Zakorzermy veut perpétuer la tradition
Sherbrooke’s Mathis Zakorzermy was not going to miss the opportunity to play midget AAA near his home for the second year in a row. Entrenched a year ago at the Magog Cantonese camp, Zakorzermy had found a niche in Saint-Hyacinthe with the Gauls who had asked for it.
C ette season Zakorzermy had the choice to stay with the Gauls or back knocking on the door of Cantonniers. The regulations of the Quebec Midget AAA League give this chance to the players to return with the team of their region if they wish it. This is the option that Zakorzermy favored.
“It was a heartbreaking choice. The Gauls are still those who gave me a chance to break into the midget AAA at 15 years. I might have had more ice time in the midget hope in Sherbrooke, but I sincerely believe that for my personal development, playing midget AAA with older, more mature guys, that forced me to shoot toward the high. We ended the year winning the Dodge Cup, even if it was not the first goal. I still have guys I know in the Gauls, we must not forget. Some guys with whom I had great moments. I have excellent memories of my visit to Saint-Hyacinthe. In addition, the Gauls will be the host team of the Telus Cup in 2021. This is a beautiful showcase for players,
But nothing better than going home. “I find guys I did all my minor hockey with. This weighed heavily in the balance. I play in the next town of my family, it’s wonderful. I will not hide either that I knew that playing with the Cantonnieres I joined a large organization and a team that knows how to win. Hard to regret my choice and not to please me, “he says.
When he confirmed to the Cantoners in June that he chose to return to Magog, Zakorzermy never got the assurance that he would start the season with the Cantoners. “I had to earn my job. Felix Potvin was clear on this. I had to prove that I was a better player than a year ago. I was very happy when I was told that I had my place with the Cantoners. Right now, I think it would be hard to find a happier guy than me in the locker room, “claims Zakorzermy.
Zakorzermy, who can play both in the center and the wing, will now do everything possible to prove to the Cantoners that they have made the right choice by bringing him back with them. “I have no goals in terms of statistics. I want to use my size (six feet one inch, 180 pounds) to make my physical presence felt on the ice. Be consistent and be at my best against the right teams. As a veteran, I have my share of leadership to bring. I like this. The Cantoners have been champions for two years because they have always aligned players willing to sacrifice themselves and who do not think about their personal sheet. This is the path I am going to take. I want to continue the tradition, “insists the one who belongs to the Gatineau Olympiques in the QMJHL.