In the locker room of the Bruins at the TD Garden in Boston, Jérémy Lauzon turns to the captain Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron for advice. In the life of every day, the young defender looks at the two references that he knows since always, her father Ghyslain and his mother, Manon.
Back at the family home in Val-d’or in this period of confinement, Lauzon described the work of his parents with a great deal of pride in the voice.
“My father is a pulmonologist and my mother is a gynecologist. Both work at the hospital of Val-d’or. They find themselves at the heart of the COVID-19 since the beginning. But they are lucky since there are not many cases in the Abitibi region. The situation is controlled. “
Jérémy Lauzon dedicates a huge respect for her mother, Manon, and her father Ghyslain, two doctors on the front line in this pandemic period.
According to data from 25 April, there were only 150 cases and three deaths connected to the COVID-19 in Abitibi-Témiscamingue. When one takes into consideration that there are 23 267 cases and 1446 deaths in Quebec, this region of the north-west of the province makes a good figure in this long fight against this virus.
“My parents were stressed a bit, but they were willing to help people. I’m really proud of them. They go to work every day. They are the soldiers of this war against the invisible enemy. As a pulmonologist, my father has an important role. “
Student in the natural sciences at the cégep, Lauzon would not have hated to follow in the footsteps of his parents, but in a different field. Hockey, however, deviate from the plans. At age 20, he was far from a bench school, in the american League with the boston Bruins of Providence.
“I didn’t see myself as a doctor, he answers. But I probably would have studied to become a physiotherapist. It remains close to the medicine. There would be the study of the human body, but with a possible approach in the sport. “
In the plans of the Bruins
With soon to be 23 years old on the 27th of April, Lauzon is getting closer and closer to a position of regular among the brigade of defenders of the Bruins. At the time of the interruption of the season in the NHL on march 12, he had his place with the Bruins, having played the last twelve games.
February 14, Don Sweeney made him sign a contract extension of two years and 1.7 million (850 000 $ per year). It is an agreement to a single pane.
“I won’t lie, I was really happy of this contract, a-t-he countered. It is like a dream come true. I interpret it as a nice mark of trust on the part of the Bruins. I worked for that contract, but it gives me as a sign that I am a part of the plans for the future of the team. I will have to now prove that I have my own place in Boston. “
The choice of the 2nd round in the draft of 2015 has played 19 games for Boston this year, scoring two points (1 goal, 1 assist) in addition to maintaining a record of +5 and a game time average of 15 min 29 s. It has also distributed 32 failed and blocked 23 shots.
“I like the system of game of the Bruins. I also love the history of this team. They have always advocated for a rugged style. It fits really well with my DNA. I am very happy to be part of this organization. “
With the Bruins, Lauzon also has the opportunity to learn his trade by looking at the giant 43-year-old, Zdeno Chara.
“The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Chara, it is that he pays attention to all his teammates, regardless of your status in the team. At my first camp with the Bruins, I remember that he had taken the time to come greet me and introduce themselves. I thought it was funny since I knew him for a long time ! He didn’t need to tell me his name. “
“He is always there to give me tips, he added. I see that he is committed to my development, he wants that I am improving. He is the best captain possible. When he speaks to young people, he is made to listen to. This is a legend of hockey. “
The former defender of the Huskies of Rouyn-Noranda has also a high regard for the number 37 of the boston Bruins, Patrice Bergeron.
“Patrice is very generous with me. We are the only two Quebecers in the locker room. As soon as I have a question, I can turn to Patrice. It can be about hockey, as the life of all the days in Boston. It is in the quenching of a Chara, he’s really at the heart of his teammates. Despite his many achievements in hockey, it is very down-to-earth. “