The succession of Alain Cote is set. The Quebec Times learned that Tuesday afternoon in briefing the Blizzard of Trois-Rivieres present Jonathan Lessard as its new trusted man to direct traffic on the bench of the training north American hockey League.
Lessard will not need much time to become familiar with the team’s neighborhoods. He played for nine seasons at the old Colisee de Trois-Rivieres. After a junior career four years, including three and a half with the Cataractes, Lessard joined the UQTR Patriotes on the university scene, vest he wore for four years. He then made the jump to the LNAH evolving with Caron et Guay for five years.
After retiring from hockey, the training of teachers went behind the bench in the Mauritian senior hockey. First in his hometown of Saint-Leonard d’Aston, then with the Bellemare in Louiseville. Last year, he served as assistant to Martin Raymond and Jean-Francois Gregoire at the Drummondville Voltigeurs.
The managing director of Blizzard, Sylvain Robert, met some candidates in recent weeks, before making a choice on Lessard, whose aggressive playing style was tailor-made for the LNAH. Negotiations lasted several days and led to an agreement Monday night. It will be interesting to see if his hiring will affect the playing style practiced by the team.
Lessard thus takes over from Cote, who spent just over three seasons at the helm of the team. At the end of the playoffs, Côté decided to bow out for family reasons. The team has since formalized his return for next season, then proceeded to the Entry Draft last weekend in Sorel. After these two crucial steps, the next wave of Robert and his partners was to bring back to the fold Lessard.