In his first season in Los Angeles, Phillip Danault exploded with a crop of 27 goals for a total of 51 points. Although he was able to contribute offensively, the Victoria center player had never scored more than 13 goals during his time with the Montreal Canadiens.
Less than a year after signing a $ 33 million six-year contract, the Kings are proud of their success. On a family level, the athlete’s father is not surprised by his performance.
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“Honestly, personally, I am not really surprised by his offensive talent because I have followed him throughout his career, explained Alain Danault on Thursday during an interview with TVASports.ca at the Victoriaville Golf Club, of which he is the general manager. .
“In the youth academy he scored a lot of goals and collected a lot of points, so I know his attacking talent very well.”
Danault said he wanted to stay with the Bleu-blanc-rouge by getting more offensive responsibilities – perhaps he felt hatching was near? -, but the contractual negotiations have been interrupted with the old regime. Quebec agent Don Meehan also confirmed in a recent interview with TVA Sports that the $ 500,000 annual sum separated the two camps.
The latter also stressed, as he does for all his clients, that the role within the team is as important as the pact on which he places his signature. As proof, to the Kings, Danault was fascinated by the promises of president Luc Robitaille and manager Rob Blake, then they were granted on the ice.
“I’m not really surprised by his production, but I’m really very, very happy for a very simple reason and that is that he is happy. He found, I would say, perhaps a slightly more normal life with Marie-Pierre, then the children.
“Otherwise, it was a really extraordinary time in Montreal and he enjoyed it, I’m sure.”
Danault recently indicated with a touch of irony on Montreal 91.9 Sports radio that he “didn’t jump for joy” when the hiring of his former CEO, Marc Bergevin, was announced by the Kings. For Alain Danault, the two men buried the past.
“Phillip talked about it a bit and it’s definitely a business. These things happen and now I think both of them have moved on. ”
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Always the blue-white-red fiber
Some faithful of Sainte-Flanelle do not forgive the old regime, the one before the advent of Gorton-Hughes, for having let Danault escape under other skies. Loved by the fans for his commitment during the matches and appreciated by the press for his frankness, the former Tigers has given unforgettable moments to those close to him.
His exodus towards California dreaming it doesn’t mean that his father has changed his loyalty.
“I’m a huge Montreal Canadiens fan myself,” he said. When you learn that your son has just been traded to this team, which is an incredible dynasty, he can’t help but please.
“I think the whole family has lived five great years with the Canadiens and then that passage will always remain etched in our memory. To always remember that a member of our family has played for this great organization.
“It was an honor”.
Apart from the transaction, what is the best memory of Alain Danault? You don’t have to look far.
“The pass he made to Artturi Lehkonen (in the semifinal) to eliminate Las Vegas. We went there last year. We were there at the Bell Center. He was hysterical for everyone, however. In addition to “Saint-HAN”, as Phillip said.
“It’s probably the best moment of Philippe’s time as far as I’m concerned in Montreal.”
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The Canadian Cup in August
While his son prepares to get his skates back on, Alain Danault will not remain inactive. Victoriaville Golf Club will host the ninth edition of the Canada Cup from 11-14 August. This tournament brings together the best professional golfers from Canada and even the United States.
“This is an extraordinary event which this year will be in its ninth edition. A scholarship of $ 125,000 is up for grabs, including $ 25,000 for the sample.
“Last year Newfoundland Blair Bursey won the event and this year they will be defending their title, so it is a truly extraordinary event that people can attend absolutely free of charge.”
Among the expected golfers of Belle Province, Yohann Benson, Keven Fortin Simard (best player of Quebec in 2021), Max Gilbert, Brandon Lacasse and some veterans such as Marc-Étienne Bussières and Dave Levesque.
– On Thursday the club organized the third Classic of Champions with goalkeeper Samuel Montembeault as honorary president. In the evening, over $ 15,000 in scholarships were distributed to 11 young athletes.