Report: Columbus Pick Quenneville Leaving Quinnipiac
CHN Staff Report
One cornerstone of Quinnipiac's oustanding freshman is leaving for Major Junior.
Peter Quenneville has left for the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL, the Wheat Kings announced on their web site. The Edmonton native was a seventh-round pick of Columbus in the 2013 NHL Draft.
No reason was given for his reported departure, but Peter's brother John Quenneville is a highly-touted 17-year old who plays for Brandon. Another brother, who is currently 15, is expected to join next year.
"We wish Peter all the best as he moves on,” Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold said in a statement. “Peter wants to focus only on hockey and at Quinnipiac University, our student-athletes are committed to excellence in both hockey and academics. We were surprised by his decision to leave."
In order to play for Brandon, Peter Quenneville's rights had to be acquired from Prince George, suggesting that arrangement was worked out before Quenneville agreed to leave Quinnipiac.
In five games this season for Quinnipiac, Quenneville had four assists. He had 33 goals and 70 points last season for USHL champion Dubuque.
"We're excited with the addition of Peter," Brandon general manager Kelly McCrimmon said. "With only one 19-year old forward on our team, Peter will be a great fit. He will upgrade our skill and make us a better team."