In what will be Kevin Cloutier’s second season at the helm of the Tigres squad, will he have a team fitting more into his mold?
Cloutier has already made his mark on the blue line. Since being named coach on July 18 of 2016, he’s acquired Beaudin, Boivin, Gravel and Smith.
“When I arrived here last year, many things were already in place. But we needed to remodel our defensive corps. Our defencemen were fairly old compared to our forwards, but now I feel like they are all within the same age group. I’m pretty satisfied with what I see at the moment.” -Kevin Cloutier
How will Pascal Laberge’s 2017-2018 season turn out?
Laberge suffered an important concussion last October in a game against the Moncton Wildcats. Upon his return, he looked a little out of sync on the ice.
“He arrived at camp with a superb attitude. He’s taken 15 pounds of muscle. He played a game for us in Bécancour, on a line with Comtois and Sévigny. They were really good, so it looks good for us. He’s fully aware this is an important season for his future.” -Kevin Cloutier
Will the Tigres continue to roar offensively?
The Tigres scored 230 goals last year, good for the 8th rank in the league. Kevin Cloutier maintains that it will once again be his team’s bread and butter. « If we look at our team, our offence will be our force. We have a good transition game that starts from the backend”, he described. “We will be relying heavily on our offence this year, without neglecting our defence. To have defencemen with a good first pass and that are capable of supporting the forwards is something we’ll surely exploit.”