James Malatesta: “I hope Hockey Canada is watching it,” says Patrick Roy

James Malatesta: “I’hope Hockey Canada watches it,” says Patrick Roy

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James Malatesta has two goals: sign a professional contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets and lead the Quebec Remparts to great honours. If he continues on his good start to the season, another feat could be within his reach, believes his coach Patrick Roy. 

The 19-year-old striker scored nine goals in 10 games so far this season and, with 13 points, he shares the Remparts scoring lead with Pier-Olivier Roy, Théo Rochette and Nathan Gaucher. 

Beyond the points, Malatesta also made his presence felt physically on several occasions. 

“He's got a big start to the season and I hope the folks at Hockey Canada are watching him. The way he's playing right now, he deserves at least an invitation to camp for the World Junior Hockey Championship. I'm happy with what I see from him. He is an intense guy who works hard. I've talked to people from the Blue Jackets and James is one of those who came in with the right mentality, he was ready when he came back here,” Roy said.

Mis At the scent of his head coach's remarks, Malatesta sketched a smile. 

“I try not to think about it too much. I want to play and have fun and keep going. This year, I am playing for a contract and to win a championship with the Remparts. I play for a lot. I'm really motivated and I think it shows on the ice.” 

Rousseau too?

After hearing Roy's remarks about Malatesta, a colleague relaunched the Remparts head coach by asking him if he didn't believe that goalkeeper William Rousseau, too, could earn an invitation with the Canadian team with the start. season he knows. 

“There are several players on our team who deserve a call [from Hockey Canada], that’s for sure. It is not me who will stop the promotion of our players. Will is having a fantastic start to the season. […] What worried us was that it was the first time he had the role of no. 1. Honestly, we will admit that he deals very well with that. Pascal Lizotte [the Remparts' goalkeeper coach] is doing a very good job of preparing him mentally and technically, he doesn't give a lot of rebounds.” 

Room for improvement

In nine games this season, William Rousseau is posting a 1.67 GAA and a .937 save percentage. 

“I have a good start of the season but I never want to be satisfied. I like to think that you never reach perfection so you always have to improve. The team plays with more responsibility defensively. It happens that we give chances, like any club, and it's up to us, the goalkeepers, to make those saves,” said the one who benefits from the mentorship of Patrick Lalime, a “knowledge enough close.” 

“He talks to some people on a professional level and he gives me feedback.”