About 6 years ago, Quebecman Joe Veleno saw the Canadian Hockey Association grant him the status of “special player” and became the first 15-year-old player to be able to participate in the Quebec Major General Junior Hockey League (LHJMQ).
Veleno recently told writers: “Red Wing leaders want to see me for a few days, but if they think I’m ready, they will let me play.”
Just from the moment Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city, played in the SHL (Swedish Elite League) last season, the 21-year-old Montrealer had to undergo a week of quarantine upon returning to North America. This period of isolation ends today.
“I hope to join the Dallas Red Wings on Monday. The team will also play there on Tuesday. I don’t think I will participate in those games, but I will be able to practice in the big clubs. Because I have been quarantined in a hotel for a week. , So it can restore me to a good body shape.
Obviously, after all these years of hard work, Veleno is very happy to finally see his dream come true.
“What is certain is that my first professional game was so close and on a large scale. To this end, I have worked hard all my life.”
“work hard”. As far as young people are concerned, this is actually an understatement. Because despite his undeniable talents, he must always work hard to achieve his goals.
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It was on June 4, 2015 that the Canadian Hockey Club accepted Veleno’s request and provided him with the status of a “special player”.
At the age of 14, the lanky left-hander had just played 41 games in Midget AAA’s Lac St-Louis Lions and scored 52 points in a season.
Even today, Quebecers believe that he insisted on the Canadian leader to obtain this title and made the right decision.
“I really want to participate in the QMJHL competition when I was 15 years old. I thought I was ready for this adventure. For me, it is important to face older and stronger players quickly.”