Groulx cut by Team Canada Junior, then traded to the Wildcats
He was to spend the holidays in the Czech Republic. He will finally have to wake up in New Brunswick.
In the next few hours, Benoît-Olivier Groulx will have to digest the events that have been jostling during one of the most trying weekends of his young career.
The leaders of Team Canada Junior first announced some delicate news to him. He will not participate in the World Championship. There was one last striker to take off. He was the unfortunate elected.
“We had a very difficult decision to make. We have removed an athlete who has been playing for some time in the national excellence program, ”said Shawn Bullock, director of the men’s national teams at Hockey Canada.
Groulx actually participated in the Youth Olympic Games, in addition to shining at the U17 and U18 level.
“At the end of the day, we made a mature decision for our entire team,” said the hockey man.
When he returns home, Groulx will have to settle in a new environment.
The leaders of the Halifax Mooseheads have confirmed a rumor that has been around for a few days. Groulx, their captain, goes to the Moncton Wildcats.
“We are happy, in a way, to be able to hand over Ben-O to the Wildcats, a team that has a real chance of winning the Memorial Cup,” said Mooseheads general manager Cam Russell.
In his fourth season in the QMJHL, Groulx collected 41 points in 26 games. Until recently, he was captain of the Mooseheads.
Under contract with the Anaheim Ducks, he should make the jump to professionals next year.