FORT LAUDERDALE | We were driving into Las Olas, the trendy street of Fort Lauderdale, we turned left and there was the big house. Southern style. Decorated with fine taste of the owner.
Samuel Brière will come to open. Jonathan Huberdeau has not yet returned from the rink after training.
In the back garden overlooking the canal, Louis-Philippe Dagenais and his brother Alexandre were in the swimming pool with their wives and some beautiful babies.
The presentation is short.
“The rest of us are childhood friends of Jonathan. It’s back to before elementary. He invited us to spend the week ”, explained Samuel.
“Louis-Philippe and Alexandre were part of my childhood happiness at Prévost. I was 3 or 4 years old and my father Alain wanted me to take speed skating lessons. He said it was easy to use later. But my happiness is in the basement of our house, at Domaine Laurentien.Poor mother, we broke the walls, scratched the floor, we played too much.Our father installed two real hockey goals.I, the youngest, I played with my brother Sébastien against Louis-Philippe and Alexandre …
Photo courtesy, Julie Bertrand
The Quebec athlete was visited by friends at a young age with wives and children. From left: Samuel Brière, Ariane Laurin, Jade Pellerin, Alexandre Dagenais, Jonathan Huberdeau with baby Nathan Brière, Louis-Philippe Dagenais and Stacey Diorio.
“We take our hockey seriously. We don’t have a stopwatch, so Josée, my mother, used the clock in the oven of her stove a few times. When it rang after 10 or 12 minutes, she shouted at us that the period was over. Switched we’re on the side, ”Huberdeau said.
The man disappeared from his memory.
“It’s crazy, maybe that’s where I have the most fun playing hockey. It took me, I dreamed, it was unusual …
“Actually, I always have fun. Even now, when you forget all the big business, when the puck hits the ice for the first confrontation, I find myself full of happiness. It was the same junior feeling at 16, in Saint John, New Brunswick. It’s not the destination, the journey makes me happy, ”explained Huberdeau, referring to the Harley-Davidson slogan.
BACK TO CHILDHOOD
Disgruntled people spend years in psychoanalysis trying to recover their childhood. Organize accounts. Jonathan was the other way around. He went back there with pleasure. It was in childhood that he drew on his values as a person. Friendship, respect, help each other. Love.
So when he started, after playing at Madison Square Garden in New York, at the Bell Center in Montreal, Los Angeles or Chicago, after buying his first home in Fort Lauderdale, he went to Prévost, a few miles from Saint. -Sauveur. During the summer.
The Panthers player is having a stellar season, finishing second in NHL scoring with 108 points heading into yesterday’s games.
He parked his car in front of his home when he was a child. He hesitated, then overcame his youthful shyness and knocked on the door.
“I asked the lady if I could visit the basement where I played hockey when I was young. Worse, I saw. My God it was small. With my father’s two big goals, there should be no place left to play. .And yet, that’s where I had the most fun playing hockey.I understood that the game, the friendship, my brother, my mother’s stove oven contributed to my happiness.I realized even more in “I value these values. When I have children, I will be able to pass on what I have received and learned,” he says.
HAPPINESS IN FORT LAUDERDALE
And then, life did well for Huberdeau. He could have been drafted by the Ottawa Senators, Winnipeg Jets or Dallas Stars. This must be the Florida Panthers. And why is it so important?
“Again, my father, the family, one or two of our relatives. Around Dec. 15, my dad was making school arrangements and we were going to Florida in an RV. We didn’t lack anything, but my dad wasn’t rich in his garage of used cars. He bought an RV, we went down to Florida and he sold it back to Prévost. But we’re going here, in Fort Lauderdale. Sometimes, when I walk along the beach, I see places I used to go to, ti-cul. I was 6 or 7 years old, I left carrying my bottle of shampoo and I went to take a bath in the courtyard of a hotel. The RV is parked in the yard of a Walmart, or similar area. They teased my father by saying that Rougons and I looked a bit alike. We laughed, but we were sure we were having a great Christmas in Fort Lauderdale …
“The years have passed and I have the chance to earn a lot of money. Now my parents are going to spend the holidays at home. I’m so happy to give them a little bit of what I received. When we play abroad, they take care of the house and when I come back, we all meet, ”he said.
HAPPINESS IN FORT LAUDERDALE BIS
Exactly, when you put your face and your Huby Duby Doo in a box of sweets with no added sugar, it should specify, in Florida, when you live some ten meters from Las Olas, when every step in Fort Lauderdale is remembering the joy of a family Christmas vacation in VR, what will we do when we end the season in the top five scorer in the National League?
“And he only has one year left on his contract?”
– I don’t want to think too much. Allan Walsh is my agent. No doubt we would like to enter into negotiations to extend my current contract … this includes claiming my autonomy …
A photo of Jonathan Huberdeau can be found in a candy box.
For the first time, Jonathan began to squirm in his chair. His team is preparing for a very tough playoff against league powerhouses like Washington, Tampa and other big clubs in the East. Plus, he loves Fort Lauderdale and Florida. And as he recalls, the crowd at the FLA Live Arena (formerly BB&T Center) at Sunrise continues to grow.
“There’s a lot of sports, and in Florida people are cheering for the winning club. But it’s fun, there’s an atmosphere. It’s not Montreal where everyone knows their hockey, but it’s climbing all the time. If we win a cup, it might look like Tampa, ”Huberdeau said.
He would say no more. But he definitely wants to stay with the Panthers.
Except everyone knows that agents don’t have too much heart when it comes to negotiation.
In the background, dice are loaded. The Panthers will spend $ 10 million per year. Six or seven years. More, if it’s someone else.
Huby Duby Doo superstar!
“I’ve been single for a year and I feel so good about myself. I’m not forcing anything, I’ll know when the woman I’ll meet is right. The one where I want to go further, ”said Jonathan Huberdeau, who is pampering the babies of three friendly couples who lived in his house for a week.
He split a year ago and has since lived his bachelor status as a National Hockey League superstar in relative peace. Not too extravagant. During social networks, it is better to be careful.
But we feel, he is eager to find true love, eager to give back what he received. He learned about loving children, generosity of heart, global education. He tells himself that it will happen at the right time.
ONE DAY COACH
He also really loved the game.
“I know that I have a very good vision of the game. I would like to maybe one day return what I learned. Teach other players what the right game is, the right time, ”he said.
So be a coach? Or an assistant?
It closed quickly. When you’re only 28 and you negotiate a contract worth tens and tens of millions of dollars, you’re not even talking about coaching.
We keep a little embarrassed. But the message still reached.
In the notebook
Jonathan Huberdeau was second in the league scoring behind Connor McDavid’s 110 points in yesterday’s games. He scored 30 goals, added 78 assists for 108 points and posted +38 on the negotiating table.