THREE-RIVERS — Sometimes, the results on the ice matter very little. The attacker of the Canadian of Montreal, Phillip Danault, has had a evidence of concrete Tuesday. This to Three-Rivers for a photo shoot for the calendar of Leucan Mauricie–Centre-du-Québec, the number 24 of the Habs made the happiness of two young hockey fans struggling with the disease.
In addition to taking the pause to the sides of the door-colors Blue-white-red, Etienne, 13, and Anthony, 10 years ago, have been able to spend long minutes to discuss with their new idol, everything and nothing. But especially hockey!
In the course of the discussion, it has never been a question of the Canadian, who has missed the playoffs. The questions were more statements on the return-to-play of Shea Weber, the preferred language of the locker room and, of course, of these playoffs. The victory of Alex Ovechkin on Sidney Crosby, more precisely. “In fact, Ovechkin has won before Malkin… Because Malkin is better,” said Anthony Danault.
For Anthony, it was a total surprise, to him who believed simply go to the studio to participate in the calendar. The disbelief was easy to read on her face when Danault made his entrance in the studio. Wearing his sweater Carey Price, Anthony could not help fix his new best friend’s eyes. “I was not expecting it pantoute! Phillip Danault is my favorite player”, he started, with a wide smile.
For his part, Stephen, who owns more than 3000 cards from hockey, came well prepared. Put in the perfume of the visit of the NHL player, he had taken care to bring with him a few cards Danault, issue of the sign. Two of these cards, in the uniform of the Chicago black hawks, have captured the attention of a member of the Habs. “I’ve never seen these cards before. You going to be the only one to have it autographed,” he has slipped Danault.
Stephen was not his first encounter with a player in the Canadian. Danault is in addition to him, has a list that includes Carey Price, Tomas Plekanec, Paul Byron, Andrew Shaw and Jacob De La Rose. However, the discussion with Danault had a particular stamp, since the two are from Victoriaville. “I’m a big fan of the Canadian. It’s really cool to meet him.”
Already involved in the fight against bullying, Danault maintains that this involvement with Leucan Mauricie–Centre-du-Québec was a natural one. “I am involved in the golf tournament Pro-Am of Patrice Bergeron, who supports Leucan. Today, it is a nice surprise for the young, but it is also my happiness to me. It is something very special in my eyes,” says the one who has concluded his visit by inviting two young people to come to the meet for a workout the next season.
An invitation that will certainly not be forgotten anytime soon!