(Victoriaville) The Element Victoriavillois Shawn became, at the beginning, one of the few products of the school preparatory Hockey League (LHPS) to be selected among the top ten draft pick in the QMJHL.
The skillful skater selected in 9th by the Baie-Comeau Drakkar did not hesitate long when it came time to choose a school and sports courses. If he continued in the organization suggested by Hockey Quebec, he had systematically sacrifice during the last period to run for bantam AAA workouts. The Claretian College, with the Grail, he could attend all courses, in addition to benefit from top management.
“I did not go to the versatile and miss 25% of my classes because of practice. It is not logical at all. Especially since I am well aware that not all the players who manage to live hockey. It takes a plan B, “said one who would like to become a policeman or fireman once his hockey career thing of the past.
Element was well aware that the caliber offered in LHPS was not as pointed, but the Claretian College, he had the opportunity to work under the orders of Carl Mallette, a former professional hockey with an extensive network of contacts. The latter managed to offer him the necessary visibility so that it is grafted to Estacades Trois-Rivières in the Midget AAA system a few years later.
According to Shawn Element, the LHPS take more and more space in the portrait of the Quebec hockey through its innovative model and advantageous for the players. Of course, size is likely to climb.
Listed 18th level by the Central Scouting QMJHL Shawn Element did not expect to hear his name so early. In fact, he had his eyes on the table of the Victoriaville Tigres, the team of his hometown, when the Drakkar took the stage.
“Of course I would have liked to play with the Tigers, but I’m glad the Drakkar to trust me. I met them three weeks earlier, I think they liked the interview. They said they liked my style of play, “he says.
Talented offensively, Element is also known for his physical and intense play. Let’s say he does not pray to distribute checks.