Eric and Luc Bélanger had a dream weekend behind the bench of their respective hockey team. The brothers from Sherbrooke raised the Dodge Cup in two different categories.
C onnu for his long NHL career, Eric Bélanger had to go through a short storm at the end of the season with his Typhons of Seminary Saint-Franсois to finally take the honors of the midget hope class.
“It’s really special to see my brother and I win a Dodge Cup at the same time,” said the man who has played for seven NHL teams, including the Los Angeles Kings. Our parents were present and were shuttling between the two arenas. On our side, I had to get a rabbit out of my hat to get the guys back on track. We only lost four games in 32 games, but we had two defeats that were difficult to explain at the end of the season. I had to remind them that they were still the best team in Quebec and that it was possible to win the provincial championship. ”
This victory constitutes the first conquest of the Séminaire Saint-François at the Dodge Cup.
“The Harfangs du Triolet competed well in the semifinals in our 2-1 win. They beat Gatineau, an excellent team. Being the first team of the Séminaire to lift the Dodge Cup, this victory of 4 to 2 against Saguenay / Lac-Saint-Jean is even more rewarding. ”
At the same time Sunday, the former doorman of St. Francis de Sherbrooke and UQTR Patriots enjoyed his greatest victory as a coach in driving the training of his son Louka.
The Nicolet bantam BBs have not tasted defeat at the Dodge Cup, with five wins, including one in overtime by the 3-2 mark against Îles-de-la-Madeleine.
“This Island team is made up of star players drafted into different teams and beat all the other clubs with an impressive scoring gap in the preliminary round. We had faced them in St. Eustache and it was tight. We had lost 3 to 2. Everyone thought that they were too strong and that it was impossible to beat them. We had a great season with only four defeats in 48 games. We believed in our chances and we could finally take our revenge against the Islands by winning the most important trophy, “said the one who also kept the goals for the Sherbrooke Falcons from 1993 to 1995.
“Our little guys are amazing,” he continues. Seriously, we always want to win for them and I have experienced moments as thrilling as those experienced when I won championships as a player. Louka and I have won a few tournaments together since I coached, but winning the Dodge Cup is even more special. ”
Driving to another level
The Bélanger brothers do not hide it. They both have an interest in driving a team of a higher level one day.
“My phone is always open, says Eric Bélanger. I am not ready to exile myself very far though. The ideal would be to stay in the Quebec City area. The midget AAA interests me, the QMJHL too. ”
“I love being a coach,” says Luc Bélanger, still a high school teacher. I have already been behind the bench of the UQTR team and I would like to get involved in the integrated structure of our region, but I do not work for the good school board. I have been with my boy’s team for five years and I am very close to my daughter Romane also hockey side. But if the opportunity arises, I will probably consider it. ”
NHL: Series that will change the model to follow, says Eric Bélanger
The first round of the National Hockey League series proves one thing, according to Éric Bélanger: parity is indeed present in the NHL.
“The first round was excellent to follow. To see Tampa Bay, Calgary, Toronto, Pittsburgh, Nashville and maybe even Washington tonight (Wednesday) losing in the first round will probably change the pattern. It will make things happen, that’s for sure. Many teams will not hesitate to add an extra element or two to the trading deadline to give them a better chance to play in the playoffs or win the Stanley Cup. ”
The man who finished his long career with the Edmonton Oilers is one of those who had to go to bed late Tuesday night to watch the San Jose Sharks win and the elimination of the Vegas Golden Knights in overtime at match number 7.
“It was just stupid as a party. After my long weekend at the Dodge Cup, I was eager to go to bed, but I was unable to do it. The amateurs are served during this first round, “confirms the analyst and collaborator at RDS.
Éric Bélanger admits to love the training of the Islanders of New York.
“They are surprising! ”
And concerning the Montreal Canadiens, he thinks it is difficult to blame the general manager Marc Bergevin for not having added the missing element that could have allowed the CH to access the playoffs.
“The Canadiens themselves have been surprised by their progress and their results this season. He finds himself ahead of his plan. He could add an impact player this summer, but you have to know that it’s always harder to attract a free agent to Montreal, “said the former NHL.