The man they call Lavigne

Cee­bees No. 1 keeper im­pressed by new team, league

The Compass - - ORTHTE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

Any goal­tender grow­ing up in the late 1980s and early 1990s un­doubt­edly paid close at­ten­tion to the Montreal Cana­di­ens and the man be­tween the pipes at the time — Patrick Roy.

Those keep­ers would’ve tried to mir­ror Roy’s but­ter­fly style, watch­ing how he con­trolled re­bounds and han­dled pres­sure.

They might’ve even had posters of “Saint Patrick” lin­ing their bed­room walls.

Charles Lavigne, the new­est goal­tender for the Con­cep­tion Bay North CeeBee Stars, was one of those goal­tenders. Grow­ing up in the small On­tario town of St. Bernardin, Lavigne looked up to the win­ner of four Stan­ley Cup tro­phys.

In a favourable twist of fate, the 24-year-old would get the chance to play for his child­hood idol when Lavigne joined the Quebec Rem­parts or­ga­ni­za­tion of the Quebec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League.

“It was quite an ex­pe­ri­ence,” he told The Com­pass last week. “I learned a lot.”

Lavigne had his finest am­a­teur sea­son with the Rem­parts. Af­ter back­ing up Ni­cola Riopel with the Monc­ton Wild­cats in the 2007-08 sea­son, Lavigne got his chance to start with the Rem­parts.

He posted a record of 33 wins, 11 losses and two ties, post­ing a goal­sagainst av­er­age of 2.37 with six shutouts in 51 starts with the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“(Patrick Roy) rode me all year,” said Lavigne. “I couldn’t ask for more. I fed off him.”

Tom­mie call­ing

Af­ter his time in ma­jor ju­nior, Lavigne chose to take his con­sid­er­able tal­ents to St. Thomas Uni­versi- ty in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

“It seemed like the per­fect fit for me,” he said.

The Tom­mies strug­gled dur­ing the three years Lavigne was in town. The team was abysmal from 2009-12, los­ing 58 games while win­ning only 15.

How­ever, the Tom­mies’ record does not re­flect the work Lavigne did to keep his team in games. Lavigne faced an in­creas­ing num­ber of shots on goal, go­ing from 682 to 738 to 763.

ABOUT CHARLES LAVIGNE:

• Age — 24; • Home­town — St. Bernardin,

On­tario; • Re­sides — Fredericton, New

Brunswick; • Fam­ily — par­ents are J.P. and Ju­dith; has a 26-year-old brother named Alexan­der; • Oc­cu­pa­tion — stu­dent at UNB,

do­ing masters in busi­ness; • Po­si­tion — goal­tender; • Team — Con­cep­tion Bay North

CeeBee Stars; • Favourite goal­tender — Cur­tis

Joseph; • Favourite team grow­ing up —

Toronto Maple Leafs; • Beer or wine — beer; • Burger or pizza — burger; • Favourite tele­vi­sion show —

How I Met Your Mother; • Favourite movie — Oceans 11; • Top 3 artists on iPod — the Black Keys, Swedish House Mafia and the Foo Fight­ers; • Per­sonal ac­com­plish­ment —

do­ing my MBA.

Lavigne said he “owes a lot” to St. Thomas and the univer­sity’s hockey pro­gram.

“I didn’t think I could do so well in school,” he said.

Lavigne does not buy into the no­tion that ma­jor ju­nior is the high­est level of am­a­teur hockey in Canada.

“The AUS is stronger,” he said. “You’re play­ing against men. It’s in­sanely good hockey and in my opin­ion, the high­est am­a­teur level.”

Com­pass file photo

Charles Lavigne (right) watches prac­tice with as­sis­tant coach Peter Ge­orge in this Com­pass file photo. Lavigne is the new­est man be­tween the pipes for the Con­cep­tion Bay North CeeBee Stars.

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