The spotlight is on Peter Delmas this year. After sharing netminding duties for the Lewiston MAINEiacs the past two seasons, the No. 1 spot is his for the taking. While his main focus is on Lewiston and his third season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Delmas is taking time this week to participate in Colorado’s 2008 Rookie Camp.
Following Sunday’s scrimmage, Delmas took some time to sit down with ColoradoAvalanche.com and talk about his expectations for the upcoming season.You’ve split time with Jonathan Bernier the past two seasons in Lewiston. With Bernier now playing in the American Hockey League, do you feel as if the MAINEiacs are your team to lead?
Absolutely. It’s my time to shine and be the starter this year. I’m going to be playing a lot of games and I’m looking forward to it. It should be a really fun year with a few more expectations, but like I said, I’m looking forward to it. It’s a good opportunity for me.What lessons have you learned during your first two seasons with Lewiston?
I’ve learned a lot of things over time. Working with ‘Bernie’ you can learn so much because he’s a really good goalie. I just want to improve on my game a little each day moving forward and get ready for the season. Everything has kind of led up to this year. You spoke about getting ready for the season, but actually your team has already started their schedule. Is it a strange feeling at all, knowing your team is opening your season while you’re here?
A little bit. I was expecting that though and knew it was going to happen. It is a little strange not being there with the team, but at the same time, you’re here trying to prove yourself to the organization. It’s a different experience for sure.Do you feel more confident and better prepared heading into this season than in seasons past?
Yes, I would say so. Each year you get a little bit older, a little bit wiser and a little bit stronger. All of those things come into play and give you more confidence.What have you been up to since we last saw you at Development Camp?
Just training mostly. Working out, going on the ice and getting prepared for the season.
Were you able to take a break from hockey at any point this summer? You’ve been really busy with camps and the NHL Draft.
Not really. You get a little bit of a break at the end of the season, but when the summer comes around you’re pretty much training the whole time to get yourself prepared. What are your goals for the upcoming season?
I want to be the No. 1 goalie in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and have a really strong season. I want to have a .910 save percentage and little things like that. I want to win a lot of games and eventually win another President’s Cup with Lewiston. But I’m basically just looking forward to the season.