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Report: Devils prospect Matteau leaves his junior team

Apr 22, 2013, 1:11 AM EDT

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This has been a strange season for New Jersey Devils 2012 first-round pick Stefan Matteau, but this weekend might have presented his oddest moment.

Matteau left his junior hockey team Blainville-Boisbriand Armada during the QMJHL playoffs, according to RDS’ Stephane Leroux.

Nate Sager of Yahoo’s Buzzing the Net sets the scene:

New Jersey Devils first-round pick Stefan Matteau’s turbulent season, which has included being suspended by the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada for rough play, missing out on Team USA’s world junior championship triumph and making his NHL debut at age 18, has taken a rather volatile twist. Details are slowly being filled in, but Stéphane Leroux (@StephRDSJunior) of Réseau des sports (RDS) is reporting that Matteau has quit the Armada, who are down 2-0 in to Baie-Comeau in a QMJHL semifinal series. It’s understandable that a 19-year-old could have trouble working through frustration, but he has created a spectacle.

Sager passes along reports that Matteau, 19, reacted to a third period benching on Saturday by not even riding in the team’s bus. That could make for an uncomfortable situation since his father (and former NHL player) Stéphane Matteau is one of the team’s assistant coaches.

Sounds like a mess, huh? The QMJHL team is expected to hold a press conference regarding this story at 9:30 a.m. ET, so perhaps we’ll receive some clarification regarding what has (or hasn’t) happened.

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  1. packerswin96 - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:48 AM

    Glad he isn’t a prospect on my team! #quitter

    • esracerx46 - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      Why does everyone use a hashtag for everything? This isn’t twitter!

  2. brotherlove2012 - Apr 22, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    Wow, imagine if this kid has any kind of success in he future, he will be totally uncoachable. If I were a player on that team he wouldn’t even enter the locker room if he ever wanted to come back. I would encourage everyone to kick him out and try to rally around this.

  3. hockeywithdrawal - Apr 22, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Sounds like a brat…or could be that he’s just a kid. It’s so easy to forget these guys are still maturing as people – doesn’t mean they are going to be horrible locker room guys, it just means that this is an area in need of development. If all fairness, these types of things do tend to speed up the maturation process…

    …or, it could be horrible. It’s a toss up, really.

  4. Rich Stein - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Think about how difficult it must be to play as a 19-year-old with NHL experience in juniors being coached by your dad and having to ride the bench in the playoffs. I would want to get out of there as well. He should have gone to college like he planned and not played in Juniors for his father.

    • esracerx46 - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      I work for my dad. I can relate to how difficult it is always being around your father who is constantly riding you to be better. That said, this doesn’t appear to be an isolated incident. If it was just this, I’d give him a pass.

  5. lost840 - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    I can hear the coach on the bus now…. “Has anyone seen Stefan?….Matteau?! Matteau?! Matteau?!”

  6. massconn72 - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    This is just crazy. How many young boys and young would give everything to be in his situation, and he acts like some spoiled baby and walks off of the team? Devils should get rid of him while they can.

  7. elvispocomo - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Aren’t the Devils glad they chose to keep their pick last year and forfeit this years instead?

  8. 950003cups - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    That boy can play. Whatever he did, you can rest assure it wont happen in the NHL for a while, if ever. I think he felt he shouldn’t have ever went back to the Q and handled it wrong.

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