CPJHL announces addition of Le Bécard De Senneterre franchise for upcoming 2019-20 season

by Matt Mackinder

The Canadian Premier Junior Hockey League has announced the addition of another franchise in Quebec, Le Bécard De Senneterre, for the upcoming 2019-20 season.

Le Bécard will join the Maniwaki Mustangs and Shawville Express as Quebec-based teams. Senneterre is a town of approximately 3,000 in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region of northwestern Quebec.

“We are extremely excited to add a third team in Quebec,” said CPJHL president Barry DeGray. “As our league grows, we look to keep increasing opportunities for towns like Senneterre to have a junior hockey franchise. The CPJHL’s future is looking brighter and brighter.”

Eric Chantal will serve as Le Bécard’s team president and cannot wait to get started.

“We were approached by Mr. Eric Gauthier of the Maniwaki Mustangs and he told us about the league and the expansion they wanted to take,” Chantal said. “We see an opportunity for our young players to be able to pursue hockey after their minor hockey. We're going to have a dynamic and competitive team. For our fans, they will be faithful and passionate.”

Senneterre is currently searching for the team’s first coaching staff. 

“I have nine other passionate members who complete my team,” said Chantal. “We are also recruiting players for the moment, and we will be signing our first player soon.”