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Éric Gélinas: Life as a MAINEiac

Éric Gélinas has three goals and 11 points in 22 games with Lewiston this season. (Photo courtesy of Ron Morin)

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Éric Gélinas has three goals and 11 points in 22 games with Lewiston this season. (Photo courtesy of Ron Morin)

The life of a hockey player is crazy. It’s definitely not for everyone. I am one of the few lucky enough to be blessed by the craziness. I thought I would use this entry to tell you a little about what everyday life is like for me as a QMJHL player, as well as let you in on what’s been going on with my team, the Lewiston MAINEiacs, on the ice.

Hockey is full of traditions. Every team has their own rituals that are generally accepted throughout the hockey world as just “things you do.” Each player brings his own tradition to the team. All of those things then get mixed together to give every team a different flavor and help form a unique fraternity.

A tradition that is all too common is rookie haircuts. I was fortunate enough to escape the tradition last year, but nonetheless, I was able to participate on the better end of it this year. Billy Lacasse and I teamed up to destroy one of our rookies’ hair. We were quite creative and took some parts right down to the scalp. It was all in good fun. Thus, we passed the torch down to a new generation of MAINEiacs players.

Our team president recently had the MAINEiacs logo installed in the middle of the dressing room floor. Everyone in hockey knows not to step on the dressing room logo. Last week, the team’s public relations director came into the dressing room to talk to me. He didn’t even see the logo had been installed. He walked right over it and the whole team flipped out. He offered to pay his $10 fine with some Canadian money that he had left over from a team road trip, but we let him slide.

Road trips are always interesting. It seems like something memorable always happens. Last weekend we had a pair of games in Bathurst and P.E.I.

The team stayed in Moncton so we wouldn’t have to switch hotels. We were coming out of a restaurant and this taxi driver came up to the bus and told coach he was the funniest cab driver in New Brunswick. He jumped on the bus and started telling jokes. We all weren’t quite sure what to make of it. After a few jokes the coach realized he might be crazy and kicked him off the bus.

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I also wanted to give everyone an update on how the team has been doing. A few weeks ago we had a game at the Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City. It was my first time playing there as a MAINEiac.

It was a rush to play in front of so many people and in such a huge building. When we were there we got to see Kevin Marshall, a former MAINEiac who was traded away during the off-season. It was really good to see him, even though he was on the other side. During my rookie season, Kevin really helped me adjust to the QMJHL. I’m sure he is a great captain for the Remparts in the dressing room.

Currently, we are in fourth place in the Telus Central Division. Last Thursday we played the Chicoutimi Saguenéens for the second time this year. We ended up winning in a shootout. It was a pretty dramatic game and a much-needed two points. The rest of the weekend did not go as planned. Our division rivals, the Drummondville Voltigeurs, took the weekend set from us on Saturday and Sunday.

We have another game coming up this weekend with the Volts. Because we play the first round of the playoffs within our division, these games are important for us. Hopefully, we can get a few points on them this weekend.

We just have to remember not to get any stupid penalties and stay out of the box as much as possible. If we can do that, I think we will be in good shape.

Until next time…

A 6-foot-2, 190-pound defenseman, Éric Gélinas is in his second season with the Lewiston MAINEiacs of the Quebec Major Junior League after putting up three goals and 19 points in 54 games last season. The St-Jean-sur-Richelie, Que., native is eligible for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. 

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