Right-winger comes back to the Island with Val-d’Or Foreurs following summer trade
Louick Marcotte will wear the visiting team colours for the first time in Charlottetown Thursday night.
The right-winger, who spent three seasons with the P.E.I. Rocket, is coming back to town as a member of the Val-d’Or Foreurs. The Charlottetown Islanders traded him to Val-d’Or at the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League draft.
“I’m really excited,” Marcotte said of his return. “I’m not going to lie, I circled this date before the start of the season.”
The 19-year-old from Longueuil was a first-round pick of the Rocket (15 overall) in 2010. He had 79 points in 147 career regular season games with the Rocket, including 27 goals and 27 assists last season.
“I had great moments there,” Marcotte said, noting he appreciated the fans’ support and was looking forward to playing his former teammates. “It’s going to be a weird feeling. . .
“It’s going to be real emotional.”
The six-foot-one, 194-pound right-winger said he was surprised by the deal that netted the Islanders a first-round pick they used to select Alexandre Goulet.
The move has worked out well for Marcotte, who is off to a blazing start in Val-d’Or with 18 points in 11 games. Playing with one of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League best snipers, Anthony Mantha, helps.
“We played together in minor hockey,” Marcotte explained. “Mantha is a good hockey player. He’s easy to play with.”
Marcotte tries to use his vision to get the puck to the Detroit Red Wings’ draft pick, who is adapt at finding the back of the net, as his 16 goals in nine games attests.
Marcotte had two assists when the Foreurs defeated the Islanders Oct. 4 in Val-d’Or. “I like it here and I’m having fun,” Marcotte said.
Need to know
Who – Val-d’Or Foreurs (7-4-0-0) at Charlottetown Islanders (8-2-0-1).
When – 7 p.m.
Where – Eastlink Centre
Top scorers –
Charlottetown – Jack Nevins (4G , 10A in 11GP), Daniel Sprong (6G, 6A in 11GP) and Kameron Kielly (3G, 7A in 11 GP). Val-d’Or – Anthony Mantha (16G, 12A in 9GP), Louick Marcotte (5G, 13A in 11GP), Randy Gazzola (2G, 15A in 11GP).