After getting his hands on the President and Memorial Cups with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan last May, Mario Pouliot is making a comeback behind the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies’ bench for the 2018-19 season. We asked him a few questions about his new team.
When seeing names like Samuel Harvey, Peter Abbandonato and Rafaël Harvey-Pinard on the roster, it’s safe to say a solid core of veterans is back this season. Who are the other players who can become leaders in the upcoming year?
“It’s a little early today to predict where we will end up. I look at those three guys and they are in professional [training] camps. If they are back, we will obviously focus on winning the last game we’ll play. But there’s a long road ahead of us”, admits Pouliot.
“We know that those three guys will take players like Félix Bibeau and Alexis Arsenault under their wings. We have a lot of good young players who have experience and who have us looking forward to great things. We’re just anxious to see, once the professional camps are over, where we’ll stand and from there we’ll get our season going and see where the process takes us.”
With young players like Patrik Hrehorcak, Alex Beaucage and Tommy Beaudoin having a first year of experience under their belts, how are you better equipped to have success in 2018-19?
“Each player will have an additional year of experience. For me, having players like Harvey-Pinard, Abbandonato and Harvey, those are guys that will really lead the way by example”, mentioned Pouliot. “We have depth at every position and to have guys like them as role models allows us to expect great things.”
With a Memorial Cup in hand, what recipe will Mario Pouliot be bringing to enjoy the same level of success with the Huskies?
“There are things we used to win in Bathurst that will be a part of the equation this year with the Huskies. Definitely the way we want to play defensively as a team”, he says. “Offensively, the way we are going to create time of possession is by playing fast, with lots of speed, to allow us to have success.”