Craig to the ‘Q’

The Glengarry News - - Sports in the Glens -

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.”



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