Patriots hockey: ammunition for the offensive
Three Rivers — While the Carleton Ravens, the Gaels of Queen’s, the Mustangs of Western and the Gryphons of Guelph competing in the semi-finals of the university League of Ontario, the Patriotes of UQTR are already preparing for their next campaign. Since the elimination at the hands of the Ravens, two weeks ago, head coach Marc-Étienne Hubert has already recruited six new players to improve his team.
After a season 2018-19 disappointing, the pilot of the Patriots wanted to add punch to his offensive and this is exactly what he claims to have done in turning to Jordan Martel of the Drakkar of Baie-Comeau (52 points in 53 games), and William Leblanc, best pointer in the League hockey junior AAA with 116 points in 48 outings.
It’s not the group of attackers that will enhance its key offensive. At the rear, Félix Boivin, Drillers, Val-d’or, will give a boost to the defenders already in place. He will join at the same time his brother Christopher, a maverick of the team. This season, he comes in the fourth rank of the defenders of the QMJHL for the number of points collected (51).
“This is not a secret for anyone, our offensive was based a lot on our first trio this year. We suffered a lot from lack of opportunism. It therefore adds players to the offensive character,” says Hubert.
The veteran and the captain of the Drakkar last season, Antoine Girard, will accompany the latter also to the alignment. This season, he has been stuck in the infirmary after being made to operate during the summer period. “He is a true warrior who will bring a lot of passion and character to our group. He is anxious to get back to the game,” stressed the coach of the Patriots.
In addition, the custodian shawiniganais Mathieu Bellemare, a former Cataracts de Shawinigan and current member of the Titans of Princeville, in the LHJAAAQ, the attacker he Vincent Milot-Ouellet, who currently works with the Storm of Grande Prairie in the junior League of Alberta, and the defender he Vincent Lampron, the Inouk de Granby in the LHJAAAQ, enfileront the green jersey and orange next season.
“We just improve what we needed to improve in addition to provide depth. We continue to have discussions with other players who could become key elements. After a season with disappointing, if one has the opportunity to improve the team, we’re going to do.”
During this time, the Patriots Mathieu Lemay, Christophe Boivin, Loïk Léveillé and Sébastien Auger were preparing to defend the colours of Canada, from Saturday, to the Universiade held in Russia.