MONTREAL - The third time really was the charm for Joel Teasdale.
After reaching the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) final in each of the previous two seasons with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, the Habs prospect will now be able to wrap up his Junior career with a feeling of accomplishment.
On top of winning his first-ever President Cup, Teasdale also finished his run with by adding the most coveted title in Canadian Junior hockey, the Memorial Cup, to his resume.
"It was the perfect way to finish my Junior career," the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies forward shared with pride.
Teasdale was an important part of that President Cup-winning Huskies team, finishing first in the QMJHL with 14 goals and 34 points in the playoffs. The Lavaltrie native didn't stop there, either, winning the Stafford Smythe trophy as Memorial Cup tournament MVP.
That, of course, was just the cherry on top for the 20-year-old.
"It feels good to be rewarded for your efforts. I worked so hard every year to give myself a chance to win at the end of the season and to finally get recognize, it feels great," explained Teasdale. "I won't hide that I was a bit surprised to be chosen. It was really a team effort, but at the end of the day it's fun to win the award."
The Montreal prospect became the first QMJHL player to win the Stafford Smythe trophy since one Nathan MacKinnon did it in 2013. Teasdale's name is now in excellent company with the likes of Leon Draisaitl and Mitchell Marner.
With the 2018-19 season behind him, Teasdale is already looking to the future, and he knows what is goal is for the upcoming campaign.
"My plan for next year is really to be a part of the Laval Rocket," he declared. "I want to have a big summer of training to help prepare me to reach my goal."
A nod to the Huskies faithful
Teasdale and the Huskies will march through the streets of Rouyn-Noranda on Tuesday afternoon for the traditional champions' parade.
The welcome the fans will reserve for the players will surely be special, just as it was when the Huskies won the President Cup.
"They're the best fans in the league. I found it really impressive when I got here. You walk around town without Huskies gear on and people still recognize you. I shaved my playoff beard today and people are still recognizing me," Teasdale added with a smile. "It's really incredible."
This was the first Memorial Cup win in Huskies history.