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Exclusive Interview With Habs Prospect Simon Bourque

Simon Bourque Source: Montreal Canadiens

I contacted Simon Bourque, the Montreal Canadiens’ sixth round draft pick (177th overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft to give him the chance to tell us more about him. A member of the QMJHL champions, the Rimouski Oceanic, and having participated in the Memorial Cup last May in Quebec City, the 18-year-old defender recorded 10 goals and 28 assists for 38 points in 66 games as well as 69 penalty minutes and a +27 rating. Bourque hopes to do well at the Canadians camp in September and maybe even play an exhibition game.

  1. You were drafted by Montreal in the 6th round (177th overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. What was your reaction when the Canadiens drafted you, you who grew up in the greater Montreal area?

First, it was a great relief to hear my name. Later, when I watched my parents I realized that I had just been drafted by the team I’ve seen play throughout my youth. It was a magical moment.

 

  1. You did not appear on the first list of the NHL Central Scouting for the 2015 Entry Draft. Were you disappointed? What have you done to silence the detractors?

I was certainly disappointed. I had a lot of positive feedback afterwards from people around me. I knew I deserved to be there. Of course, it was necessary that I worked twice as hard and that I show more what I was capable of. I talked to myself and I improved some aspects of my game.

 

  1. You had an excellent second season in the QMJHL. What can explain your progress, especially in the second half of the season?

I credit much of the success to the guys who played with me last year. We had an incredible team with exceptional veterans who have helped me to become a professional and act like a veteran. Playing with players of the caliber of Kostalek, Morin, Clapperton, Loiseau, Gauthier, etc. helped me learn a lot.

 

  1. At the age of 18 with the Oceanic, you already wear the “A” on your jersey. What kind of leader are you on the ice and in the locker room?

I am a leader who does not talk much. I prefer to take action on and off the ice to lead by example than say a lot of things without necessarily making them myself. I like to help younger players and I learned from the oldest ones and I’m someone who is not afraid to take his place, but who respects others as well as the hierarchy.

 

  1. With the departure of Samuel Morin and Jan Kostalek for the American Hockey League, your responsibilities will increase this season. How do you see this transition?

I see it as a good challenge. I feel good when I have a lot of responsibilities and I have to take care of the youngest players in the sense of helping them adapt to the league.

 

  1. How did you experience your participation in the Memorial Cup in Quebec City? Were you disappointed with the result even if you had won the QMJHL Championship against the Remparts?

Yes it sure was disappointing. We did not play our best hockey in Quebec during the Memorial Cup. It was a great experience despite the result. I learned a lot last year and I consider myself fortunate to have had the chance to participate in the tournament. I still think we had a terrific year.

 

  1. You are an excellent playmaker who can play on the power play. Can you tell us about your other qualities as a hockey player?

I am a defender who plays in both ends of the ice. I have a good positioning on defense, I am a mobile rearguard who makes a good first pass and I am calm on the ice. My best quality is my vision of the game.

 

  1. What are the aspects of your game that you have to improve to go to the next level and dominate in junior?

The aspect that I have to improve the most is my physical play. I have to use my body better in my one-on-one battles.

 

  1. If you had to compare your style of play to a NHL star, what player would it be and why?

He’s not a star, but I would say Alec Martinez of the Kings. He does his job very well. We do not hear much about him, but he is effective in both ends of the ice, and he is able to play big minutes.

 

  1. Finally, can you tell us about your summer training? What is a typical training day for you?

This summer, I was going up at around 8:15 in the morning. I was going to the Bell Complex to train with the guys from 9:15 am to about 10:45am. Then, I had ice time in the afternoon three times a week and sometimes I played Dekhockey at night!

 

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Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions for rabidhabs.com

Fred Poulin

@FredPoulin98