Jean-Sébastien Dea floats on a cloud. Not only does he have playoff success with the Rocket, but he can do it in front of his family and friends.
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"It's sickening what's going on," Dea said. That's one of the reasons I signed here. We have the best fans in the league.
“When I jump on the ice, I have a little boost of energy because of the atmosphere that reigns in the building. I enjoy every moment.”
This energy allowed him to have his best career season with 26 goals and as many assists in 70 games. Since the start of the playoffs, he has added three goals and four assists.
Of course, he scored his most important goal in the last game in Rochester.
"It's my best career moment," said the Rocket No. 10. When you score in third overtime, that's the kind of moment people will remember for a long time. You don't see this often. It's in my top 3."
His first goal in the NHL and his 49th goal with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (LHJMQ) during the 2013-14 season are also among the highlights of his career.
Roy is coming
In another vein, the Rocket signed Sherbrooke Phoenix forward Joshua Roy to an amateur tryout contract.
“It will be the same as with Riley Kidney, explained Jean-François Houle. It's super good for him to be in the environment, to be in our meetings and to meet the players.
“If there is a chance to get him to play, he will play. For the moment, our attackers are doing very well. We don't think he's going to make our roster in the first few games of this series unless there are injuries."
Defenseman Mathias Norlinder will not play in the series against the Thunderbirds. He is recovering from a blow to the head taken in the first game of the series against Rochester.