The St. Louis Jr. Blues, proud members of the NA3HL, are pleased to announce that goaltender Mikaël Foucher has signed forms with the Brockville Braves of the Central Canadian Hockey League. The CCHL, based in Ontario’s National Capital Region, is regarded as one of Canada’s top Junior A leagues, and the Braves as one of its flagship clubs: this year the Braves scooped the Coach of the Year, GM of the Year, and Goaltender of the Year in the league’s awards.
A native of St-Hubert, Quebec, Foucher came to the Jr. Blues following an excellent season with the California Titans of the NAPHL. His rookie season was one for the history books: he led the league in wins with a 24-5-2 record, was 10thoverall in goals-against with a 2.24 average, was tied for fifth in the league with four shutouts, and posted an excellent .920 save percentage. In the playoffs, he went 4-0-1 with a 1.98 GAA and .951 SV%. He also represented the Central Division at the NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament, where he won two games, and was named to the NA3HL 18U Selects team at the recently-concluded NAHL 18U Top Prospects Tournament, where his 1.38 goals-against and .944 save percentage back-stopped the NA3HL team to a second-place finish against tough competition. He picked up the Vaughn/NA3HL Goaltender of the Year and NA3HL Rookie of the Year honors for his sterling campaign.
“Fouch was one of the most bankable goalies we’ve had in all my years with this organization,” said Jr. Blues head coach Chris Flaugher. “He’s quick, technically excellent, and mentally strong, which are three great qualities to have in a goaltender. Our goaltending coach Mark Staub really enjoyed working with him throughout the year, and you could see his growth as a goaltender as the year progressed. Having him in between the pipes gave us a lot of confidence as a team.”
Flaugher also noted that Brockville’s previous two #1 goaltenders—Justin Evenson (Army) and Liam Souliere (Penn State)—will both be playing NCAA Division I hockey next season. “[Braves head coach] Jesse Winchester is getting an excellent young man in Fouch, and we’re proud of his advancement and confident he’ll succeed up there.”