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Matteau’s junior team dismissal ‘unfair,’ says father

May 8, 2013, 4:50 PM EDT

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Stephane Matteau saw a lot of things during his lengthy hockey career.

Just nothing like this.

That’s what the former NHLer said on Wednesday in discussing the events that led to his son — Devils prospect Stefan Matteau — being dismissed from his Quebec junior league team after a playoff game on Apr. 20.

“I’ve never seen an organization releasing a guy five minutes after a game,” Matteau told (Stefan was dropped from Blainville-Broisbriand following a rift with the head coach). “It’s very, very, very disappointing.

“I’m very disappointed and I didn’t go back to work the next day. I did not go to work the next day. I did not interfere, but I did not agree with what happened.”

Yes, that’s right — he didn’t go back to work.

Stephane was serving as an assistant coach for Blainville at the time of the incident, making an uncomfortable situation all the more awkward.

It turns out the elder Matteau didn’t return to work at all. He sat out the remainder of the series and stills sounds upset at how his son was treated.

Stephane didn’t just take issue with the immediacy of the decision (noting that Blainville-Broisbriand management kicked Stefan off the team right after an emotional contest).

He’s also upset Stefan was being held to a different standard than other players.

“Personally, what I didn’t like was it coming out in the paper and that they had a big press conference,” he explained. “I’m their co-worker and they came out and they made a big scene. They don’t even do that in the pros.

“To separate a kid from the others like that, I thought it was unfair and still today I’m choked [up] because I don’t agree with what they did.”

  1. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 8, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    When parent and child come together in any sport is never fair period. The parent is a) too lenient b) too hard or there are conflicts of interest.

  2. hockeyflow33 - May 8, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Did the specific reason for his dismissal ever come out?

    • 950003cups - May 8, 2013 at 5:59 PM

      Yes according to the Fire & Ice Blog:

      “They released him on emotion and emotion only,” Stephane Matteau said. “In the semifinals, he got speared and he retaliated – it’s a hockey play – and they decided to sit him out the whole third period of a 1-1 game. Emotionally, he let the coach know it was unfair the way he was treated for that moment and they went at it verbally and they kicked him off (the team) five minutes after the game.”

  3. 950003cups - May 8, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    I was wondering myself how they can have his father there and still make a media spectacle over him. He got benched for a retaliatory penalty, which is not good to do, but it happens. So he has an argument after the game, which is normal, and gets dismissed 5 minutes later?

    If the team was so hell bent on “discipline” then please explain to me this video which occurred when Matteau was already home.

  4. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 8, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    there reports he was released from his junior team because he took the fan bus after a game.,

    • gospitfires - May 8, 2013 at 6:42 PM

      if he was released 5 mins after the game, how could he change, shower and get on the bus that fast?

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 8, 2013 at 6:49 PM

        you’re asking the wrong guy.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 8, 2013 at 7:02 PM

        ok. thumb me down for posting a link. Wow! Tough crowd.

  5. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 8, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    there are reports he was released from his junior team because he took the fan bus after a game.,

    • 950003cups - May 8, 2013 at 7:00 PM

      He took the fan bus home AFTER he was released. Armada gave him a plane ticket to leave the next day and he didn’t want to wait around. So he took the next bus leaving which was the fan bus.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 8, 2013 at 7:05 PM

        thank you for the clarification

    • 950003cups - May 8, 2013 at 7:04 PM

      Here’s a more clear and recent link

  6. DED - May 9, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    I was wondering if there was going to be trouble up the chain of command but then I read this:

    Now, the test for Stefan is to learn from this incident and make sure it doesn’t negatively impact the rest of his career. Stefan called Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello after he was released to tell him what happened and is now getting ready to attend the team’s development camp in July and training camp in September.
    It’s still possible that Stefan could join another junior team, but he would be eligible to play in the AHL next season with Albany if he doesn’t make the NHL roster.

    “I’m hoping that if he doesn’t make the Devils, he’ll go to Albany, but it’s out of my control,” Stephane said. “Only the Devils will decide that.”

    I’m a Ranger fan but I keep an eye on my neighbors. 😉 If the Devils had lost their #1 draft pick from 2012, that would’ve sucked for them. Granted getting drafted in the 1st round isn’t a guarantee of NHL success, but they thought enough of him to select him. Worst case scenario for the Devils: he could be trade bait for a successor to Brodeur.

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