From Sherbrooke to Moncton
The Blue Eagles of the Université de Moncton have been full of players at the Sherbrooke Phœnix. Led by a well-known regional coach, Judes Vallée, the Maritime club came to terms with the Phoenix’s three 20-year-old hockey players, Alex-Olivier Voyer, Yann-Felix Lapointe and Felix Robert.
B hile they cover all the professional ranks, the three current players of the Phoenix are committed to evolve for the Aigles Bleus they finally opt for the Canadian university circuit to pursue their careers and studies.
Great news for the former Phoenix coach, the Canton of Magog and the Champlain College Cougars:
“The Blue Eagles have a great history with Sherbrooke, recalls Judes Vallée. They will not be the first to come from Sherbrooke, or to have played in Sherbrooke, to play at home. We are very happy to be able to count on them. I am aware that there is a risk of seeing them make the jump among professionals. Felix, Yann-Felix and Alex-Olivier are three good friends and we like to develop a good chemistry by welcoming players who share the same values as us. We are forming a family here in Moncton and this spirit helps to maximize the good results. ”
Remember that the former NHL player Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau, who played for the Sherbrooke Castors, is the assistant behind the Eagles’ bench. Former Phoenix players Vincent Deslauriers and Édouard Michaud also play in Moncton. The former captain of the formation also came from Sherbrooke: Thierry Comtois.
Judes Vallée ensures that players from Lambton (Robert), Granby (Lapointe) and Sherbrooke (Voyer) will play an important role in their first season on the Canadian university circuit:
“Our weakness is currently on the attack and adding Yann-Felix to our lineup, we would also consolidate our defense. In the university circuit, there are players who are aged up to 26 years, so sometimes, at 21, it is difficult to get an important role, so we are very happy to welcome leaders of this quality. ”
According to Judes Vallée, the Blue Eagles have important arguments for attracting student athletes to Moncton.
“We offer a favorable environment. Our cloakroom has been renovated. Our staff takes care of the athletes. We have a good mentoring system and the city is interesting and safe. These three players have great ambitions and do well in school and more. We also know that the league is getting stronger and the Maritime teams are winning championships. And that does not mean that if they join us, they can forget professional hockey. On the contrary, several recruiters attend our games “, summarizes the one who is delighted by the success experienced by his former club in the QMJHL this season.
“It’s well deserved! “