In his debut season in Los Angeles, Phillip Danault exploded with a 27-goal harvest for a total of 51 points. Although he could contribute offensively, the Victorian center player never scored more than 13 goals during his time with the Montreal Canadiens.
Less than a year after signing a six-year, $33 million deal, the Kings are proud of their accomplishment. At the family level, the athlete’s father is not surprised by his achievement.
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“Honestly, personally, I’m not really surprised by his offensive talent because I’ve followed him his entire career,” Alain Danault explained Thursday in an interview with TVASports.ca at the Victoriaville Golf Club, of which he is general manager.
“He scored a lot of goals and scored a lot of points at the juniors, so I know his offensive flair very well.”
Danault said he wanted to stay with the Bleu-blanc-rouge while taking on more offensive responsibilities – maybe he felt the Brood was close? – but the treaty negotiations with the old regime failed. Quebec agent Don Meehan confirmed in a recent interview with TVA Sports that the annual sum of $500,000 divided the two camps.
The latter, as with all his clients, emphasized that the role in the team is just as important as the pact he signs. As evidence, at the Kings, Danault was charmed by promises made by president Luc Robitaille and manager Rob Blake, then honored them on the ice.
“I’m really not surprised at his production, but I’m really, really happy for one very simple reason, and that’s that he’s happy. He found life, I would say, a little more normal with Marie-Pierre than with the children.
“As for the rest, it’s been a really exceptional time in Montreal and I’m sure he’s enjoyed it.”
Danault recently hinted, with a touch of irony, on Montreal’s radio 91.9 Sports that he “didn’t jump for joy” when the hiring of his former CEO Marc Bergevin was announced by the Kings. For Alain Danault, the two men buried the past.
“Phillip talked about it a bit and it’s definitely business. Those are things that happen and now I think they’ve both moved on.”
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Always the blue-white-red fiber
Before the arrival of Gorton-Hughes, some faithful of Sainte-Flanelle do not forgive the old regime for allowing Danault to escape under other skies. Loved by fans for his dedication during games and appreciated by members of the press for his outspokenness, the former Tiger provided unforgettable moments for those close to him.
His Exodus to California dreams does not mean that his father has changed his allegiance.
“I’m a big Montreal Canadiens fan myself,” he said. When you learn that your son has just traded into this team that is an incredible dynasty, you can’t help but delight.
“I think the whole family spent five great years with the Canadians and then this passage will always be in our memories. To always remind us that a member of our family played for this great organization.
“It was an honor for me.”
Transaction aside, what is Alain Danault’s fondest memory? You don’t have to look far.
“The pass he made to Artturi Lehkonen (in the semifinals) to eliminate Las Vegas. We were there last year. We stayed at the Bell Center. It was hysterical for everyone, by the way. Also to the “Saint-HAN”, as Phillip said.
“For me it’s probably the best moment of Philippe’s time in Montreal.”
Lehkonen sends the Canadians to the final! –
The Canada Cup in August
While his son prepares to put his skates back on, Alain Danault won’t be idle. Victoriaville Golf Club will host the ninth edition of the Canada Cup from August 11th to 14th. This tournament brings together the best professional golfers from Canada and even the United States.
“This is an exceptional event that is taking place for the ninth time this year. $125,000 in prize money is at stake, including $25,000 for the champion.
“Last year Newfoundland dog Blair Bursey won the event and he’s coming to defend his title this year, so it’s a really amazing event that people can attend absolutely free.”
Among the expected golfers from the province of Belle are Yohann Benson, Keven Fortin Simard (Best Quebecer 2021), Max Gilbert, Brandon Lacasse and some veterans like Marc-Étienne Bussières and Dave Levesque.
– On Thursday, the club organized the third Classic of Champions Goalkeeper Samuel Montembeault appointed Honorary President. In the evening, more than $15,000 in scholarships were distributed to 11 young athletes.