A smooth adaptation

Une adaptation en douceur

In the last few months, the life of Theo Rochette has been fairly eventful. He was selected seventh overall by the Saguenéens in the last chance League the Quebec major junior hockey, the native of Switzerland has made its niche in Chicoutimi, accompanied by his mother, Christine Rochette.

Things are going swimmingly for the young man of 16 years both on the ice and outside, ensures that his father, Stéphane, a trip to Quebec for a few days. Arrived on Sunday, he returned to Switzerland on Thursday night because of his professional obligations of a hockey analyst for the television network national. “It is always a little felt in Quebec,” argued the father on integration, recalling that all the small family spent four years in Donnacona, from 2007 to 2011, and that Rochette still have a lot of relatives in the province.

“For the moment, it is number one. It is very, very happy. It is well-installed with my wife. Everything has been done for it to work “, stresses Stéphane Rochette, showing that they were also satisfied with the way things on the benches of school, while his son has just begun his fifth secondary school.

The adaptation is done very well for his wife, who has dual nationality, swiss and French. Every day, she works from home. The trio also has daily contact, despite the large time difference. The two parents took the opportunity this week to attend the meeting on Wednesday in Rimouski.

Of course, Stéphane Rochette, a former referee, has paid a subscription fee to follow Theo and the Saguenéens at a distance. “At least, I can see it evolve “, he says, saying look at the overall picture and on this point, it was all positive since the beginning of the season, throwing to the passage of the flowers to the coaches of the Sags as well as to his agent Dominic Ricard agency CAA. “I’m not surprised, he was already playing with guys 20 years last year. I knew that even if this is not the same level, he is accustomed to compete with the players over old. Theo has always had the capacity to adapt to its environment. I am very happy with the way it goes, especially as he has the trust of the coaches “, evaluates to Stéphane Rochette, encouraging his son to continue to play the right way and the points will follow, he who now has three in eight meetings, despite good overall performance.

“I have the feeling that it is not rewarded as it should be in terms of points. On the length of the season, it will eventually balance “, to agree on the paternal side.

For the head coach Yanick Jean, the presence of her mother has much of an impact on the young man who has responded well in many game situations since the beginning of the season. “It is really impressive, regardless of the rink. He has not played a lot of games on the ice in north america in recent years. The adaptation was really well made. I love his ‘game’ of 200 feet. He plays both sides of the puck, he wants to learn and get involved, ” noted the driver of the Blue.

“It will only advance by taking physical strength as his career goes along the way. You can see that it has a very good head of hockey “, to resume Yanick Jean, confident that other young people like Hendrix Lapierre and Artemi Kniazev also show an impressive advance.

“These are talented players. When you put them in important situations, this is not a question of age, but having the capacity to do it, what they have. Now, we don’t see too far. A season is a long time. It is a marathon of 68 games. It is only in the month of October. There are still a lot of road and work to do “, remembering Yanick Jean, highlighting the good work of supervision of the veterans in the locker room so they feel at ease.



With three straight wins on the road and a sequence of six games with at least a point, the players of the Sags should avoid falling in the complacency, with appointments in Sherbrooke on Friday and Shawinigan on Saturday.

“It is necessary to avoid falling into traps where you say to yourself that you can work less hard, or that it has already beat this team so it’s going to be easy. In our league, there are no easy matches. When you’re not working, you don’t have success. Once you have said, it’s going to be trial and error. It is necessary to live the situations, both positive and more difficult to learn to manage them “, to agree Yanick Jean.

“I find that since the beginning of the season, we rest in the present moment. We are not going to far forward. It is always in the now and it brings to us “, to evaluate the head coach.

“What I remember at this time, it is the mental aspect. We lost a game against Halifax that we deserved to win. We offered a good performance the next day, face to Charlottetown where we could have won and that we lost again in a shootout. We came back to the charge Wednesday. On many occasions, our guys would have been able to show signs of frustration when Rimouski was constantly. Mentally, they stayed sharp as I want them to be “, to assert Yanick Jean, indicating that the chances were good that Félix-Antoine Marcotty makes a return to the game on Friday.



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• The former of Sags Nicolas Roy knows a the beginning of the season to the thunder with the Checkers Charlotte, club-school of the Hurricanes of Carolina. Thanks to a harvest of four goals and two assists, the striker 21-year-old was named Tuesday the player of the week in the american League. In the two meetings of the Checkers, the native of Abitibi, has tallied three points, scoring even two goals for the winners. Last Saturday, he became the third player in franchise history to score a goal advantage and disadvantage of digital in a single meeting. This is only a matter of time before he has his chance in the national League…

• In contrast, Laurent Dauphin has received a less-good news Wednesday, when it was ceded to the tie by the Phoenix Coyotes. He still hadn’t played encounter this season and if he is not claimed, he will report to the Roadrunners Tucson in the american League. Choice of the second round of the Coyotes in 2013, Dauphin had been acquired once again by the Coyotes to the Blackhawks in January in a transaction involving another quebec striker, Anthony Duclair…

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