Memorial Cup champion goalie inks Hamilton Bulldogs contract

The best goaltender at this year’s Memorial Cup will be wearing a Hamilton Bulldogs jersey this season and next. Cedrick Desjardins, who finished his Quebec Major Junior Hockey League career with the Quebec Remparts this past season, has signed a two-year American Hockey League contract with the Bulldogs. Terms of the deal are not disclosed.

The undrafted Desjardins, a 20 year-old native of Edmunston, New Brunswick, played four seasons in the QMJHL, compiling a 67-47-4 record in 128 regular season games with the Rimouski Oceanic (2002-2005) and Remparts (2005-2006).

In 2004-2005, the 6-0, 192-pound goaltender posted a 30-7-4 record, with a 2.95 goals against average, and a .909 save percentage for the QMJHL regular season champion Oceanic. In 13 post-season games, Desjardins went 12-1-0, with a 2.66 goals against average, and a .927 save percentage, as Rimouski captured the Quebec league championship, and earned a berth in the Memorial Cup, losing the Canadian title to the London Knights.

Last season, Desjardins played in 41 regular season games for the Remparts, and posted a 28-10-0 record, with a 2.95 goals against average, a .906 save percentage, and five shutouts. In the playoffs, he went 14-9-0, with a 2.55 goals against average, and a .927 save percentage for Qu├ębec, who lost in the QMJHL final to the Moncton Wildcats.

In the Memorial Cup, the left-handed catching goaltender was 3-1, with a 2.76 goals against average, and a .926 save percentage in four games for Patrick Roy’s Remparts, who defeated the Wildcats 6-2 in the final to win the Canadian Hockey League championship. In the final, Desjardins made 46 saves to pave the way for his team’s win.

At the conclusion of the four-team tournament, Desjardins was awarded the Hap Emms Memorial Trophy (top goaltender), and was also named to the Memorial Cup All-Star Team.