2022 is officially in the books! What a year it was for the Saint John Sea Dogs. New legends crowned, new records broken, and a new trophy for the case.
The first half of our 2022 Top Ten Moments list is in! Click the video below to see entries 10-6.
10. The Streak: The second half of the 2021-22 season was an important one for the Sea Dogs with the Memorial Cup on the horizon and new faces up and down the roster there was a lot to prove and they proved it in a big way. Down the stretch they won 15 straight games, including every game in the month of April, tying for the third best winning streak in franchise history.
9. New Season, New Scorers: A new season means an opportunity for a new crop of Sea Dogs to make their mark in the Port City. Rookies Cole Burbidge, Vince Elie, Eriks Mateiko, Pavel Simek, and Nicolas Bilodeau are among 12 Sea Dogs who have scored their first QMJHL goal this season.
8. Play In The Big Leagues: As we welcome new faces, we also said goodbye to some longtime friends. Jeremie Poirier, William Villeneuve, Yan Kuznetsov, Vincent Sevigny, Raivis Ansons, Riley Bezeau, Philippe Daoust, William Dufour, and Ryan Francis all turned pro this year and have joined the long legacy of former Sea Dogs now playing professional hockey around the globe.
7. Holiday Shopping: With the Memorial Cup looming on the horizon, the Sea Dogs had one last opportunity to add to their lineup during the holiday trade period, an opportunity they seized. After the dust settled, the team had completed six trades that included a total of 44 pieces being swapped between them and their trade partners. Raivis Ansons, Connor Trenholm, Nick Blagden, Thomas Couture, Marshall Lessard, Philippe Daoust, Nikolas Hurtubise, and eventual team Captain Vincent Sevigny all joined the team at this time and their impact was immediately felt.
6. To The Rafters: 4,042 days. That’s how long Sea Dogs fans needed to wait following the raising of the franchise’s first Memorial Cup banner in September of 2011. 5000 fans were on hand as team alumni joined Captain Charlie Desroches to raise the banner to the rafters at TD Station for the 2022 Memorial Cup Champion Saint John Sea Dogs.
The top 5 moments are still to come! Stay tuned for part two of this list later this week.