The Quebec Remparts stabilized their defensive brigade on Tuesday night by obtaining the services of Alex Falardeau who had expressed the wish to pursue his career elsewhere than in Baie-Comeau.
The 18-year-old Lévisien will be on his third training in the QMJHL, he who was a fourth round pick for the Cape Breton Eagles in 2018. In return, Remparts director of hockey operations, Patrick Roy, has ceded a sixth-round pick in 2023 that originally belonged to the Drakkar.
“For me, this is great news as I find myself in the team that I dream of going since I play hockey, expressed the young man, joined by The newspaper. When you are young and playing in the Pee-Wee Tournament, you dream of playing in this arena and being part of this team. It’s a special day because it’s finally happening. ”
The tall 6ft, 170lb defenseman was aware of some dealings involving him, but was surprised to receive a call from Roy during the day Tuesday.
“Of being traded at the Remparts, I had not heard of it, recognized the man who describes himself as a reliable rear capable of generating offensive and energy as well. I had spoken to my agent about it and being traded was a possibility that I strongly envisioned. “
Air change required
Former of the Chevaliers de Lévis with whom he had the record season of 41 wins in 42 games in 2018-2019, Falardeau developed within the structure of Quebec school hockey until he made the leap to midget AAA.
Last year, the Eagles traded him after 30 games at the Drakkar in December 2019. The hockey player believes that he and the Côte-Nord organization were no longer on the same page and he wanted to change the environment.
“I had other options if I wasn’t traded in the QMJHL, but I really wanted to continue in the QMJHL,” said Falardeau. With my interests and those of the organization, it no longer matched and I was not able so well there. “
The full-back will find a familiar face with the Remparts in Édouard Cournoyer, another member of the defensive group, as the two players faced off in the Preparatory School Hockey League (LHPS). Before reuniting with Cournoyer and all of his new teammates, Falardeau will have to undergo a test for COVID-19. The Remparts will resume action on January 22, in Rimouski. Clubs have until January 25 to compromise.