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the history of the Saguenéens
Junior Magazine, January 4, 1980,
from the French
In his fourth season with the Chicoutimi Saguenéens, Guy
Carbonneau displays the same determination he showed as a rookie,
and seems to have discovered new sources of motivation.
Rather than relaxing after having his services claimed by the
Montreal Canadiens in the last draft, the able player from the
North Coast is fixed on new objectives.
Becoming the greatest scorer in the history of the Saguenéens,
leading his team to greater honors, winning the scoring championship
and thus demonstrating that the Canadiens have assessed him correctly,
all figure among Carbonneaus priorities this season.
According to his output the first half of the season, Carbonneau
shouldnt have too much trouble surpassing Sylvain Locas
as the highest scorer in the history of the Saguenéens.
While Locas record is 174 goals and 214 assists for 388
points, the valiant captain of the Chicoutimi club has 99 goals
and 154 assists for a total of 253, in other words, 135 fewer
than the record holder.
Unless some unfortunate injury slows his pace, Carbonneau should
have no trouble, in the regular season, amassing the 75 goals
and 135 points necessary to make him the most prolific scorer
in the Saguenéens seven year history.
Although preoccupied more with the success of his team than his
personal stats, Carbonneau doesnt hide that he would like
to pass Locas and finish as leading goal scorer; however, leading
his team to win the Memorial Cup is his foremost goal.
"Im not fixed on a personal objective," declares
the Saguenéens quick and elegant skater. "To
me the teams performance is the priority, because hockey
is a collective discipline. All I want is the final victory for
the club. In my last year of junior, I would like to see the
Saguenéens go further than the quarterfinals, which has
not yet happened while Ive been with the team."
Chosen Best Offensive Player in November, Carbonneau agrees that
being drafted before the end of his term in junior relieves him
of some pressure, even though thousands of Saguenéens
fans now expect even more of him.
"The fact that I have nothing more to worry about concerning
the next draft relieves me of the pressure any junior feels his
last year. The nervousness takes another form after youve
been drafted because your supporters then require you to produce."
For his part, [Coach] Orval Tessier has only praise for his captain.
"After having participated in training camp with the Canadiens,
Guy could have returned to us with a swelled head and the idea
that he has nothing left to learn, but he has proven the contrary.
He is our uncontested leader and the guys have tremendous respect
And concludes the experienced coach, "His speed and agility
will certainly help him make his mark. In my eyes, he is not
only the best center, but the best player in the entire league."
So what eventually happened in this scoring contest? As far as
the career race, in total goals Guy came up three short with
171 for his four years with the Sags, but won the total point
race by 47 with 435. For a single season total, Guy again fell
shy of the goals record but did pass Locas in points with 182,
and that total now stands as third highest in Sags history. It
is also 30th on the all-time CHL list (all Junior A teams) for
points in one season, tied with one Wayne Gretzky of the Soo
Not bad. It was time to go professional. Carbonneau immediately
joined the Nova Scotia Voyageurs for the playoffs, and participated
in two games. The Habs farm team lost in the first round
to the Maine Mariners, after a series of matches marked by brawling
(one fight emptied both benches), lackluster effort, and tepid
fan support. Unfortunately, these were all signs of what awaited
Guy the following season
The Sags' captain on
Guy made the cover of the Sags'
79-80 Information Guide.
from the cover of Hockey Junior magazine.