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The NHL Draft. The day dreamed of by leading aspirants from early childhood. This day is meant to be the gateway to an even greater goal: to play in the largest hockey league in the world. There is enough to make you dizzy.

“The closer the day gets, the more trouble I have sleeping. A few days ago I fell asleep at 3 in the morning. I was just thinking about that. “


Maveric Lamoureux, who plays on the blue line with the Drummondville Voltigeurs, also gave his all during the Buffalo Combine.

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Maveric Lamoureux, who plays on the blue line with the Drummondville Voltigeurs, gave everything he had even during the Buffalo Combine.

Listed 20th by NHL Central Scouting among North American skaters, Maveric Lamoureux may be one of four QMJHL Quebecers to hear his name in tomorrow’s first round.

“It’s a stress of nothing. I have no idea where I will exit, where I will land. It was my childhood dream. Now I know it will happen. So it’s a mix of stress, excitement and happiness, ”explained Drummondville defender Voltigeurs.


Gatineau Olympiques defender Tristan Luneau took part in physical tests for the NHL draft contenders in early June in Buffalo.

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Gatineau Olympiques defender Tristan Luneau took part in physical tests for the NHL draft contenders in early June in Buffalo.

For Tristan Luneau, 24th on this same list, uncertainty about the next destination is a new sensation.

In 2020 it was the first choice of the QMJHL auction. Although the event was virtually presented, the defender was invited to the Gatineau Olympiques offices, to be present at the official announcement of his selection.

A thriller

This time around, the story will be different for the young man from Victoriaville.

“Going out first gives a sense of mission accomplished. When you are a competitor, you want to be the best, she said. Now not knowing where I’m going is a little bit thrill. Living this suspense to the end is another kind of experience. But it will also be fun. “


Guard Noah Warren scored 24 points with the Olympiques during the most recent season.

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Guard Noah Warren scored 24 points with the Olympiques during the most recent season.

His Gatineau teammate, Montreal full-back Noah Warren, is ranked 33rd among the North Americans.

Remove negative thoughts

The great thing for all these young people, the vast majority of whom were born in 2004, is that the work is done. As a student at the end of the session, all he has to do is wait for the final grade.

Except for the hockey players, the season, the playoffs, the games with the best prospects, the evaluation weekend in Buffalo was great. buffer stock manage.


Quebec Remparts center Nathan Gaucher (right) looks forward to beating Shawinigan Cataractes' Isaac Ménard in a playoff match on May 29.

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Quebec Remparts center Nathan Gaucher (right) looks forward to beating Shawinigan Cataractes’ Isaac Ménard in a playoff match on May 29.

“A draft year is not a year like any other. There are a lot of things happening off the ice, “admitted Nathan Gaucher, whose name appears in 16th place.

“When you go through times when things are less well, it’s your draft year, you have more negative thoughts. You put pressure on yourself, Quebec Remparts center continued. You have to clear those thoughts, remember that you play hockey because that’s the fun. “

Awarded the Mike-Bossy trophy, awarded to the best prospect of the QMJHL, Gaucher has not recorded too many lows in the past season.

Sports psychologist to the rescue

Vincent Lecavalier spoke about it during the press conference he held with Kent Hughes, of the Canadiens, earlier this week. Being labeled as the first choice in a draft comes with his share of distractions.

Obviously, at 17, a young person is not equipped to deal with this kind of situation. To handle it properly, you need to get help.

Of course, none of the four Quebec players we’ve met in the past few days will hear his name called from the start. This hasn’t stopped them from facing some challenges and seeking meaningful support.

“I had the chance to work with a sports psychologist to find other things and just chat. The mind is somewhat excluded. You work the muscles, but you also have to train the brain, “said Nathan Gaucher.

Adaptation

For his part, Maveric Lamoureux claims that he needed a period of adaptation to be able to assimilate and digest all the attention he was receiving.

“It took me about a month and a half to realize that I had to focus only on myself and what I had to do. From the moment I stopped worrying about the rankings and what was said in the stands or on social media, everything was fine. “

To achieve this, a team effort was required including the agent, the coach, the general manager and a sports psychologist.

“It takes a solid entourage. Now I can say that mental preparation is a very important aspect in sport, “said Lamoureux.

This is even more true in a world where you have to deliver goods every day and where you no longer dominate the scene as much.

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