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really taken the opportunity and shown that he belongs and he can help us. He made believers out of the rest of the staff. Hamilton native was caught off guard when the phone rang in Pembroke and his former coach was on the other end of the line in the Sault.
Gaudet played with the Gatineau Olympiques in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League during the 2011 12 season before dropping down to the Jr. A level in January, 2012, and suiting up with the Pembroke Lumber Kings.
was really surprised. It was nice to hear from him, Gaudet said Tuesday afternoon.
He has played mainly on the third line between Nick Halagian and Dylan Staples and has also spent time killing penalties.
He was officially signed to the team at the trade deadline, Jan. 10.
Gaudet living the dream
Tyler Gaudet never expected to play in the Ontario Hockey League, let alone in Sault Ste. Marie.
Keefe has worked to make the Soo more of a puck possession team. He said Gaudet was already familiar with his system and he believed he would fit well into the mix.
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Although he is not a naturally gifted offensive player, Keefe says he a very high skill level and the ability to handle the puck. Hounds are 10 5 under Keefe and are undefeated in eight starts on home ice. They are currently in seventh place in the Western Conference with a 23 18 2 1 record, for 49 points.
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But the 19 year old centre is making the most of his opportunity at the major junior level after first suiting up with the Soo Greyhounds Dec. 14, in an unlikely call up from the Jr. A ranks.
Keefe didn waste any time before making a move to bring Gaudet on board. He pushed to at least give the teen a chance to show what he could do with the Hounds.
brought his name up pretty early, really, in kind of my first days being here, Keefe said. believe in him both as a player and as a person.
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Gaudet has scored two goals and two assists with the Hounds in 10 games.
is a good penalty killer, Keefe said. are a lot of tools that I thought he could bring here. the Greyhounds huge, Gaudet said. changed everything. It nice to get that second opportunity. OHL is much different than Jr. A, he said. Not only is the pace of the game considerably faster, the depth of talent on teams is also much deeper.
Soo Greyhounds new head coach Sheldon Keefe who took over from Mike Stapleton Dec. 3 was the owner/general manager/head coach of the Lumber Kings, and he liked what he saw in Gaudet.
Gaudet has much to offer, said the new head coach. He a big guy that skates extremely well, plays well at both ends of the ice and is versatile.
things, Keefe said.
Jr. A you have one really strong line . (In the OHL) every single line is a strong line. describes himself as a defensive forward, more of a two way player.
season with Pembroke. In 25 games this season he scored 10 goals and added 12 assists before getting a call from Keefe, and the chance to play in the OHL.
was really excited, especially because it was kind of my second chance. I was already playing Converse All Star Ox White Junior at the CHL level (with Gatineau) and (had) been dropped down. to get another shot in major junior, he said.
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