Name: Nick Marois
Birthdate / Junior age: 1996-04-20 / 16
Birthplace: Boisbriand, Que
Hometown: Boisbriand, Que.
Drafted by the Chicoutimi Saguenéens at the 2012 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft in round three, 49th overall.
Traded to the Screaming Eagles on January 7th 2013 from the Chicoutimi Saguenéens for a third round pick at the 2014 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft.
Current stats as of Sunday, February 3rd 2013 – 2012-13 – Regular Season – Chicoutimi/Cape Breton – GP: 43 – G: 1 – A: 0 – PTS: 1 – +/-: -11 – PIM: 4
Q & A With Nick Marois
Q1: Where did you play your Minor Hockey?
A1: I played my Bantam years in Trois Rivière, which were succesful seasons. I also won the Tampa Bay Tournament with that team in my second year Bantam. I played in Saskatchewan with the Notre Dame Hounds, which was an amazing experience, we had a perfect season with no losses.
Q2: Where did you play your Midget Hockey?
A2: I played my Midget year in Rockland, Ontario. Our team name was the CIHA Voyageurs. We won the Hamilton Tournament, however during the regular season, we did not do so well. There are three former teammates which got drafted in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, but they are currently not playing in the league this year.
Q3: You were drafted by the Chicoutimi Saguenéens at the 2012 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft in round three, 49th overall. Tell us about your draft year and your short time in Chicoutimi.
A3: My draft year was really important for me, I worked very hard all year to get drafted and worked even harder during the summer to make the team. Chicoutimi was great, I got to develop myself a lot and the guys were also really good to me. The time I spent in Chicoutimi was positive.
Q4: You were traded to the Screaming Eagles on January 7th. What were your thoughts on coming to Cape Breton? Were you glad to become a member of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles?
A4: My thoughts on coming to Cape Breton were very positive because I new I would get a fresh start and a new coach, which is also second chance to prove what you can do and start strong. I was very glad to be apart of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles organization. I was very excited for the fresh start.
Q5: Before being traded to Cape Breton, did you know anything about the organization?
A5: Before getting traded to Cape Breton, I did not know much about the organization, however I knew a couple guys on the team, but never really spoke to them about Cape Breton. The only thing I heard from them was that it was a great organization.
Q6: In 42 games between Chicoutimi and Cape Breton you have recorded one goal. What are some goals you have for the remainder of the season?
A6: The goals I have for the remainder of the season would be to finish this second half of the season strong and to help the team as much as I can. The opportunities for points are going to come with that. I am focusing on my role and what I need to do to help this team win. I also want to make the playoffs, but I think that is more of a team goal, which we do have and which we will put into action with the games remaining.
Q7: You were born in Boisbriand, Que. Tell us about your hometown.
A7: I mostly grew up in Blainville, Que., and played most of my hockey there, but we moved to Boisbriand a couple of years ago and I love it. I am only there in the summer since i am gone all season with my team, but it’s fun. The population of Boisbriand I think is about 26 or 27 thousand. I spend most of my summer at the gym to get ready for next season, but when I have time off I spend it with friends and family of course. The closest Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team is Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, which play down the road from where I live.
Q8: Tell us some interesting facts about your family.
A8: My father, Daniel Marois was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1987. He played in the National Hockey League for eight years and played the remainder of his hockey in Europe due to a back injury. His hockey career was from 1988-2005. He has had very successful years in his career. My cousin Mathieu Perreault is currently playing with the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League.
Q9: Who is the one person you would like to thank for getting you where you are today with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles? Why?
A9: The one person I would like to thank is no doubt my father, Daniel Marois. He has inspired me throughout my whole career and will keep doing suppoting me until it is over. He is the reason I am this far today, he knows the game very well and I think that is an advantage on others. He picks up on every little detail and mistake I make, which is great. He does everything to help me get better and to reach my number one dream and goal in life. He has been pushing me since I started playing hockey and of course still is. He is my role model and the one I look up to him.
Q10: What is one thing you like about Cape Breton? Why?
A10: The one thing I like about Cape Breton is that everything is close and walking distance, mostly everywhere we go, we can walk there.