#Our18 : The crossing of a rough sea
From the naming of a new general manager, to the departure of their best player, to a trade request coming from their goaltender…the past few weeks have been quite agitated for Gatineau. On the bright side, everything appears to have fallen in order and the Olympiques bench boss says he is now satisfied with his current personnel.
« Surely, we had some pretty big cases to sort through, but I’m happy to say it didn’t affect our players concentration during camp. The boys were all so motivated on making the team. We have some big and skilled players on this squad”, says coach Éric Landry.
Despite the team not following up on his previous trade request, goaltender Mathieu Bellemare has accepted his faith and returned to his Gatineau teammates without hesitation. The 19-year-old was hoping to get traded somewhere closer to home, where his father is currently fighting cancer. Instead, the team will occasionally free him so he can be by his father’s side during his treatments.
Thanks to his three points in five pre-season games, Metis Roelens has proven to be one of the few surprises at camp and allows the Outaouais-based team and its fans to see a bright spot in what was shaping up to be a darker season.
A few departures: Daniel Del Pagio, Gregory Di Tomaso, Zack MacEwen, Vincent Milot Ouellet, Yakov Trenin.
A few new additions: Anthony Beauchamps, Mathieu Charlebois, Carson Galland, Samuel Hatto, Darien Kielb, Pierre-Olivier Lacombe, Alec Malo, Metis Roelens, Charles-Antoine Roy, Mikhail Shestopalov.
The Olympiques in 2016-2017
Record: 33-31-4 (10th)
Eliminated in the first round by Cape Breton
Goals for: 234 (7th)
Goals against: 253 (12th)
Power Play: 23% (7th)
Penalty Kill: 74.9% (15th)
Top Scorers: Vitaly Abramov (104 points), Zack MacEwen (74 points), Yakov Trenin (67 points)