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A year full of emotions for Pierrick Dubé

President Cup champion, Memorial Cup semi-finalist and guest at the Montreal Canadiens development camp, the past few months have not been easy for former Septilien Pierrick Dubé. The main interested party tells us about his experiences during his time at the Carbonneau-Duchesne-Dykhuis hockey school.

“Having the chance to finish my junior internship as a winner is an incredible feeling. I still get chills when I think of the overtime winning goal in Charlottetown. “, explains Pierrick Dubé from the outset. And chills, he is right to have them. It was he who propelled his team to the Memorial Cup with the decisive goal in the fifth game of the Courteau circuit final.

After playing for the Quebec Remparts for three seasons and playing nearly fifteen games with the Chicoutimi Saguenéens, Dubé seemed to be headed for the Baie-Comeau Drakkar following a trade when, to everyone’s surprise, , he refused to show up for the team’s training camp at the start of the 2021–22 season.

A choice that the young man of 21 does not regret, since he greatly appreciated the role of veteran he had within the organization of the Cataractes de Shawinigan, team which acquired him from Baie-Comeau during a transaction at the start of the season.

“I loved playing the role of veteran in a mature team like the one we had. We were several 20-year-old players, but we also had young people playing important roles. We took our role of helping them and showing them the way to heart. After all the time spent together, we have become one big family and I am very proud of what we have achieved together. », rejoices Dubé.

After collecting 151 points in 219 games in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), Dubé saw his junior career come to an end when his team lost in the semi-finals of the Memorial Cup against their rivals, the St. John Sea Dogs. About ten days later, he was on his way to the Canadiens’ development camp.

An NHL Camp

Although he was not drafted by a National Hockey League (NHL) team, Dubé is confident that he will take part in the bleu-blanc-rouge training camp this fall. “The Canadiens’ development camp went well, I don’t want to confirm anything until I hear the news, but normally I should be in training camp in September. It’s something special as a Quebecer to have the chance to prove myself to this team. says Dubé excitedly.

An unforgettable experience for the native of Lyon in France, who had the chance to rub shoulders with, among others, the first choice in the last draft of the NHL, Juraj Slafkovsky. “It’s not for nothing that he was chosen first overall, he is used to playing with men and he has the maturity to play in the NHL this year, I was impressed with what I have seen,” he says.

Pierrick Dubé is not short of options for the 2022-2023 season if he does not manage to carve out a place with Sainte-Flanelle. “Of course I would like to stay in the Canadiens’ entourage this year, but there are also other teams that have approached me and my ultimate goal is to play in the big league, so I will go there. wherever they want me,” explains Dubé. The latter also mentions that he still has the option of going to play in his native country, but that he prefers to concentrate on his primary objective for the moment.

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The former Shawinigan Cataractes believes that despite his offensive talent, he will have to improve other facets of his game to carve out a place in the biggest hockey league in the world.

“I have a lot of individual skills, I have good puck control, good shooting and great skating, but I would like to work on the defensive side of my game to become more complete. I risk playing a more defensive role in the next few years and it is important for me to improve myself at this level. I like to compare my style of play to that of Jonathan Marchessault, he is explosive and good with the puck, I now have to find a way to become effective on both sides of the ice like him,” explains the young prospect.

After a summer season spent training with players like Marc-Édouard Vlasic, Patrice Bergeron and Phillip Danault, we bet Pierrick Dubé will be ready to fulfill his dream of playing in the National Hockey League next September.

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