Luneau proved that he can beat the test

Tristan Lono will be the guest of Antichambre on RDS and RDS Direct, Wednesday night around 8:45 p.m., after Sea Dogs vs. Oil kings.

Montreal – Few players take their careers as seriously as Tristan Lono. So the shock gets even more brutal when you have to undergo surgery before the season starts leading up to your NHL draft.

“I’ve always been very competitive, so, in my opinion, it was the end of the world to have surgery at the time,” Luneau admitted, in early June, during the Combine in Buffalo.

This left knee interference spoiled Luneau’s plans for another season that was crucial to his career. So, even without being 100% physically ready, Luneau chose to go back to work.

“I went on the snow for the first time after my operation on Monday and played my first game on Friday. It was a bit like getting into a wolf’s mouth,” admitted the guy who was the type to tease his colleagues and friends because he goes to bed so early.

“But I love hockey so much that I didn’t want to delay my comeback. If that meant playing at 75%, that I could still do some development,” Luno explained with his impressive maturity at the age of 18.

The goal was noble and brave, yet it was impossible to meet the expectations of the recruits on the ice. Being a very promising player, Luneau had to contend with the sometimes painful reality of professional sports.

“It affected me at the start of the season and he was frustrated. I felt that I couldn’t help my team as much as I wanted. I couldn’t show the player style that I am either, it wasn’t me,” summed up the defender from the beautiful Victoriaville area.

“During the year, I interviewed teams who were a bit disappointed. They wanted to see more and said I was better last year. It was frustrating to hear that, but I kept growing,” he said without getting angry.

Luneau has met more than 25 NHL teams this season and now they must decide if he can access the incredible potential he shows when he’s at his best.

If his first three months of the season were offensively shy, the right-handed has regained much of his composure afterwards.

He will not soon forget the role his coach, Louis Ropitail, played with the Gatineau Olympiques, encouraging him.

“That’s why we play junior hockey, it’s spending this time with young people and accompanying them through what they’re going through. Tristan, everything he does he does 100%. It’s a quality, but it can also become a flaw. We had to explain to him that the rest and the process was For his own good,” Robitaille replied.

“When it comes to your draft year and you’re ranked high and observers are wondering about your game, it’s easy to look at the downside,” he added.

The Olympic pilot draws a related analogy.

“Look at the NHL, guys who miss training camp, not many of them have great seasons after that. It’s a big impact. He missed three to four months in the gym and on the snow. It wasn’t easy, but today he can tell himself that we followed The right plan, said Ropitel.

In terms of family, Luno was able to count on his three older brothers.

“I was a little freaked out at first and was like, ‘Tris, the chances of you getting hurt again are so high, it’s not the end of the world or the end of your career. It’s rare for a youngster to need surgery, but you’re not the first athlete to go through this process. Luno, who quoted Samuel, a former footballer, said, “It feels good to talk to my brothers, they’ve been through things before me.

Smart, mature, thoughtful and professional, Luneau undoubtedly won points in interviews.

“When you have a conversation with him, it’s not just the coach talking and telling him what to do. We can exchange together because he is ready. Moreover, when you meet him individually, he takes notes,” Robitaille boasted.

And we wanted to attend his meetings with the teams that asked the players to predict the continuation of an on-screen event because his hockey high sense is unanimous.

“Through the discussions in the interviews, the teams were able to understand that I am not just an instinctive snowman, I know Game Lono, who is just waiting to prove it on the rinks at Pittman Circuit, concluded that I am studying it.

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