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Our Alumni | Édouard St-Laurent is enjoying university hockey

 

Édouard St-Laurent played close to 300 games in the QMJHL with Baie-Comeau, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Val-d’Or, and Rouyn-Noranda from 2016-2021. He put up 64 goals and 133 points in that span.

Today, he is continuing his hockey career further east, in New Brunswick, after opting for the U Sports route with Moncton University’s Aigles Bleus.

The 21-year-old forward was a target for head coach Judes Vallée and his staff from the outset during last year’s recruitment process. He fit the profile for the type of player they were looking for. In the end, they convinced him to secure his post-hockey career and pursue an education at Moncton University, all while continuing to play the game he loves at a high level.

So far, the transition to his new environment has been seamless.

“He’s integrated himself very well,” said Vallée. “He’s very aware of the challenges he faces hockey-wise. He knows what he needs to do to improve and works hard on those aspects of his game.”

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Vallée and his staff were interested in St-Laurent not only because of his talent, but also because of the valuable experience he gained while playing the QMJHL. The right winger knows how to handle the pressure of playing in front of large crowds and the expectations to perform, all while having the work ethic to practice hard every day.

These are important qualities that Vallée wants his players to have and St-Laurent checks all of the boxes. It makes the adjustment to university life and the responsibilities that it brings much easier.

On the ice, Vallée is impressed with St-Laurent’s offensive flair. He has eight points in 17 games so far this season, which puts him fifth in team scoring.

“He creates a lot of things offensively,” explained Vallée. “He’s a versatile player who can play all three forward positions which gives us a lot of interesting options up front.”

There is no doubt that St-Laurent left his mark in the QMJHL and with the five clubs he suited up for during a successful major junior career. With that said, it should come as no surprise that he is making a strong first impression with his new team.

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