, Pare spent three full seasons with Shawinigan, ranking among the team’s offensive leaders each year. Most notably, he paced the club with 44 assists and ranked second with 29 goals and 73 points in 2006-07, while his 47 points (24-23—47) in 2004-05 stood fourth on the team and eighth among QMJHL rookies.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

does this mean that Pare becomes property of the Red Wings? can they call him up for injury purposes? i don't really understand rules for trades and free agent signings when it comes to amateur hockey leagues.

July 3, 2008 at 11:01 AM 
Blogger Bruce MacLeod said...

Pare isn't property of the Red Wings, but they can sign and call him up. Detroit has a number of players that are under contract with the Wings on the Griffins roster, but not the entire roster. The Red Wings' working agreement with the Griffins calls for the Red Wings to run the Griffins. In other words, Detroit vice president/ast. GM Jim Nill was the Grand Rapids representative at the recent AHL governors meetings.
And it's a small point, but the AHL isn't amateur, it's a professional league.

July 3, 2008 at 4:31 PM 

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