“I would have liked it to have been Guy Lafleur” – Alexandre Daigle

“I would have liked it to have been Guy Lafleur” – Alexandre Daigle
“I would have liked it to have been Guy Lafleur” – Alexandre Daigle

Now an analyst at TVA Sports, Alexandre Daigle opened up in complete transparency about his hockey career on the microphone of Marie-Claude Barrette in the most recent episode of the podcast Open your game.

He notably revealed that starring in the documentary Tea Chosen one on Prime Video, had reconciled him with his sporting career and had given him the impetus to return to the public eye.

“Today when I look at myself, I see a man in a really good mood. “I used to see a guy that no one knew and I thought it was sad for a lot of years,” he said, explaining that negative comments about him had an impact on him when he was playing in the League. National Hockey League (NHL).

“[Ma bonne humeur] it was my greatest quality, but the world ignored it. I stopped playing hockey in 2010 and stayed away from the media because I still had the impression that people had the same image they had of me at 25, 26, 27 years old,” he said. -he says.

“Every time I heard about myself it was always negative. I thought it was a shame. I would have liked it to have been Guy Lafleur or Maurice Richard. But it seems like when people see you as the next Guy Lafleur, Maurice Richard or Mario Lemieux and you’re not, it’s like everything is rotten. And then in your head you start to think it too,” added the hockey player who played nearly 700 games in the NHL.

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Alexandre Daigle during the recording of the “Open your game” podcast.

“Looks like I got a lifeline with the documentary,” added the 1993 first-round draft pick.

Upon entering the NHL, Alexandre Daigle signed a 5-year contract with the Ottawa Senators and was one of the highest paid players in the league at a time when salary caps were not yet in place.

After numerous trades, he then took a 2-year break at the end of the 1999-2000 season, before joining the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2002.

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Alexandre Daigle during the recording of the “Open your game” podcast.

“At that time, we didn’t want to talk about mental well-being, because your career would have been over. There was no openness about it,” he told Marie-Claude Barrette, admitting to having regretted not having consulted a sports psychologist at that time.

He also recalled an episode where he lost all his motivation, at 15, after having reached his goal of scoring 50 goals in a season in midget AAA. “When it happened, it was like all the lights went out and I was no longer able to say to myself, ‘OK, now I’m leaving junior. I want to do this, I want to do that.” The next game I didn’t want to play anymore. On the bench, I was crying,” he said.

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Alexandre Daigle during the recording of the “Open your game” podcast.

Montreal was never an option

Alexandre Daigle often dreamed of playing for the Montreal Canadiens, but in reality, being part of the team was never part of his plans. “I was really looking forward to being 21 to go to bars in the United States. Staying in Montreal was never my goal. The time I was going to have in the National League, I wanted it to be somewhere other than Montreal,” indicated the ex-hockey player from Laval who wanted to discover something else.

“Montreal, after having walked St-Laurent Street a couple of times, you understood that it is a one way and at some point it stops,” he added.

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