Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Mascouche hockey player Jonathan Aspirot had an unforgettable experience this summer by participating in the Ottawa Senators Development Camp. The Ulysse Academy alumna will experience an even more rewarding experience in September, taking part in the National Hockey League (NHL) recruits camp.
For the 19-year-old Moncton Wildcats defenseman in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), the invitation to the Senators development camp was a dream come true. “I was fortunate to have an experience surrounded by professionals in incredible facilities, be it the gym or the treatment rooms. It’s really the cream of the crop, “he says.
On the ice, he thinks he has managed to stand out by staying himself. “I had to play like Jonathan Aspirot and not try to be someone else by changing my style of play,” says Aspirot.
He did well: his performances earned him an invitation to a Senators rookie tournament at Place Bell in Laval, September 7-9.
He will have two games to show off against the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs.
Aware that the level of competition will be raised, the young man has only one goal: to make his place. “I’m stressed, but it’s a good stress. We have little time, so I’m going to leave everything on the ice, “said the defender.
Odyssée HS, the good school
Jonathan Aspirot, who put on skates for the first time at the age of 3 or 4, has always been a hockey maniac. In high school, the Ulysse Academy has had only beneficial effects on its path, both academically and sports. “I’m not the one with the best grades in school, but with the Academy, my grades have gone up in all subjects, in addition to the high-caliber hockey program,” he recalls.
Drafted in the fourth round by the Moncton Wildcats at age 16, he finished high school at Ulysses before joining the Wildcats, where he has been playing since. He will give 100% to lead his team as far as possible, she who lost to the Armada of Blainville-Boisbriand in the second round of the playoffs in the spring.