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April 26, 2018 | Hockey (M)

Charlie Roy and Brendan Hamelin with coach Marc-André Elément.

Top junior AAA talent joins Stingers men’s hockey team

Head coach Marc-André Elément is pleased to announce Brendan Hamelin and Charlie Roy from the Terrebonne Cobras of the Quebec Junior AAA Hockey League have committed to the Concordia Stingers men’s hockey program.

Hamelin, a six-foot-one right wing from St. Lin, Que., was named the league MVP after winning the regular season scoring race with 36 goals and 86 assists for 122 points in 48 games. His plus-minus was +57. He also earns respect for his defensive play and his strong wrist shot.

“We’re going to need some offence this season and he’s a guy that’s going to create some opportunities,” said Elément. “He’s a good playmaker and a good scorer.”

Before joining the Cobras, the 20-year-old played 156 games over four seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He collected 29 goals and 34 assists in his career with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada and the Chicoutimi Saguenéens.

“A lot of people told me that Concordia is a good school with a good business program,” said Hamelin. “I know the hockey program is very good too.”

Roy, a stay-at-home defenceman from Boisbriand, Que., also comes with an impressive hockey résumé. He played parts of five seasons in the QMJHL, mostly with Armada. He scored five goals and added 24 assists for 29 points in 193 games. With Terrebonne last season, he suited up in 26 games, collecting three goals and 26 assists for 29 points.

The five-foot-nine, 180-pound shutdown defenceman draws comparisons to Francis Bouillon, the former Montreal Canadiens star. Typically, Roy is used when the opposition’s biggest offensive threat is on the ice.

“Charlie is a defensive defenceman,” Elément said. “He plays the game hard. He’s good in the one-one battles. He blocks shots. He’s a really solid player.”

Like Hamelin, Roy did his homework when it came to choosing a university.

“I know a lot of the players at Concordia and they told me it was a good program and fun,” he said. “When Marc-André Elément called, it was a done deal. I knew Concordia was the best option for me.”

Roy is looking to pursue studies in Communications, while Hamelin is interested in studying Finance.