Trois-Rivières – At the time when he was 17 years old and he was one of the tenors of his position in the QMJHL, goalkeeper Mathieu Bellemare was far from suspecting that his junior finish in the AAA Junior Hockey League. This demotion, he had badly cashed at the end of the last training camp Cataractes. Yet today, if you ask him the question, he would not change the outcome.
The 21-year-old Shawiniganais won the NAPA Cup on Tuesday after a final against the Cobras de Terrebonne. At his side, there were nine former players in the structure of Midget AAA booms!
“It is special! Although I have not played with these guys in the midget, being older than them, it’s a great source of pride for us, “agrees Bellemare, who has earned the praise of his coach.
“He is the best goalie in the league,” said Guillaume St-Denis, in an interview at La Nouvelle Union, shortly after the ultimate triumph. This resentment seemed to be shared by his teammates at the Titan who, by winning the Quebec final, confirmed their participation in the National Junior AAA Championship, the Fred-Page Cup.
Mathieu Bellemare left Shawinigan in bitterness about seven months ago. There was no 20-year-old player record available for him in the Cataractes organization. No other team was interested in its services, at least not in the QMJHL. For a cerber long labeled as one of the best in his age group, voted defensive player par excellence in 2016, the pill did not pass.