The Rocket allowed us to experience some pretty strong emotions during its run to the American Hockey League playoffs. Eventually, Jean-François Houle’s men were beaten in the Eastern Conference final by the Springfield Thunderbirds.
This year in Laval we got to see a lot of Quebec in action. And this is perhaps one of the reasons why the team was so much fun to watch last season.
One of the players who has been loved by fans is Brandon Gignac. The latter had a good (first) season under the Rocket colors and the intensity he brought to the ice match after match meant that he quickly became a crowd favorite.
Gignac found himself without a contract for next season, but it is now a thing of the past. The Rocket organization confirmed a new two-year deal with the Quebec player through its Twitter account this morning.
It’s a one-way contract from the American League.
Laval Rocket announced on Saturday that the team has accepted the terms of a two-season contract (2022-2023 and 2023-2024 – AHL, one component) with Quebec striker Brandon Gignac.#GoRocket pic.twitter.com/8gjZXPBxOh
– Laval Rocket (@RocketLaval) July 9, 2022
Brandon Gignac may not be the most attacking player on earth … but he has been very effective for JF Houle over the past year.
The main stakeholder is capable of playing his game offensively (he has amassed ten goals and 28 points at Laval this season), but is particularly recognized for his defensive play and the energy he can bring to the ice.
Remember, however, the spectacular goal he scored against the Toronto Marlies at the end of the season to help the Rockets solidify their AHL position for the playoffs.
A very, very fast skater who knows when to attack and can be compared to Paul Byron. That’s how I saw Gignac this season in Laval.
This is therefore good news for Quebecer, for the team and for Jean-François Houle, who can count on the return of a veteran who distinguished himself last season after passing the ECHL in 2020-2021.
– Nice time for the newcomer.
– Montreal Canadiens (@CanadiensMTL) July 9, 2022
– DeBrincat excited to join the Sensi.
Alex DeBrincat admits he was shocked when he was first traded.
But that emotion quickly turned to excitement, as she is now embracing the idea of joining a new Sens team.
“I’m excited to play in front of Ottawa fans and see what they have.” https://t.co/8eVDEALe3b
– Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) July 9, 2022
– What is the Leafs plan?
“(When) we look back in five, 10 years, we mean that we have unequivocally picked up the best player available, regardless of whether they’ve done NHL at 23, 24, 27”.
– Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) July 9, 2022
– There were discussions between Ron Hextall and Kent Hughes during the last draft.
NHL scouts loved Penguins 1st Round Pick; Extended conversation with Canadians https://t.co/ljGGey8mWU
– Dave Molinari (@MolinariPGH) July 9, 2022
– Keep on!