Benoit-Olivier Groulx is a nice surprise for the Anaheim Ducks this season.
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If he is currently in the process of making his place in the Bettman circuit, the striker admitted, in an interview with Jean-Charles Lajoie on Wednesday, that he did not expect to have made the team at the conclusion of training camp.
“It was really exceptional. I learned about it the day before the opening game. I was really happy, I did not expect it. I had a good camp, but there is so much business with the contracts and the number of players that it was hard for me to imagine that I was going to get a position this year. But I was really happy when they broke the news to me. My parents came and we celebrated it together. ”
With regard to his parents, Groulx recounted the emotional moment he had the chance to experience with his father, Benoît, during his first game in the NHL. The Syracuse Crunch coach was ecstatic to see his son make his dream come true.
“My dad was really pissed off, especially after the game. He was sick, but he was jumping for joy everywhere! He would pick me up and give me hugs. People who know my dad know he’s not the most emotional man in the world. But you could tell in his eyes that he was really happy to be there. ”
Collectively, the Ducks are in reconstruction, but the Quebecer believes that the team is going in the right direction.
“Apart from the game in Winnipeg, all the games were very close. Often, we took the lead but we were caught up at the end. I think we will grow from this. We have a really young team. Veterans like Ryan Getzlaf, Cam Fowler, Josh Manson and Jakob Silfverberg have been on very successful teams before. I think they can pass that on to us. “
Groulx also admits he expects an emotional game when the Ducks face the Canadiens on Sunday.
“This is the team I watched growing up. It will be a special moment for sure, even if it is not in Montreal. I just can’t wait to see the Canadiens logo in front of me. It’s really exceptional and it will be a great feeling. ”
See the interview in the video above.