(Victoriaville) The hockey department of the Victoriaville Tigres is practically deserted. After Governor Jean Marcotte and the General Manager and Head Coach Éric Veilleux, it was the turn of the President, Johnny Izzi, bowing noon Tuesday.
This decision took everyone by surprise and suggests that the environment Gaudreau general manager was pushed out. Izzi was busy meeting with hockey men in the last days to replace Veilleux as the new CEO. A rumor from a local weekly is that a group of shareholders will be convened in order to request his departure.
Information that the shareholder Louis Lafleur denies. It ensures they have never been informed of any meeting. “I assume there must be a quorum, because it is not all shareholders were invited. Perhaps there he has special voting shares? I probably will have some questions for the next meeting of shareholders. I received a check for my actions? No, not yet, so I must be one of the shareholders, “he said.
In a statement, the board also defends its president. “The Board wishes to emphasize that the decisions taken in the last two years of Mr. Izzi mandate were approved by its members. These last years have been affected by several events beyond our control and unpredictable. We have always made decisions in the best interest of the Tigers to the best of our knowledge, “it said.
Members of the c. Tigers are also thanked Johnny Izzi for two years as president. “We emphasize the tremendous work done by Mr. Izzi in these extremely difficult circumstances, and this, both administratively and in terms of hockey,” continues do we.
The Board wishes to reassure his followers that everything will be done to ensure a smooth transition to the presidency as well as regarding the vacancies. It ensures that everything will be ready for the next training camp.
“We intend to take action quickly and we will issue further comments in the coming days,” said Eric Lefebvre, a director, adding that the council members had agreed not to comment further.
Charbonneau in the running?
Before qu’Izzi announced his resignation, he met a handful of hockey men, including former director general of the Sherbrooke Phoenix, Patrick Charbonneau. According to persistent rumors, Izzi chose to rescind the positions of general manager and coach and Charbonneau would have made him particularly good impression. They say he was the candidate favored by the organization.
Charbonneau would become the fifth CEO named to the second floor in the two-year presidency of Johnny Izzi.
After seeing Jerome Mesonero leave his post after seven years of service, he turned to Yanick Jean, who had just been fired by the same Mesonéro. This quickly made him lurch to accept the dual functions with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens. The Chair then opted for his goalkeeping coach, Daniel Fréchette, who had to resign in the last month for health reasons, but not without having fired head coach Bruce Richardson, for reasons still nebulous.
Replacing Fréchette, the Cats led Eric Veilleux in the Bois-Francs, but have again been part company shortly afterwards. Several men Hockey tempering Veilleux yet choose to respect their agreements in the QMJHL before accepting an offer the American League. It seems that the conditions were not right to forbid it in the Bois-Francs.
Bruce Richardson has no plans to dance on the grave of Johnny Izzi, but is ready to become a Tiger Victoriaville if the next CEO decides.
“For sure I’ll be tuned in if the phone rings. It’s a whole new organization now and there are not many men who know hockey players like me. I have coached over the last two years, “he notes.
Invited to comment on the departure of the president who endorsed his first dismissal in career, Richardson played the card of “politically correct”, saying he found it “flat” for this team and these players are promised two beautiful seasons. He noted that the organization beginning of a funny way of its 30th anniversary.
Former Feline agreed to make a comeback with the Chateauguay Grenadiers in the Midget AAA League, but is still paid by the victoriavilloise organization. He still has trouble understanding what influenced the Tigers to show him the door.
“I sacrificed two years of my life for the Tigers. In my first season, we were sixth at Festivals and preferred share all our good players for the future. Thereafter, it was play our young people to progress. Now they mature, I am no longer welcome. It’s hard to accept, “said the instructor, obviously still bitter.
Richardson says still have many friends in Victoriaville and members of his family are very much in the Bois-Francs, which obviously would facilitate a new move.