October 25, 2022
Selected by Team Canada to participate in the World U-17 Challenge
Gabriel D’Agle is having fun with the Victoriaville Tigres
Author: Jean-Philippe Morin
First win, first shutout, Team Canada selection for World U-17 Challenge; To say that Sorelois Gabriel D’Aigle is off to a great start to the season for Victoriaville Tigres is no exaggeration.
The 15-year-old goaltender, who stands at 6’4″ and weighs 209 pounds, has been turning heads since he was a kid, but more recently with his performances. His confidence in front of the net combined with his excellent performance in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) is eye-catching. In four games as a backup goaltender since the start of the season, the young colossus has three wins, including a shutout, a shutout, a 2.12 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage.
“Everything is going very well so far. We win and start the season well. The lads welcomed me in the dressing room,” commented the main interest player ahead of Sunday 23 October’s loss against Sherbrooke Phoenix. Early in the third period, D’Egle replaced the team’s starting goaltender, Nathan Darvo, but was unable to preserve his team’s lead.
It’s already a certainty that Nathan Darvo should make the majority of the Tigers’ tackles this year at 19 years old. The two youngsters have good chemistry, according to Gabriel D’Egle, who before Darvaux’s injury expected to play 20 to 25 games this season. “We get along very well. We have the team that has conceded the fewest goals so far. We want to continue to give our team a chance to go far,” continues Sorelois.
D’Agle said he felt good in his first win against Baie-Como Drakkar on October 2. “I didn’t put too much pressure on myself. I was a little nervous at the start, but from the first stop I felt comfortable. »
Minnesota Wild goaltender Sorelois Marc-Andre Fleury even texted him before the first game. “He gave me advice, I’m so glad he took the time to write to me. He has experience, I will definitely take any advice he gives me! »
Then in his third game on October 16, D’Egle pitched a 7-0 shutout against the St. John Sea Dogs. “I was even more confident. It was the second time in two games that I faced St. John. When you know that your team will score a lot of goals, it helps psychologically,” he notes.
Tigers head coach Carl Mallett was full of praise for his young goalkeeper after the shutout. “He is not yet 16, but he plays confidently and calmly. I’m really happy for him, he’s had a great start to the season. He made some good saves when the time came. I also liked how he calmly played the puck. He even allowed himself a saucer pas winking at the bench,” he commented with a smile.
With the Canadian team
His excellent performances earned him selection for the World U-17 Hockey Challenge, which will be held from November 3 to 12 in British Columbia. The tournament, which will be held for the first time since 2019, will pit three Canadian teams against the USA, Finland, Sweden and the Czech Republic.
Three Canadian teams were formed, with a total of 66 players selected. Gabriel D’Aigle is part of the Reds team that will face other countries as well as Canada’s Black and White teams. Each of the seven participating teams will play six games in the preliminary round, after which the top four in the standings will advance to the medal round.
“I have no expectations. I hope to be able to get invited again with Canada in other tournaments. Wearing this sweater is a dream. I often watched junior tournaments and imagined myself wearing a Canadian T-shirt,” concludes Gabriel D’Egle.
This competition will be a great showcase for the Sorelois goalkeeper as the matches will be shown at the RDS.