Joël Bouchard says teaching Laval Rocket is a optimistic stress


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Nonetheless, for the primary time in three a long time, since his enjoying days in junior hockey, September has arrived with out Bouchard getting ready, or taking part in, coaching camp. Maybe that has created a void, however Bouchard all the time has been in a position to adapt and modify to numerous conditions. This one’s no totally different.

“There’s not a lot that fazes me. It’s simply the truth. I take care of details and actuality,” he mentioned. “That is what now we have to take care of. Let’s make the most effective of it. I’ve by no means actually been down. This (pandemic) is one thing unbelievable that’s taking place worldwide. I’ll be prepared when issues begin once more.”

Laval Rocket head coach Joël Bouchard meets the media at the 47th edition of the Laval resident's blood drive in Laval on Friday Sept. 11, 2020.
Laval Rocket head coach Joël Bouchard meets the media on the 47th version of the Laval resident’s blood drive in Laval on Friday Sept. 11, 2020. Picture by John Mahoney /Montreal Gazette

However that’s the factor no one can assure with any certainty. Whereas there was hypothesis NHL groups will start coaching camp in November with the hopes of beginning a brand new season Dec. 1, that is removed from etched in stone. Whereas the Canadiens, attributable to well being restrictions, would possibly be capable of proceed in an all-Canadian division, Laval is certainly one of solely 4 AHL groups on this nation, together with Belleville, Toronto and Manitoba.