Craig to the ‘Q’
BY SEAN BRAY Sports Editor Alexandria’s Kieran Craig has been signed by the Gatineau Olympiques, of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (LHJMQ).
The 17-year-old forward was a training camp invitee, along with another Glengarry hockey player, friend Jeremy Quesnel.
Craig, by all accounts, had a stellar camp, catching the attention of team staff.
Undrafted by a major junior hockey team, he skated last season with the Hawkesbury Hawks of the CCHL, recording 17 points and 26 penalty minutes, in 50 regular-season games.
He stepped things up a notch in the Hawks’ playoff run, notching 12 points in 11 games.
A student-athlete at le Relais last year, he was a leader on the ice with les Rapides, who won the 2018 Tournoi Franco Ontarien.
Earlier this summer, he Gatineau’s main camp, then was invited back for training camp this month, staying in a hotel with his parents, Kevin and Tina.
Last week, he was offered a contract with the club, describing the opportunity as one that is “going to have a great impact on my career.”
He’s also thrilled to be playing top-level junior hockey close to home.
The Olympiques are taking care of everything for the teen, setting him up in school, where he enters grade 12 this fall, and with a billet family.
As it’s still pre-season in the ‘Q’, his current routine has him on the ice, practising every day and scrimmaging and playing games in the evening.
On top of that, there is off-ice work and time in the gym.
When asked which professional hockey player is his favourite, Craig responds Mark Scheifele.
On his playing style, the Glengarrian says his strengths are his ability to make and anticipate plays. He also says he has a good shot.
Craig notes that his family is thrilled for him, calling this a “new experience for all of us.”