When he was in minor hockey, Yanni Kaldis never played in the highest levels. He has not managed to make its place in the Ligue midget AAA. It is at this point that he decided to head for the hockey school. A decision he has never regretted.
After a season with the school, John Rennie and the other two with the Blues at Dawson College in the Ligue collégiale, Kaldis has decided to try his luck in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), a junior circuit A.
“I was a small defender who had never played in the AA or in the midget AAA, said Yanni during an interview with The Journal de Montréal. Everything was unlocked for me when I left Montreal in 2014 to play with the Clippers in Nanaimo.
“It was then that I experienced a strong increase. I’ve raised my game several notches. I have known a late development. “
Outbreak at Cornell
The coach of the Clippers has advised Kaldis to take the helm of Cornell University, especially for the quality of the education that is offered.
“This was one of the important factors in my decision and it has reassured my parents, stressed Kaldis. On the map hockey, they needed a defender to an offensive as me. The coaches have expressed to me their trust fairly quickly. They have placed me in the good chair. “
The Montrealer has completed her internship with the NCAA on a great note with a crop of 24 points in 29 games this season.
It allowed him to get his place on several all-star teams, showcasing the best players in the United States.
“It is an honor incredible. This is huge for me, but also for my school, and all those who have helped me in hockey. It’s fun to be rewarded for their efforts.
“For my time at Cornell, it was the four best years of my life. Few people can say they have participated in tournaments throughout the playoffs four seasons in a row. “
In search of a contract
In the coming weeks, Kaldis will be in search of his first professional contract.
“I don’t know yet where I’ll play, but I’m aiming for the NHL in two or three years, he mentioned. For the moment, there is waiting and there was nothing in that press due to the pandemic.
“I am aiming for a two-year contract with two components having a certain stability at the start. I know that there is a walk between the caliber of the NCAA and of the american League. The speed and the physical strength of the players will be factors with which I’m going to have to adapt. “
Several Quebecers have received awards in the NCAA in the last days. Zach Tsekos (player-student of the year – ECAC), Connor McCarthy (second team all-star ECAC), Devin Brosseau (third all-star team ECAC) all have had a great season at Clarkson.
On the side of Norwich, in the Atlantic conference, the defender Gabriel Chicoine has earned a selection on the first all-star team while forward Félix Brassard has been selected on the third.