Karl Vaillancourt or the art of playing in the region
Karl Vaillancourt got one of the last available positions in the Sherbrooke attack.
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Jérôme Gaudreau La Tribune Karl Vaillancourt could well have left his native region and the family nest for the first time by being drafted in the 5th round by the Cape Breton Eagles during the 2018 QMJHL auction. Finally, it is with the Sherbrooke Phoenix that the Bromptonville forward will continue his path in the hockey world.
After the Harfangs du Sherbrooke, the Cantonniers de Magog and the Cougars from Champlain College, Karl Vaillancourt will be able to add the name of the Phoenix to the list of prestigious teams in the region for which he has played.
Twice cut off by the Eagles, the new Phoenix recruit asked for a transaction and the Sherbrooke organization jumped at the opportunity to acquire its services last season.
“My family and I were very happy to see that I will stay in the region and that I was going to be part of the Sherbrooke Phoenix team,” admits the 18-year-old winger. Instead of playing a 14 hour drive from here, I can now play in Sherbrooke. Everyone speaks English in Cape Breton. I didn't feel at home. I took part in two Eagles camps and the first time, I really liked the coach Marc-André Dumont and him too I believe. But in my second camp, he was no longer there and I could see that the mentality of the team had changed and that I had no place there. “
The right winger played nine games with the Phoenix last season and amassed 40 points in 32 games with the Cougars. “I trained throughout the summer with the Grégoire gang. I knew what to expect from the Major Junior and worked on my speed. I wanted to take my chance. Even though it might not be my last since I'm only 18, I wanted to make the jump to the QMJHL this year. “
This is how Karl Vaillancourt found his old friend Patrick Guay, who made rain and shine with the Harfangs and the Cantonniers.
“I know Patrick very well. I was happy to find him. We were sitting next to it during the camp. He encouraged me to do what I could do best. It would be nice to win the cup with him. We always play to achieve this goal. I like the mentality of the team. Everyone wants to win. I've always played for winning teams. I was lucky. As with the Cantonniers, we won the cup twice in Quebec. So I know that mentality, but here it's really everyone who wants to win, even the staff. “
Karl Vaillancourt also believes that the Phoenix will once again be difficult to beat.
“We have a great system of play and our defense is efficient. It's difficult to play against the Phoenix and I quickly realized that last year. “