Patrick Roy fully understands why it took so long for the Vancouver Canucks to return to the game after being hit by COVID-19. More than three weeks after the first positive case of Remparts, they have not resumed their maximum intensity training.
Roy said on Thursday: “It’s hard to tell if there are sequelae, because we still don’t practice 100%.” Players are required to maintain 75% or 80% of their capacity. I can understand what happened in Vancouver. I thought it could be resolved in 14 days, but it was much longer than I thought. I think unless you are affected by COVID-19, you will not be able to understand. The return process is more complicated than I thought. “
The Red Devils receive training on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and will rest on Friday, followed by short ice exercises on Saturday and Sunday.
“We had hoped to work on some aspects, but we will not be able to do it. We want more matches and one-on-one battles and physical conditions. We will have to endure it and trust our players.”
Of the seven players affected by COVID-19, only one has no symptoms. For others, including veterans Théo Rochette and Nicolas Savoie, it is a bit more difficult.
“I lived for three to four days and everything was equally complicated. I was really tired and thought I would have problems overcoming it. However, the symptoms disappeared and I was able to start training again. Rochette said: “I I was a little surprised, because fitness is good. “
“At first I was tired, but now I’m back to normal. Guard Savoie added that I was ready to send me the minutes of the meeting, and most of them were as well.
The latter is also one of only seven players in the junior team who have played at least one playoff game. The others are Rochette, Thomas Caron (injured), Roman Rodanski, Gabriel Montreuil, Gal Cormier and Hunter Holmes. The latter did so in OHL with Flint Firebirds in 2016-2017.
Before the pandemic ended, several young Red Devils players had their first experience last year.
“I am ready to play a leadership role. On the other hand, even if these guys are inexperienced, they will be mentally prepared. It is good for us. Savoy added that we have a good gang and a good team, Savoye together with Caron, Rodanski and Montreuil defeated Lempart in seven games in 2019 and defeated Halifax Mooseheads (Halifax Mooseheads) to win.
The Red Devils were tested for COVID-19 on Wednesday and will have to submit another Saturday. If all results are negative, they will be able to enter the protected environment of Drummondville on Sunday night.
The history between Patrick Roy and the Hartley family goes back a long time. If the series between Remparts de Québec in Quebec and Voltigeurs de Drummondville in Drummondville will make him contend with Steve Hartley, Roy hopes his father Bob can get close to him.