Season to forget for Teasdale

Saison à oublier pour Teasdale

He won the President’s cup and Memorial cup in his final year with the Huskies of Rouyn-Noranda. He won the championship of the markers in series in the QMJHL with 34 points (14 goals, 20 assists) in 20 games and he has etched his name on the trophy Stafford-Smythe, awarded to the most valuable player at the Memorial cup.

Since the conquests, and the individual honours of the season 2018-2019, there are no longer a single statistic for Joël Teasdale. There are zeros everywhere. Zero goal, zero passes, zero game.

In theory, Teasdale would have worn the colors of the Rocket in Laval this season. A severe injury to his right knee destroyed the plan. Before the interruption of the schedule in the american League because of the pandemic of the COVID-19, he had started to skate with the injured players of the Rocket.

“It was difficult for morale to hurt me for a long period of time, said Teasdale in a generous interview with the Journal de Montréal. I find it still difficult. You don’t want to live it. I started from a dream season with a first professional contract at the end of the camp of the CH, good work with the Armada, a transaction for the Huskies and two championships. It was just incredible to be part of this adventure. “

“In the summer, my injury has given me a big shot, he continued. It has put an end to my dream season. I’m dropped on earth. I was in the clouds for several months. But I’ve learned to live with the reality of a significant injury. My morale remains good, I continue to work hard. I worked on some weaknesses, even if I have virtually no patina. “

A reconstruction of the knee

This development camp, the Canadian, at the end of the month of June 2019, the winger of 6 ‘ and 183 lbs had not participated in the camp of the team a few months later. He was injured mid-August during a friendly encounter on the ice of the Armada of Blainville-Boisbriand.

“We practiced techniques of skating and skills over the summer, he recalled. But on this day, we were playing a game for fun. I was a defender and my foot was stuck in the ice. I twisted the knee. I can say that everything has dropped.

I’m torn completely on the ACL [anterior cruciate ligament] and MCL [medial collateral ligament] was also very damaged, such as the menisci. After the operation, the doctors I had talked about a rehabilitation period of seven months. “

In mid-march, the convalescence period of seven months was on the point of closing.

“Even if it had not been for the stop of the season with the COVID-19, I would not have played, has said the player is a native of Repentigny. We had talked about in the beginning of the season. My return would have coincided with the start of the series in the AHL. We said that this was not a good idea for my first game in the professionals. The game is really more intense at this time of the year. We found that it was wiser to concentrate for the camp next. ”

The camp objective

Never drafted, Teasdale has signed a three-year contract on September 21, 2018 with the CH. Despite the frustration of the injury, the Quebec still has good hopes to win his place within the organization.

“I would say I like better to have this injury at a young age. The first year of a pro contract is still important, but I still have two more years to show what I have in the belly at the Canadian. I’m not looking for another contract, I still have time ahead of me. I remain confident in my ways. I’ll play as I’ve always played and there will be no change to my style. I want to come back for the next camp. This summer, I should reach my 100 % to the level of the formatting. “

Teasdale has not donned the uniform of the Rocket this year, but he has learned to know his future teammates by staying in the entourage of the team.

It has also benefited from the encouragement of his former coach with the Armada, Joel Bouchard.

“Each time Joel I met, he told me not to let go, has replicated the winger, 21 years of age. He knows that it is difficult when you’re several months on the sidelines. He has experience with serious injury. It was a good help, he encouraged me. I’ve well-known with the Armada. I know it can be hard with his players, but he also knows when to give you a pat on the back to support you. ”

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