MJHL alumni capture Memorial Cup Title

Saint John Sea Dogs interim Head Coach, Gardiner MacDougall and Goaltender, Thomas Couture are Memorial Cup Champions.

MacDougall served as interim head coach of the Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) and guided the host Sea Dogs to the Canadian Hockey League championship (CHL), the second Memorial Cup in Sea Dogs’ franchise history. The MacDougall-led Sea Dogs beat the Ontario Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs 6-3 in the 2022 Memorial Cup final.

For 23 seasons, MacDougall has been at the helm of the University of New Brunswick (UNB) men’s hockey team. The UNB Reds have won seven of their eight national championships under MacDougall’s guidance. (2019, 2017, 2016, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007)

MacDougall spent three seasons behind the OCN Blizzard bench as Head Coach where he led the team to a Turnbull Memorial Trophy during the 1998-99 season. He is a two-time MJHL Coach of the Year (1996-97, 1998-99) and guided the Blizzard to a 128-43-3-5 record in three seasons.

Thomas Couture spent a short stint in the MJHL with the Steinbach Pistons during the shortened 2020-21 season, sporting a 0.90 GAA and .961 SV% in 4 games.

He split the 2021-22 season between Moncton and Saint John in the QMJHL where he went 29-9 with a 2.53 GAA and .915 SV%. In 5 postseason games with the Sea Dogs, Couture went 2-2 with 2.21 GAA and .901 SV%.