There will be two representatives from Quebec with Junior Team Canada. After Montreal goalie Devon Levi, whose place was confirmed Thursday, Val-d’Or Foreurs forward Jakob Pelletier also received the good news on Friday morning.
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Pelletier will be one of four QMJHL players who will take part in the World Junior Hockey Championship from December 25 to January 5 in Edmonton, the others being forward Dawson Mercer (Chicoutimi) and defensemen Justin Barron (Halifax) and Jordan Spence ( Moncton).
This means that the course of Samuel Poulin, Mavrik Bourque and Lukas Cormier ended on Friday, during the last wave of ÉCJ’s entrenchments.
“I’m so happy, it’s a dream come true,” said Pelletier. To be able to be part of this edition, it’s incredible. I’m happy with what I did in the intra-team matches and I was still confident that I had done enough, but not from there to say that I was assured of my place. I was still stressed yesterday [jeudi] and this morning [vendredi] He mentioned on the phone from his hotel room.
BY HIS PARENTS
Much like it had done the day before with the three goaltenders, Devon Levi, Taylor Gauthier and Dylan Garand, Team Canada Junior let the family of players tell them the good news.
“The coaches would go from room to room and they had our families on video calls. They are the ones who announced it to us, ”he said.
Coming from a tightly knit family, Pelletier recognizes that this was a special moment.
“Even if we are far away, to be able to live it with them was something beautiful. With COVID-19, I haven’t had the opportunity to see them much since I left for Val-d’Or. I only returned home two days before I left for Red Deer. ”
However, he also learned that his good friend Poulin could not participate in the adventure with him.
“He came to see me this morning [vendredi]. It’s hard for him, he thought he had done well. I also thought he played well, but at the same time, there were so many good players in the camp. I wish I could have lived that with him, but it’s part of hockey. ”
READY TO CONTRIBUTE
Now that he is one of the 14 forwards selected by the national team, Pelletier will have to prove that he deserves his place among the 12 starters. As he had mentioned at the start of the camp, he knows what role he will be asked to play and he is ready to do anything to contribute.
“I can bring speed and intensity. I’m a guy who never lets go. I know if I’m in the top 12 on offense I’ll be called on to play on a third or fourth row or shorthanded. I’m not going to be a guy we’re going to use on the power play. My role will be to bring positivism to the team. I know I will play less than I play in Val-d’Or, but I’ll be there for the guys, whatever. “
The presence of so few Quebec hockey players with Junior Team Canada can be explained by several factors, including the immense depth in the Canadian attack this year due to the fact that many players who should play in the NHL are not there. again.
One thing is certain, Tourigny is well placed to know to what extent the place of Quebecers within the national team can be a sensitive subject and he was questioned on this subject by a colleague.
” It’s the same [ailleurs], he assured. I had this kind of question when we cut WHL Player of the Year Adam Beckman. We also cut Seth Jarvis, a player selected 13e overall in the NHL and who made 69 points in their last 24 games last year. We cut the two best pointers in the WHL. There, they think the same thing as the world in Quebec. The difference between the seventh and the 26e best striker in Canada is very thin. There are some excellent players who have been cut and who would have deserved their place and [Mavrik] Bourque and [Samuel] Poulin are one of them. ”
Now his team is complete, Tourigny says he is very satisfied with what he has in his hands.
“We have a team with a lot of depth and speed. We will have a talented team with a lot of skills. We like the kind of team we have since we have depth and imposing players in all positions. “
ECJ, like the nine other countries competing at the Worlds, will enter the Edmonton bubble on Sunday.