Big hunting for lions in defense

The Trois-Rivieres lions dealt a blow on Wednesday by signing a deal with Quebec defender Alex Breton, who was named the ECHL defender with distinction two years ago.

In addition to this, linebacker Francis Thibault and striker Koner Chulk also signed an agreement with the Montreal Canadiens affiliated club.

Britton will return to North America after spending two seasons in Slovakia. The former Olympique Gatineau starred for Allen American in 2019-20, scoring 11 goals and 55 points in 61 appearances before crossing the Atlantic.

This is important for General Manager Marc-Andre Bergeron, who did not hide his happiness in a statement sent to the media.

“Alex Breton is a Quebec defender we have wanted to see develop with us for two years now. He will undoubtedly be a defensive leader for next season,” the former National League defender said.

For Thibeault, it will be a comeback, having played six games for the Lions in 2021-22, scoring a goal and an assist. The athlete from Val d’Amore, New Brunswick, is 23 years old.

“Tybault did well with us last year by implementing good checks, as well as effectively supporting our attack. These two signings will greatly enhance our defensive brigade,” added Bergeron.

For his part, Schulke played at the university level with Regina, and then in the UK League, with Coventry Blaise, in 2021-2022. Bergeron sees him as a complete central player capable of winning an important match.

These names have been added to the names of Nicolas LaRiver, Cedric Montaigne, William LeBlanc and Jonathan Joanette, who have all agreed to contracts in recent days.

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“We are very proud of these three acquisitions and the direction the organization is taking as we approach the start of the season,” Bergeron concluded.

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