Christophe Rondeau had not taken part in a single Phoenix training session when he learned that the organization was keeping him a place in the roster.
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Jérôme Gaudreau La Tribune SHERBROOKE – Each selection camp has its share of surprises. The Sherbrooke Phœnix is no exception this year. In addition to having retained the services of Jean-Raphaël Roy, a rookie drafted in the 13th round in 2020, Stéphane Julien chose to make room for Christophe Rondeau without even having seen him participate in a single training session of the 2020 camp since the The 17-year-old defenseman suffered a concussion with his collegiate team just before the Phoenix came back.
The line-up seemed to be complete on defense. The absence of Gregory Kreutzer and Pavel Grishin, however, allowed Christophe Rondeau to secure a place of choice in the defensive brigade during the last preparatory match on Saturday.
“When I came to visit the Palais des sports with my father and the team leaders a few days before camp, I was told that the team wanted to keep me and that they trusted me. After the draft, I also had encouraging discussions with Jocelyn Thibault. But since I was missing most of the camp and had just suffered a concussion, I was afraid the Phoenix wouldn't guard me. I was in shock when I heard the news. “
Christophe Rondeau has never played in the midget AAA circuit. Entrenched in pre-camp on his first participation at 15, the defender then decided not to try his luck the following year, preferring to stay with the juvenile team of the Chêne-Bleu high school in Quebec.
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