In the meantime of knowing what the future had in store for him in the organization of the Montreal canadiens, Rafael Harvey-Pinard has been awarded, on Wednesday, the trophy, Marcel-Robert, who paid tribute to the player-student of the year in the national hockey League the Quebec major junior.
The attacker, 21-year-old, who was selected in the seventh round by the Habs at the most recent draft of the national hockey League, is not fooled: he knows that professional sport is not the only possible avenue for him in the next few years.
“We’re waiting to see how it will happen, said the one who was the captain of the Saguenéens of Chicoutimi this season, concerning the negotiations between his agent and the organization of the CH. My goal is to start my professional career in hockey, the next year, while taking a distance course at the university in physiotherapy.”
As Alexandre Alain
The audacious mission, however, is not impossible. Harvey-Pinard cites as an example the current player of the Rocket of Laval, Alexandre Alain. This last one has actually followed through different distance-learning courses with the University of Laval during the last season of the american League. If there comes a day in medicine or physiotherapy, it will already be a bit advanced.
Specifically, Harvey-Pinard, who has maintained an average of 92 % in the natural Sciences, still has one course to complete this summer, with the Cégep Lionel-Groulx in order to get his college degree. It will then be able to ogle her options for university.
Under the orders of Bouchard
Keeping the hockey at the top of its priorities, Harvey-Pinard is training hard to be able to carve out a niche with the Rocket, under the orders of head coach Joel Bouchard.
“At the junior level, I played against him when he led the Armada of Blainville-Boisbriand, but I have known a little more at the camp of recruits to the Canadian, noted Harvey-Pinard, about Bouchard. It is a coach that is intense, that is attentive to details. This is a super good coach.”
A maximum of 50 players?
Only point of concern for Harvey-Pinard: the Canadian has the right to a maximum of 50 players with a contract. Difficult to know if there will be a place for him. We keep hope. In his case, the CH also has the option to offer him a covenant of a year, good only for the american League. This is the scenario that seems most likely.
In addition to his average of 92 % at school, Harvey-Pinard has scored 78 points, including 34 goals, in 62 games with the Saguenéens. It may be worth not a contract of the national League, but no one can ever remove the pride of having won the trophy Marcel-Robert, awarded to the player “who best reconciles the performance on the ice and success on the school bench”. On it, Harvey-Pinard is hard to beat.