Patrick Roy said the deal period will undoubtedly be uneventful in Quebec, but his Remparts team finally snatched two more Champions League finalists on Tuesday.
Victoriaville striker Tigres Connor Frenet and Olivier Colombe came to Quebec in two separate transactions.
“It’s a moment I’ve been anticipating,” Frenette admitted during a conference call. I knew my name had been mentioned in discussions with some teams. Of course, I am baffled by the idea of leaving Victoriaville, the team I had four wonderful years with, but I am happy to come to Quebec.”
Frenette, 20, was secured against a third-round pick in the next draft and a second-round pick in 2023.
His arrival means the Remparts now have four 20-year-old athletes in their ranks, while the limit is three. The organization confirmed that striker Christopher Farmer (7 goals and 12 assists) is the player who will leave the Red Devils.
“Leadership” and “Boldness”
After the deal’s shock, Frenette now hopes to bring to the Remparts her “leadership” and “strength.”
“We all know the Remparts are a very talented team,” he commented. I encountered tigers this year, I could see them. But I’m glad I’m able to help them on both sides.”
In the past few weeks, Frenette has also stood out by scoring a lot of points on the board. The veteran position has 36 goals, including 16 goals in 30 games this season.
The Gatineau native stands out especially in December. He earned at least one point in each of his seven matches, for a total of 16.
Both Frenette and Coulombe – acquired for a sixth-round pick in 2024 – know the Videotron position well. In the protected environment of Quebec, they raised the President’s Cup at the end of the last campaign.
“I was talking about it with my family [hier] Freenette said this morning. This is where I’ve had the biggest moments of my career and the fact that I’m going back there to try and live for others, it’s a strange feeling, but I’m very happy and it wouldn’t be too difficult to adapt to the environment.”
Coulombe, 19, of Montmagny, played his first two seasons in QMJHL with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, before joining Tigres.
In 29 matches this year, the right winger collected three goals and eight assists for 11 points.
Frenette says she can’t wait to reconnect with her former Tigers teammates who now wear red and black Remparts. Besides a Colombian, the striker also played last year with Zachary Gravel and Fabio Iacopo.
“We will be players who are able to help others grow and show the way to the cup,” he said.
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