Blue Jackets Prospect James Malatesta Leading Quebec Remparts to Memorial Cup Final

By Coby Maeir on May 30, 2023 at 10:15 am
Columbus Blue Jackets forward James Malatesta (67) shoots against the St. Louis Blues during the first period at Enterprise Center.
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After winning the QMJHL's Playoff MVP behind a 14-6--20 performance, Blue Jackets prospect James Malatesta is leading the Quebec Remparts to the Memorial Cup Final. 

In the Remparts' Memorial Cup opener, they faced the tournament-hosting Kamloops Blazers and won 8-3 behind a hat trick from Malatesta, who was named the player of the game.

Quebec's momentum continued Monday night as they defeated the WHL-champion Seattle Thunderbirds 3-1. While Malatesta didn't record a point, he made his mark on the game, hitting the crossbar with a wrist shot and getting into an altercation with Blackhawks prospect Colton Dach after hitting Golden Knights prospect Jordan Gustafson into the boards near the end of the second period.

With Quebec's win over Seattle, it clinches a spot in Sunday's Memorial Cup Final which starts at 7 p.m. ET. However, Malatesta and the Remparts still have one game of round-robin play left as they'll take on the OHL-champion Peterborough Petes Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET.