The Grande Prairie Storm have made a splash, signing 20-year-old goalie Charles-Olivier Levesque.
He comes over from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Rimouski Oceanic.
“The first priority [this summer] was getting a top-end goalie and we’ve had just great reports on Levesque, so we just wanted to go after him,” said Dennis Rix, Business Manager for the Storm. “He seems really excited about the opportunity. Coming from Rimouski last year, he should be able to excel in our league.”
“As with any team in junior hockey, or any level, your goalie’s your most important player. The last couple years we’ve had good goaltending at times, but we haven’t been as consistent as we want with losing one or two-goal games. We’re hoping now we can solidify that, and we start working on our defence and up to our forwards after that.”
Rix went on to credit newly hired general manager Mark Bomersback for getting the deal done.
“Kind of going back to the old system that we had going back in the day. I’m sure everyone remembers Grande Prairie had quite a few Quebec Major Junior League players, so Bomersback was able to open up the pathway again. Hopefully Charles will work out for us.”
Levesque appeared in 20 games with the Rimouski Oceanic last season. He’s appeared in a pair of games with the QMJHL’s Chicoutimi Sagueneens as well.
The Storm made their first playoff appearance since 2013 this past season and hope to build on that.