-- Josee Blondin-Huberdeau was all smiles as she watched the parade of reporters lining up to speak to her son,
, after the Saint John Sea Dogs had just earned a 3-1 victory against the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors in the Memorial Cup final on Sunday.
"Playing in the NHL is something he's always dreamed of since he was a little boy … I think everyone has thought of that. But he knows that even if he gets there, he has to work even harder to reach that. He's not finished when he arrives there."
-- Josee Blondin-Huberdeau
Blondin-Huberdeau stood approximately 30 feet from her son during a festive on-ice celebration. The 17-year-old sniper with the sick set of hands was holding court after it was just announced he had won the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy winner as Memorial Cup MVP.
Huberdeau, who finished with 3 goals and 6 points in Saint John's four games, including an overtime winner last Monday against Owen Sound, certainly proved why he was rated No. 3 among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting in April. He's a surefire first-round draft choice on June 24 when the opening round of the NHL Entry Draft will be staged at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.
By earning the MVP award, in fact, Huberdeau became the sixth forward in 12 years to be named MVP of his league playoffs and the Memorial Cup, joining