Joé Juneau's record: the fault of Adam Oates

Joé Juneau’s record: the fault of Adam Oates

We won’t hide it, there are parts of the season when it’s boring, he adds. Hon. Blasphemy some would say.

Between his long days as a coach and his visits to Aboriginal communities, the former hockey player from Pont-Rouge lacks time.

As the playoffs approach, he concedes, interest is growing. Example: following the Canadiens last summer, it was the fun.

So much the better, but if we give him a call, it’s not so much to measure the relevance of a Coyotes-Sharks classic of March 30, it’s simply because his name has been mentioned several times in recent years. days in the various reports on the Panthers and even, also, on the Canadian.

Tuesday evening, against CH precisely, Jonathan Huberdeau, 26 years his junior (and obviously that of his worries), equaled the record for assists in a season by a left winger in the NHL held since 1993 by Juneau himself.

Jonathan Huberdeau has 70 assists this season

Photo: Getty Images/Sean M. Haffey

Huberdeau currently totals 70, like his compatriot, and has 16 games to overtake him. A formality that could be settled on Thursday when the Panthers will receive the visit of the Chicago Blackhawks and Jonathan Toews, which will be the 1000th game in the league elsewhere.

The name of Juneau raised eyebrows more than one. First because he played in the center almost all his life to the point where RDS did not even include him in its table on the record in question during the broadcast of the last match. Then, because good left wingers, there have been a few since. And even before.

I was wondering after all these years how this record still stoodloose Juneau.

After completing his teaching sessions (on ice) in Saint-Marc-des-Carrières, a small town located on the North Shore in the Capitale-Nationale region where Chantal Petitclerc was born, Juneau rectified the facts.

Granted, he’s played center all his life, except twice. Three in fact. In his senior year in Midget AAA, and in Boston and Washington, when Adam Oates asked him to play with him on the same line.

It started when Juneau landed with an Olympic silver halo in Boston after the Albertville Games in 1992. The 24-year-old young Joé, top scorer in the Olympic tournament, fell in Oates’ eye.

At one point, Adam Oates wanted to have a game maker with him. He had spoken to Rick Bowness about it, who agreed. Oates had come to see me and told me that he had spoken with the coach to try me left. He wanted to see if I was interested. It is certain that for a young player, you offer him to play with a guy of the caliber of Adam Oates, already recognized as one of the best playmakers in the league…It started like thatexplains the former number 90 of the Habs.

And it started pretty well. Nineteen points in 14 games to conclude the 1991-92 campaign. The fruitful partnership would continue the following year, even though Bowness left Boston for Ottawa.

In 1992-1993, Cam Neely was injured and a certain Dmitri Kvartalnov replaced him on the right wing with Oates and Juneau. Kvartalnov would only play 112 NHL games, but 73 that year in which he scored 30 goals.

If Cam had been there, probably it would have been even better… without taking anything away from the players I played withargues Juneau.

Nevertheless, in the company of Russian Kvartalnov, Oates and Juneau had the season of their lives, the first scoring 142 points, including 45 goals, and the second, 102 points.

It’s the fun when you watch this. You must have done good things so that Adam Oates’ best season wasn’t with Brett Hull, but with Joé Juneau. »

A quote from Joe Juneau

Juneau amassed 66 assists the following season, during which he was traded to the Washington Capitals, and missed 10 games due to a triple jaw fracture. He will never breathe at this altitude again.

Huberdeau, for his part, had as main partners Anthony Duclair and Sam Bennett this season. Good players, but no Auston Matthews in the lot either.

Today, although surprised that this unknown record has lasted for almost three decades, Juneau says to himself very happy for Huberdeau.

I know how difficult it can be to be successful in the best league in the world. As long as I’m the new record holder, I hope it lasts as long and even longer than mehe says, good player.

If ever the record is broken again soon, just text him to let him know.

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