The paternity leave to Matt Duchene is over.
Few are the professional athletes who have been forced to miss three parties to be present at the birth of their first child, but with the Senators who were traveling on the Pacific coast last week, this is what happened for the arrival in this world of Beautiful Duchene last Wednesday.
The stork has passed a few hours before the Senators vying for their first game of the trip, by a score of 2-1 in overtime to Anaheim, which was dedicated to the small Duchene, a gesture greatly appreciated by the new dad.
“It’s a lot of emotions and joy, it is a feeling different from anything you’ve felt in your life, reported Duchene to return to work on Monday. It was pretty cool to hear the guys on TSN and Hockey Night in Canada to speak of him on television. It is a sense of pride, it is only a little baby, but it is the most important thing in the world that you have accomplished. ”
Matt Duchene and his son Beau
For the puck of the winning goal from Colin White with the name of his son written on the tape posted on the social networks, he added : “It was so cool. My wife (Ashley) and I were almost in tears. Obviously, this is a knife with two edges. The guys are on the road and you saw something that is big for you, but there is a small part of you that would have liked to do both. They got this big win in Anaheim, with the puck with his name on it… I have to try to find it. ”
Duchene could not have hoped to jump on a plane to be there the next day for the game in Los Angeles, and he indicated that it would have been difficult for him to go join the team in San Jose for his game on Saturday.
“I was so tired after that that I was worried to get sick or injure myself after such a rollercoaster of emotions without any sleep. If it had been closer, I would have certainly been there. But on a commercial flight, it would have taken me a day to make me and physically, I wouldn’t have really been in good shape… For the first time in my life, hockey was the second best, I hope it does not give the wrong impression, ” explained Duchene.
In the context where it is in negotiations for a contract extension, the organization of the Senators could hardly force him to cross the continent to play the match against the Sharks. Difficult to say if this was a factor. But Duchene appreciates the support of the leaders of the team.
“We knew that my wife would be induced on the 8th because the baby was starting to be too big (7 pounds, 13 ounces at birth) and that it would have been difficult for her if he went to term. I talked to Pierre (Dorion) and Peter (McLeod, assistant DG), they have been excellent. They told me that this is the first time in my life as I live it, and that the biggest thing to happen in your life, and so take the time you need with your wife and your family. I really appreciate it. I waited to the third day to decide on the match in San Jose, and I was so exhausted, it would have been difficult with the lag. The guys did well, it was better to stay away and prepare myself for the coming matches “, he confided, he who has skated with the injured at the end of the week.
In his return against his former club, the Avalanche, Wednesday, head coach Guy Boucher expects ” of energy, a lot of energy (on his part). He was not there (in California), it is rested. It is exciting what he has been through, it’s all positive. I think he will definitely want to bring enthusiasm to our group and the energy that probably others will not have, that is normal. It’s hard to come back after a week like that. From my side, I hope to be able to use it a lot to be able to remove it (ice time) to other guys, so that they can “perform” at their best. ”
THE SENATORS IN BRIEF
Mandolese to honor
Drafted in the 6th round by the Senators last summer, the guardian Kevin Mandolese has been named the outstanding player of the last week in the QMJHL on Monday. The keeper of the Screaming Eagles of Cape-Breton won its two matches of the weekend, 3-0 against Halifax and 4-1 against Shawinigan, pushing 57 throws on 58 (37 by the Mooseheads).
This season, the goalie montreal has a record of 17-8-1-2, an average of goals allowed 2.79, and an efficiency rate of ,897 %. His 17 wins are a new career high for the keeper of 18 years.
Butcher praise Wolanin
As he had done in The Law of Monday, Guy Boucher had good words once again for the defender Christian Wolanin, ensuring that the return is likely to Thomas Chabot Wednesday, to him will be not automatically a return to Belleville.
“It shows so much of good things. I’ll be honest, I don’t care who will be available, I can tell you he’s going to play Wednesday. He doesn’t know it yet, so don’t tell her, blagué Butcher. It was fairly well played on both sides of the ice… It remains to be seen if he can continue to do so. ”
Between the lines
Defenders Ben Harpur (shoulder) and Justin Falk (concussion) both skated also on Monday and could return soon, said Boucher, who was not on the ice for training where there were nine back on the ice…
Matt Duchene has resumed its place between Ryan Dzingel and Bobby Ryan, to which Boucher also had good words, saying that he is the best player of his to make zone entries in numerical advantage…
Colin White (shoulder) finds himself alone in the infirmary now. “We could soon have our full alignment for the first time of the year, but I don’t want to excite me because every time it is approached, there had been other injuries,” said Boucher.