Wednesday was a very special evening for the Quebec Remparts and Alexander Radulov as his number 22 was raised to the rafters of the Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City. The entire house was packed with adoring fans chanting “Radu, Radu” all evening as Alex has achieved legendary like status in his adopted home. The Remparts put on an NHL level production which featured speeches by NHL Hall of Fame Remparts coach, Patrick Roy, a spectacular video celebration of Radulov’s scoring highlights as well as outstanding testimonials by his teammates, coaches, and owner Jacques Tanguay.
The ceremony also featured a video board presentation of Radulov putting on his Remparts 22 jersey once more and proceeding from the dressing room on to the ice to a standing ovation followed by special words from Alex thanking the entire Remparts community and fans for two great seasons capped by the 2006 Memorial Cup Championship. In that season, Radulov captured the CHL and QMJHL Player of the Year, Memorial Cup MVP while tallying 61 goals, 91 assists and 152 points in 62 games. Alex’s number 22 joins those of Guy Lafleur and Simon Gagne in the Colisee rafters.
Pred misses practice for good reason
By JESSICA HOPP
Predators forward Alexander Radulov was not with his teammates in practice this morning nor was he on the team charter flying to Ottawa this afternoon.
Instead the young Russian was with one of his former teams, the Quebec Remparts, who were to retire his jersey tonight.
“Very few people get to see their jersey go up in the rafters,” Predators Coach Barry Trotz said. Radulov, who was to rejoin the Predators for Thursday’s game against the Senators, put together two stellar seasons for the Remparts.
In 2005-06 he had one of the most prolific seasons in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League history with 61 goals and 152 points in just 62 games.
He was league MVP, Memorial Cup MVP and Canadian Major Junior Player of the Year.Trotz said he couldn’t remember a time in his coaching career when one of his players had his jersey retired.