Alan Nasreddin’s son can play in the QMJHL

Alain Nasreddine left Quebec nearly 25 years ago, but that doesn’t mean he’s forgotten his roots. The Dallas Stars assistant coach requested that his son, Alec, be eligible for the next QMJHL draft, even though he does not live in the area served by the circuit.

The application was approved about two weeks ago. Alec Nasreddin, forward, plays this season with the Hounds program in Notre Dame, Saskatchewan. However, this is his first season in Canada, after spending most of his minor hockey career in New Jersey, where his father served as an assistant coach with the Devils from 2015 through last season.

Many options

Naturally, the choice to continue one’s journey in the United States, in an American college or in the USHL, the junior league of our southern neighbors, remains open to the Nasreddines.

“We wanted to add him a major Canadian freshman option. With our mailing address, he would have been eligible for the OHL draft.” [OHL]. As a Quebec player, I’d have wanted to do it in the QMJHL if he decided to play junior. “My man is old enough to make his own decisions, but he was very comfortable with that,” said Nasreddin, who was contacted Tuesday night at his residence in Texas.

For Quebec, who spent four seasons in the QMJHL, from 1991 to 1995, with the Voltigeurs de Drummondville, then with the Saguenéens de Chicoutimi, it was important to make sure his son got through Quebec if he decided to go the Canadian Hockey League route.

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“I’ve been through the path of the QMJHL, I’m a Quebecer and my family is still there. This is very important to me. This league has given me so much and helped me get to where I am.”

Not Crosby

Nasruddin is also keen to specify this: “My man, it’s not a special talent. He’s not going to be the next Sidney Crosby. But he’s a good little player and we want him to have several options.”

Another option presents itself to him: the US National Development Program. Alec Nasreddin passed the first stage and is still in the selection process for this formation.

Moreover, Alain Nasreddin’s other son, Loic, is also developing with the Notre Dame Hounds. He is a year younger than Alec.

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