Twenty-eight years after leaving his native Victoriaville to continue his hockey career, Eric Veilleux has returned to the fold in order to direct and lead the Tigers to a child. He ended his union with the Edmonton Oilers and has signed a three year agreement with the Cats.
“Thank you for giving me the chance to work for my hometown club. This is where it all began. It takes a good base to do this job without the coaches in the area, I would not be sitting at this table, “he said.
Veilleux always wanted to be a Tiger and he was disappointed when the team looked up at him 13 times in as many rounds at the Midget Draft in 1989. Determined to demonstrate that it was wrong, he happy to counteract Alexandre Daigle and Claude Savoie and has helped enroll 125 points with the Laval Titan during the 1992-93 season.
He continued to pester the Victoriavillois as coach, bringing the Shawinigan Cataractes and Baie-Comeau Drakkar far in the playoffs more often than not in recent years.
All this, however, is something of the past and Veilleux intends to use his knowledge and experience to win their first President Cup. He obviously wants this victory allows him to advance his career.
“I will not hide that the first question I asked in my interview was whether the team was going in the right direction. There are people who say they want to win and there are others who do what it takes to go far. I heard great things about this team, he statue. It must be said that coaches are more scrutinized by NHL teams in the Canadian Football League in the League of the East Coast where I was. ”
Experienced coach, Éric Veilleux will however in his debut as director general and he will enter the QMJHL in a few weeks a draft that looks crucial for the future of the organization. Still, the hockey man hears patience. It will take time to assess its resources before making decisions that will change the face of the team.
“I saw the charter, but I do not know the players. I will not begin to trade to trade. I know that missing pieces, but I would rather make a good transaction all but three eighth notes, he illustrates. In this sense, I have a small update to my knowledge in connection with the league. I will also get an idea of how the Tigers evaluate their players. ”
Veilleux was initially met for the position of head coach Victoriavillois. This is a result of the resignation of Daniel Fréchette, for health reasons, he was offered the dual functions. “This is not something that scares me. I have accumulated some experience of management in the past, “he reassures.