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April 27, 2018 | Hockey (M)

Defenceman Bradley Lalonde visits head coach Marc-André Elément.

West Island hockey star returns home with Stingers

After five seasons playing in various Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) cities, defenceman Bradley Lalonde is ready to return to Montreal and bring his exciting brand of hockey to the Concordia Stingers in 2018.

“I came to meet the coaches with my family over the Christmas holidays,” said the native of Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Que. “They told me a lot about Concordia. I had a good feeling about the hockey program. I know some of the guys on the team. It will be fun.

“I’m really looking forward to being home. It’s going to be great to be close to my family and friends and play in front of them again.”

Lalonde came through the Lakeshore minor hockey program before heading to the QMJHL and the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles at just 16 years old. He spent two seasons with the Nova Scotia club before being traded to the Victoriaville Tigers where he spent another two years. He wrapped up his career with the Baie Comeau Drakkar in 2017-18. In 287 junior games, he scored 45 goals and 121 assists for 166 points.

“Bradley is an offensive defenceman with a big shot,” said Stingers head coach Marc-André Elément. “With his shot, you will see him on the power play for sure. He’s going to help create more offence. We’re excited to have him join our team.”

The six-foot-one, 205-pound recruit has an impressive skill set that will please Stinger fans next season.

“My biggest asset is my shot,” Lalonde said. “I have a powerful slap shot. I’ve put a lot of time into it over the years. When I was young, everyone would come home after school and play video games. I would go outside and rip shots for hours.

“I’m also effective on breakouts and I’m fast and mobile.”

Lalonde, 20, will join the Stingers at training camp in August.