Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Leishman makes Voltigeurs: report

It looks like another Fort Frances Lakers has left the flock—and this one has local connections.
According to a report in Sunday’s edition of L’Express newspaper in Drummondville, Que., forward Hunter Leishman has been confirmed as having earned a roster spot with the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Reporter Jonathan Habashi states in the article, “Offensively, recruits Alex Barré-Boulet (17), Philippe Pelletier-Leblanc (17), Justin Doucet (17), Matthew Boucher (17), Michael Carcone (18), Hunter Leishman (18) and Marc-Antoine Bouillon (19) have therefore received confirmation that they will start the season in Drummondville.”
It goes on to quote Voltigeurs general manager Dominic Ricard, speaking of the sizable Leishman (6-foot-5, 228 lbs.) and Doucet (6-foot-5, 220 lbs.) as saying, “Leishman and Doucet are heavy, both on their stick (and) on their legs.
“With big guys like them, we must be patient in the early season. They do not come to camp with as much agility and mobility than others, but they are filling a need in our lineup.”
After recording 10 points in 42 games two seasons ago, the Fort-born Leishman was a linchpin of the Lakers’ fourth line last year, collecting nine goals and 14 assists for 23 points in 53 regular-season games to go along with 43 penalty minutes.
Lakers general manager and head coach Wayne Strachan wasn’t aware of Leishman having officially made the roster yet when contacted on Monday, although he did say he had heard the 17-year-old was having a good training camp in Drummondville.
“The more locals we have that can play at this level, the better all around for our organization on and off the ice,” emphasized Strachan.
“However, we are in the business to help players develop and move on to their dreams and goals and our organization believes in this,” he continued.
“Hunter has a great opportunity to further his career in a big manner through the (Canadian Hockey League) and specifically the QMJHL.
“He is big, going to get stronger and if he keeps protecting the puck and using his size like he is capable, he will become a solid power forward,” predicted Strachan.
The Lakers begin their main training camp on Aug. 28 at the Ice for Kids Arena.

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