Good with Rocket but not closing the door on the NHL

After a fairytale journey for the Laval Rocket to the playoffs, we salute the players but also their head coach Jean-François Houle, who joined the team last summer, for his help. After just one season at Rocket, he’s impressed many and could soon land some NHL offers.

Houle spent his final years in the AHL but was an assistant with the Bakersfield Condors. An offer from Marc Bergevin to replace Joël Bouchard was enough to convince Houle to return to Quebec. It was a very good decision for him and for the Rocket organization. He continues on his career path and training is going better than ever.

The problem is that if Jean-Francois Houle decides to advance his career, Laval will have to start over in terms of coaching. However, it is a possible situation for him.

“I would definitely think about it. One day I want to be in the National League. I love my career in Laval so far, I’m very happy. Of course, when I get a call I listen, but right now I want to be the head coach here at Laval. – Jean-Francois Houle on Nicholas Richard from La Presse Sports

Houle seems to be well-respected at Laval and that last phrase is a great reassurance to the people in the organization who appreciate his presence on the team. Joël Bouchard, who left the rocket alone, revealed he’s lacking a little patience in his coaching journey. For Jean-François Houle, this patience is a very important part of the job.

“You have to be patient in this environment. This is hockey. In learning the craft, one must learn to manage with time.” – Jean-François Houle on Marc De Foy of the Journal de Montreal

The current Rocket trainer has seen it in his life, that patience has served him well. If he continues with the same momentum as he has since the beginning of his career, it would not be surprising to see him at Laval for a few years, but he risks rising to another level. He’s been able to do that ever since he sat behind a hockey bench.

We shouldn’t worry too much about a possible departure of Jean-François Houle, but nothing is impossible. A great offer from the NHL is a dream.


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