“My passion for hockey comes from the Quebec Nordiques. When I was a little idiot, I was Daniel Bouchard on the street. But later on, I was fascinated by Maurice Filion as a hockey man. “
The man who speaks grew up in Lévis, in southern Quebec. He had the Nordic logo tattooed on his heart. He now he has the Colorado Avalanche.
At the age of 49, soon 50, Jérôme Mésonéro raised the Stanley Cup for the first time. He succeeded in a job in the shadows, that of amateur recruiter for Avalanche.
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Former general manager of the Tigres de Victoriaville from 2005-2006 to 2013-2014, Mésonéro made the leap with Colorado in 2014-2015. For him it was a logical choice.
“My attachment to this team, as well as being my job and my livelihood, is immense,” he recalled less than 48 hours after his team’s six-game win against the Tampa Lightning in the final. I couldn’t have had a better time to start my NHL career by finding myself with the Avalanche, the ex-Nordic players. ”
Memories of Quebec
“I was not in Tampa for Game 6, I stayed in Denver after the defeat in Game 5. But on Monday we had a party in Denver when the players returned. We took turns to take the cup. Before lifting it, I relived several memories . “
“I was a huge Nordic fan when I was young. There are former northerners who work as scouts with the Avalanche. Curtis Leschyshyn is a professional scout, Alexei Gusarov is an amateur scout and Joe Sakic is our GM.
“I already told the guys that I remember their first game with the Nordiques at the Coliseum in Quebec and their last playoff game with the Nordiques against Rangers. [de New York]. I was in construction for the last game of the Nordic NHL at the Coliseum. Today I work with them. And today I won the cup with them. “
The pinnacle of emotions
Mésonéro was still over the moon during her phone conversation with The newspaper.
“I told my mother on Monday. I don’t know what the height of the emotions is, but I guess it’s close to what I’m experiencing now. I was so happy when we won Game 6 in Tampa. At our party in Colorado, I got a chance to raise the cup. If that’s not the height of emotion, I don’t know what it is. “
150 nights at the hotel
In his job as a recruiter, Mésonéro rests his head on a pillow in a hotel room whenever he’s at his home. He spends his he autumns, winters and spring traveling from arena to arena to peer into the best prospects of the QMJHL, but also elsewhere on the planet.
“I was talking to the other recruiters, we were eight of our staff at the party, he said. We were just talking about the sacrifices we have to make. It is as if everything was suddenly canceled. I don’t know if “sacrifice” is the right word, but there are pitfalls in this job. Yes, it is an exciting job, but also a demanding one. You spend many nights in hotels in a year, many nights in arenas and a lot of time in airports or driving on the road. Today I no longer think about the fatigue of the journey. ”
When asked if he has any idea how many nights he spent in a hotel, he stops to look at an app on his mobile.
“I have 126 hotel nights this year, only with the Marriott chain,” he replied. You can add 30 more with other chains. I’d say 150 nights is a good number. ”
Artturi Lehkonen, the last piece
If in his youth he looked in wonder at Maurice Filion as general manager of the Nordiques, Jérôme Mésonéro now has a great deal of admiration for his boss with Avalanche, Joe Sakic.
“Joe is a complete man,” he replied. He built this team piece by piece with a well-established plan. He has navigated the constraints of the salary cap. He did it with finesse. “
“The exchange with Artturi Lehkonen is a good move at the right time, he continued. We needed him to complete our puzzle. And we had the pieces to lure him to Colorado. Lehkonen is our major acquisition. He scored the winning goal in Game 6 against Tampa, he also scored the winning goal in overtime in Game 4 of the Western Finals against Edmonton. “
To get Lehkonen, Denver sacrificed a previous 2020 first-round pick in defender Justin Barron and a 2024 second-round pick.
“When I say that Joe is meticulous, he is a good example with the Lehkonen exchange, Mésonéro pointed out. Artturi- had a phenomenal impact. ”
- Traditionally, the Stanley Cup will touch Quebec this summer in the company of Samuel Girard and Nicolas Aubé-Kubel, but the dates are not yet known. Jérôme Mésonéro, Jean Martineau (vice president of communications) and Daniel Laperrière (professional recruiter) also have links with the Belle Province.