More changes are afoot at the P.E.I. Rocket camp after the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League club shook up its scouting staff.
Out is Charles Marier, longtime head scout, and in as head scout is Gilles Tremblay, former scout with the Victoriaville Tigres.
“Gilles is a quality guy that comes to us with great references and he was highly recommended,” stated Rocket president Serge Savard Jr. in a release. “His strengths are his work ethic and organizational skills. He holds himself and those around him accountable and with these traits, he has identified some great young talent for the Tigres.
“The Tigres are disappointed to see him go, but they knew he was ready to become a head scout and they didn’t want to keep him from his goal of doing that.”
Tremblay comes to the Rocket after five years with the Tigres.
Previously, he coached and managed teams at the minor and junior levels in Quebec.
Marier leaves after over more than half a decade of service in the Rocket organization.
He became head scout in 2005 and can place players such as Ben Duffy and Adam Polacek on his resume.
“Charles scouted thousands of games and travelled thousands of miles for us,” said Savard. “We drafted some good young players under his guidance as head scout. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”
Bonneau staying with Sharks
A former P.E.I. Rocket has re-signed with the American Hockey League's Worchester Sharks.
Forward Jimmy Bonneau, 27, signed for the upcoming season, but the terms of the deal were not disclosed as per club policy.
Bonneau, who played with the Rocket from 2003 to 2005, set a Worcester franchise record last season with 22 fighting majors (third most in the AHL), tied for the team lead in penalty minutes with 168 and added five points in 54 games.
An alternate captain last season, he appeared in 249 career AHL games with Hamilton, Portland, Rochester and Worcester accumulating 21 points, 721 penalty minutes and 92 fighting majors.
The six-foot-three, 220-pound forward from Baie-Comeau, Que., has played 129 games with Long Beach and Cincinnati of the East Coast Hockey League.
He was originally drafted by the Montreal Canadiens with the 241st pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
Bonneau is an ambassador with the Rocket for the summer on a part-time basis.
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