Even if their road came to an end in the semi-final in the Challenge cup north american hockey, at the end of the week, in Worcester, near Boston, the passage of the Jeannois du Collège d’alma in the United States, and included are lot of positive points.
The training almatoise has been subjected to the elimination, on Sunday morning, losing 2-1 against the Winners of the Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe, leaders in the general classification in the circuit québécois de hockey college.
“We have not managed to qualify for the final, but the goal was to make it to Sunday to at least play the semi-finals, told the head coach of the Jeannois, Pascal Hudon. All in all, it was a beautiful tournament and it has met our objectives. In the course of the four days spent there, we had targets in terms of team chemistry and performance on the ice. We can say mission accomplished in these two categories. It was a good trip. “
In addition to removing a little rust from the Holiday season, the Jeannois have spent beautiful moments, attending various sporting and cultural events. The players attended a game of the Bruins hockey, Celtics, basketball, and they visited Harvard University, in addition to being present at a meeting of the team of university hockey in the NCAA.
“In addition to the hockey, we have done a lot of things that were good for the team spirit,” admitted Pascal Hudon. It puts us in the bath in a different atmosphere. It allows us to play matches, but it is also a great cultural experience and it makes us go out in a medium of English. “
The recruiter-in-chief of the Jeannois, Jean-François Doré, has also made the trip to Worcester to create contacts with u.s. recruiters present at the tournament. The one who occupies also a post of scout with the Drillers Val-d’or had the task of selling the talent of some players of the team who would have an interest in american colleges in a future more or less close.
Aware that his team has not been perfect over the course of the four meetings held in the State of Massachusetts, the coach informed that the situation had been allowed to take the lead in the preparation of the final 11 games of the season. The Jeannois are installed on the sixth place in the overall standings, making fi a the beginning of the season difficult.
“We had won 12 of our last 16 meetings before the Holidays. We hope to be able to regain our composure for the end of the calendar, ” responded Pascal Hudon.