One has only to Cantonniers Midget AAA currently in Magog. Protected Felix Potvin are the subject of the hour in town hockey fans and the excitement is felt.
Fans began to respond well in the previous series and when Cantonniers eliminated the Grenadiers of Châteauguay, the reigning champions of the Midget AAA League, quarter-final, missing a handful of spectators to cross the figure of 1,000 .
This weekend, while Cantonniers attempt to eliminate the Gauls Antoine-Girouard front of their fans, Renaud Légaré, team president, is nothing less than 1200 fans per game Friday and Saturday. In comparison, the first two parts of this series in Saint-Hyacinthe late last week drew only 800 fans.
Many are led to believe that the benefits of misfortunes Cantonniers Canadiens and the Sherbrooke Phoenix, opinion not shared by Renaud Légaré. “It’s a phenomenon that regularly sees in Midget AAA. Audiences between 300 and 400 regular season and playoff is that it explodes, at least for most concessions. This is our case in Magog. In season, people choose their parts, but in the series, all spread the word and come to cheer the team at the same time, “said the President and added that the two windows of the arena will be open on weekends and attendants will take place in the parking lot to greet and direct motorists.
The best advertising
This year, moreover, the players themselves are responsible for making the exciting show, by far the best promotional vehicle to pique the curiosity of fans. “Against Blizzard initial round, the guys came from behind in the decisive game with two goals in the last six minutes to win. Then, against Châteauguay, they fill a deficit of 0-3 to finally get their hands on winning again late in the game. The arena’s roof lifted on the winning goal. Young people work on the ice and people like what they see. I am convinced that the spectacle to be offered by two teams this weekend will be exciting. It’s always like that when these two teams meet, “said Renaud Légaré.
Who chairs the board of the team since 2006 when he was replaced Olivier Tremblay. In his role as president, he has never tasted the final. “I am a supporter of the first hour of Cantonniers. Ti-ass, I encouraged them often and I freaking final in 2000 when they were crowned Canadian champions. As President, I wait my moment of glory, “says Légaré, smile.
“Do not make me say it will be this year. I have a right to expect as the presidents of the other three teams in the semifinals. But I will speak as a coach and added that it is earned on the ice and it’s far from over. Not as original statement, but it is reality. ”