The captain of the Remparts, Théo Rochette, has still not decided whether it is in Quebec or in Lausanne that he will spend the next season. However, the disappointing end to the season could encourage him to return to Quebec for one last year to try to win the first President’s Cup in 47 years in the Old Capital.
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The Remparts proceeded to the end-of-season individual meetings today, and the players tightened their grip for the last time. If last Wednesday night’s defeat in the final game remained bitter, several players spoke with optimism about next season, which should, in theory, be another good vintage for the Red Devils.
But that’s in a perfect world, the one to which everyone returns, including NHL prospects like Zachary Bolduc and Nathan Gaucher as well as Rochette.
The latter also sketched a smile when asked if the disappointment of a defeat in the semi-finals was an argument for a return to Quebec as a 20-year-old player next year.
“Indeed,” he said. It is sure that the way it ends, it was hard for everyone. We didn’t expect that and neither did the fans. It’s tough mentally and it makes you want to come back even stronger next year because we know we’re still going to have a good team. It makes you want to come back and try to win. »
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MASTER OF HIS DESTINY
Rochette, who, it should be remembered, has a contract with Lausanne HC in the Swiss National League A for next year, will weigh the pros and cons of the options available to him over the coming weeks.
Several stakeholders will be involved in the decision: Patrick Roy and the Remparts, Rochette’s agent, Olivier Fortier, Lausanne HC and, perhaps, the NHL team that will draft him or have him sign a contract.
Despite everything, the center player assures that he will have the final word.
“At the end of the day, it will be my decision. […] Both paths are very good paths. The Swiss league is one of the best in Europe and it wouldn’t be a bad path for me, far from it. There are a lot of examples of guys who went there and came back to North America. I also know that the junior can be a very good and profitable springboard for young players like me. These are two good options and we will discuss them. »
As he has done all season, Rochette faced the music today. His duo with Zachary Bolduc was not a shadow of himself in the playoffs, which certainly did not help the Remparts’ chances in the semi-finals against Shawinigan.
“I had a shoulder injury, but that didn’t stop me from playing. I am disappointed with my offensive performance. Defensively, we had big missions against the big lines, especially against Shawinigan, and we did a good job. On the other hand, in attack, we would have liked to be more efficient, especially me, and I am a little disappointed. However, I think I took a step forward during the season and in general, I am satisfied. »
Before leaving, Bolduc and Rochette have also discussed the possibility of meeting next year.
“Of course I would like him to come back,” said Bolduc. It is sure that to play with a guy like him, it is a chance. He’s a guy with incredible vision and he’s filled with talent. He’s a passer, a shooter, he can do anything on the ice. It would be the fun come back with us, but it’s up to him to see where he wants to put his career, “said the first-round pick of the St. Louis Blues, who will join their school club, the Springfield Thunderbirds, for the Eastern Conference final in the American League, against the Laval Rocket.
Louis Crevier ready to take the leap
He will join the Blackhawks for their development camp
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Louis Crevier checked Jordan Tourigny during a game between the Remparts and the Cataractes on May 26.
Without making a bad pun, Louis Crevier has made giant strides this season. Now that his junior career has come to an end, Crevier says he is now ready to begin the next chapter of his hockey career.
The tall, 6-foot-8, 214-pound defenseman has been a force on the Red Devils’ blue line all season and his game has reached another level in the playoffs, during which he — as Patrick Roy noted Wednesday — most of the time was the best player on the team.
“I lived several new experiences, including that of living an exchange and learning a new system of play. I had a different role and I was able to touch the numerical advantage. These are all experiences that have made me a better player game after game. Just touching the ice as much as I’ve done this year, there’s not much way to get better,” the friendly giant remarked today.
Those who won’t complain about the defenseman’s progress are the Chicago Blackhawks, who own his rights after claiming him in the seventh round of the 2020 draft. Crevier will join the Hawks for their development camp starting in July 9 next.
“I look at it with confidence,” he said. Going to the United States, you can’t really prepare and I don’t know how it’s going to be, but I’m trying to take everyone’s advice. I can’t wait to see the sequel. »
After spending the first three seasons of his career with the Chicoutimi Saguenéens, Crevier had the chance to conclude his junior internship as a 20-year-old player with his hometown team in Quebec. A priceless opportunity, he admits.
“It was really a great experience and I’m happy to have experienced it in my last year. Sometimes I find it a bit difficult for the other guys. Here, we are treated so well and when you get traded at your 19 or 20 year, without taking anything away from the other teams, but often they don’t have the same budget. I’m glad I finished this here. It feels like a professional organization. The way we are treated and the coaching staff in place made it kind of a stepping stone for me for the next stage. »
what they said
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“The fact remains that it still has a little bitter taste. It’s mainly the way it ended, with a questionable call from the referee. Not being able to play the hockey that I am able to play, in the playoffs, is frustrating too. »
– Forward Zachary Bolduc on the abrupt end to the season
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“We still have the chance to be good next year. Even if we lost, we gained experience in the playoffs. It’s fun because everyone is going to come to training camp next year ready to win it all. »
– Defender Nicolas Savoie
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“It hurts, but there is one who wins and the other who loses. We all thought we’d make it to the end. It’s hard. It’s been an exceptional season with an exceptional group. We take a lot of positives out of it. All the guys, we love each other. It was a good year. »
– Mikaël Huchette on the last season
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“I’m happy with my season, with the team’s results, it’s been great fun. But it’s difficult, we’ll admit it. There are times that are more difficult mentally and where there is more pressure. I admit it to you at the end of the season! What brought me back was really focusing on my game and the team. On the other hand, it is sure that you think about it. I’ve been dreaming about this year since I started playing hockey so it’s a bit stressful. »
– First-round prospect in the upcoming NHL Draft Nathan Gaucher
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“It’s his decision, but for sure we would like him to come back. We can’t control that. »
– William Rousseau on the possible departure of Patrick Roy