In interview with colleague Dave Ainsley there less than a month, Gilles Bouchard was said to be “a destiny of guy.” Must admit that it hit in the mile by offering us a final QMJHL between Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and the Shawinigan Cataractes that begins Wednesday night in Abitibi.
First, Bouchard renouera with a region that has seen him grow as a coach, who spent nearly 15 years in one or other of the Mauricie hockey teams. Four years with Estacades Trois-Rivières as an assistant coach, two with a certain Claude Bouchard, eight seasons as a “coach” chief Midget AAA formation and another in the same functions with the Patriots University of Quebec, before accepting the challenge offered by the Huskies.
“Life is full of all sorts of twists and turns of time, it is quite extraordinary,” agreed Gilles Bouchard, who also regain its former accomplice Claude Bouchard face the Cataractes. The native of Normandin is aware that the situation is candy for journalists, but he intends to concentrate on the task to perform.
“This is a special situation, but it’s still hockey, and the most important is the next game, played down the coach of the Huskies, admitting in passing that it is even call Claude at the chance! The situation is special, but we must put the ” focus ” in the right place. I speak today, but from tomorrow, we fall into the concrete and the focus is on the preparation of the team. ”
The 45-year coaching therefore likely to be highly stressed during his visit to the parties in the Mauricie number three and four of the series, Sunday and Monday. However, he warned his friends who would have liked to spend time with him.
“I have a lot of knowledge and it’ll be fun to work with people, but still, I can not please all the world, he argued. My focus will be on the work I have to do is to lead hockey games and talking to journalists. ”
In this final of the President’s Cup, which has never been won by either of the two competing teams, Gilles Bouchard wants his players can not see too far. A facet that may have been lacking in the semifinal against the Moncton Wildcats.
“It seemed to take some games lightly and mentally, our preparation was not timely, noted coach that is characterized as a quiet and humble man behind the bench. We had a little head after that date. They are young and it is asking for them. Be careful not to fall into the trap. ”
Gilles Bouchard will be without Timo Meier for the first match of the final. The Swiss striker was suspended part for setting dubious failure at the sixth duel with the Moncton Wildcats on Sunday.
“I do not see it as a clash between Gilles Bouchard and I assured Claude Bouchard. It is mainly a duel between the Huskies and the Cataractes. We know it’s a good team in the league and they have not finished first for nothing. ”
voluble nature of the pilot Cataractes this time weighed his words. He said attention must especially be paid to the players of both teams.
“I do not feel anything in particular to run against a guy from the same region as mine, he reiterated. I have great respect for Gilles, I loved working with him when he was with the Estacades Trois-Rivières, but nothing more than that. ”