Condotta, the newcomer to the rocket, hopes to use power, intelligence as the NHL ticket

“He’s a very strong man,” Umass-Lowell coach Norm Bazin said of Laval’s striker. I can not say enough good things about him.

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Being one of the best students in the business class may not necessarily be Lucas Candota’s success on the ice, but at least if professional hockey fails, he has a good choice.

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“I saw that the kids had no education at (young reference) and were basically just relying on hockey,” Condotta told the Bell Police on Tuesday after attending his first exercise – an optional exercise – with a Laval missile. “It’s good for me to progress and finish my education, to come and play and come back if everything does not work out.”

At the age of 24, it is difficult to predict Kandota’s future after the 6 6-foot-2 and 9 209-year-old striker signed a one-year deal with the Canadians for the 2022-2023 season last Thursday. He then signed a professional probationary contract and reported to the AHL Canadiens branch when Rocket returned from a four-game road trip.

Kondota, of Georgetown, Internet, spent his college years at UMass-Lowell University on March 24, when the River Hawks lost 3-2 to Denver in the NCAA Open bracket. Candota scored a goal in the loss. He scored 10 goals and 13 assists in 33 games as an adult. He scored 24 goals in four seasons of Eastern Hockey and scored 52 points in 121 games.

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Condotta, an attacking player who likes to finish his checks and make things difficult for his opponent, was named captain of the River Hawks as a senior player and a student at the Manning School of Business, three terms less than his degree. , Will be completed online. In the last three years, he has been introduced to the All-East Hockey Academic Team.

“I guess you have the ability to listen and understand things better, but that does not make you a better player,” Kondota said of his academic success. “I think it was very good that I came early and was with the kids. Getting used to the system and the coaches is very important.

“You can learn things from practice, but I also like to play. Every opportunity you have to play hockey is why you are here. This is what you want to do. Everyone wants to play. “Whatever happens, I do my best and try to play. But if I do not, I’m here to learn, to freeze a little and get to know each other.”

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Soft skating with its size. He praised the coaches during his conference. Long Island University coach Brett Riley called him a dominant force, while River Hawks coach Norm Normin expressed more interest in his praise.

“He is one of the most underrated players in the league,” Bazin told Lowell Sun. He is an incredibly powerful man. I can not say enough good things about him. He progresses every year here. “He is the one who catches your eye.”

Rocket coach Jean-François Holl is unlikely to want to throw Condotta at the wolves on Wednesday. (7:30 p.m., RDS) When Laval entertains Rochester, it may not be long before this rookie makes his professional debut.

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“I want to see him practice a few times,” Hull said. He may play (Wednesday). I am not sure. I probably want him to practice a little with the team, get used to our system. Surely he will see some time to play in the next 10-12 games.

I do not know much about him yet. To me, he is a big kid, he has a big hand and he looks strong. I saw some draws. He can play in the center or winger. Getting an NHL contract from college is a good thing and a great opportunity for him. We will try to put him in areas where he can help us and where he can succeed.

While Condotta said joining his new club at the end of the season would not be a problem, Hull said there was definitely a lack of chemistry and it would take time to determine where and with whom to put the best player. Kondota will probably play in the fourth line, he said.

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“It’s hard when you get into chemistry,” Hull said. “If he can help the team, we will definitely bring him in. How do we decide he is ready? Watch the practice and see where he can fit in. Where should I play him and with whom is it a little harder? Is.

He is a big kid. “I’m sure he can really help in the physical part of the game.”

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