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“I wish it was Guy Lafleur” – Alexander Daigle

“I wish it was Guy Lafleur” – Alexander Daigle

Now an analyst for TVA Sports, Alexandre Daigle spoke quite transparently about his hockey career on Marie-Claude Barrett's microphone on the latest episode of the podcast Open your game.

This heroism was particularly revealed in the documentary tea the chosen on Prime Video, brought him to terms with his sporting career and gave him the motivation to get back into the public eye.

“Today, when I look at myself, I see a guy in a really good mood. I was seeing a guy that no one knew and I thought he was sad for many years,” he said, explaining that negative comments about him had an impact on him when he was playing in the NHL. ).

“[Ma bonne humeur] It was my greatest quality, but the world ignored it. I started playing hockey in 2010 and I was there on the same media as I found the impression that the gender of the mother image was available on December 25, 26, 27, at – he says .

“Every time I heard about myself it was always negative. I thought it was a shame. I wish I was Guy Lafleur or Maurice Richard. But it seems that when people see you as Guy Lafleur or Maurice Richard or Mario Lemieux and you're not, it's like… If it's all messed up, “Then you start thinking about it in your head, too,” added the hockey player, who has played nearly 700 games in the NHL.

Alexander Daigle recording the podcast

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Alexander Daigle recording the “Open Your Game” podcast.

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“It feels like I got a lifeline with the documentary,” the 1993 first-round draft pick added.

Upon entering the NHL, Alexandre Daigle signed a 5-year contract with the Ottawa Senators and was one of the highest-paid players in the league at a time when salary caps had not yet been established.

After several trades, he took a two-year break at the end of the 1999-2000 season, before joining the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2002.

Alexander Daigle recording the podcast

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Alexander Daigle recording the “Open Your Game” podcast.

“At that time, we didn't want to talk about mental health, because your career would be over. There was no openness about it,” he told Marie-Claude Barrett, admitting that he regretted not consulting a sports psychologist at the time.

He also recalled an episode in which he lost all motivation at the age of 15, after reaching his goal of scoring 50 goals in a season in the AAA Midget Championship. “When that happened, it was like all the lights went out and I was no longer able to say to myself: ‘Okay, now I'm going to leave Junior. I want to do this, I want to do that.'” The next match I didn't want to play anymore. On the bench , I was crying.

Alexander Daigle recording the podcast

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Alexander Daigle recording the “Open Your Game” podcast.

Montreal was never an option

Alexandre Daigle often dreamed of playing for the Montreal Canadiens, but in reality, joining the team was not part of his plans at all. “I was really looking forward to being 21 to go to bars in the United States. Staying in Montreal was never my goal. The time I was going to spend in the National League, I wanted to “Be somewhere other than Montreal.”

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“Montreal, after walking down Avenue Saint Laurent a few times, I realized it was amazing One Way “And at some point it stops,” he added.