Ice hockey – Asselin delays the birth of his child to join the Eagles

On loan from HC Sierre to Genève-Servette, the Quebec right winger really wants to play his first National League match.

Guillaume Asselin (left) has been dominant with Sierre since the start of the 2020-2021 season.

Justine Eyer (HC Sierre)

Second best scorer in the Swiss League championship with HC Sierre (27 matches, 43 points including 16 goals), Guillaume Asselin (28) will give his first skates in the National League on Friday. While faced with the suspensions of its Swedes Henrik Tömmernes and Linus Omark, Genève-Servette obtained the loan of the Quebec right winger for a match against the ZSC Lions.

One fact is clear: the forward, who had attended training camps for the Montreal Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators in the NHL, will not land at the Vernets in the alone but d‘and fill a jersey. «Thursday morning, when Christophe Fellay, the sporting director of the HCS, called me, I really did not expect such news», explains Graben No 38. For him, in 2021, Christmas fell on January 14.

“My wife called the doctor to postpone the delivery until next Monday”

Guillaume Asselin, HC Sierre attacker loaned to Genève-Servette

The proof fits in his story: «Catherine, my wife, is about to give birth to our first child. The term was scheduled for January 28. But, as the baby is already very big, we must provoke the birth. We made an appointment to start the process on Friday. But, after Christophe’s phone call, my wife called the doctor to postpone the delivery until next Monday.»

Guillaume and Catherine Asselin got married in Quebec in the summer of 2020.

Guillaume and Catherine Asselin got married in Quebec in the summer of 2020.

Facebook Guillaume Asselin

Guillaume Asselin whispered it to us at the start of the 2020-2021 season after training: secretly, he hoped to get the chance to show off in the highest category of Swiss game. «When you are a competitor, you always want to challenge the best.»

‹I will assume the role that will be entrusted to me and do not worry about my integration ››

Guillaume Asselin, who will play with Genève-Servette on Friday

Fast striker, with knitting hands, who does not balk at performing defensive tasks, the two-time Slovak champion joined Geneva on Thursday afternoon, will spend the night at the hotel before taking part in the warm up on Friday morning. «I do not take the lead, I will assume the role that will be entrusted to me and do not worry about my integration. Since the start of my career, I have acquired a lot of experience in changing locker rooms (laughs) and I had the chance to meet great players.»

Ten years ago, Asselin played on the same trio as Charles Hudon, today in Lausanne, with the Saguenéens de Chicoutimi. A regret not to carry out his baptism in the National League against the LHC and its «chum»? «Not at all! The main thing is to be able to be a part of the show, no matter who is in front of you.»

Posted today at 4:43 p.m.

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