Washington Capitals prospect Hendrix Lapierre has recorded four assists in his first four games since returning to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in the QMJHL. Lapierre was interviewed by Moncton Wildcats media during the first intermission of his last game on November 19th. He spoke about his time in Washington, his first goal in the NHL, getting tips from Alex Ovechkin, the state of his overall game and his current perspective on things.
Lapierre said he feels great and is looking forward to the QMJHL season ahead, but admitted there was an adjustment period after returning from the NHL.
“Yeah, it’s definitely different, I didn’t think it was gonna be that drastic, that major. At the same time, the preparation wasn’t the same, too. After a week of practices, I really feel better, I feel like I got back in that rhythm,” said Lapierre.
LaPierre also reflected on his time in Washington.
“It was awesome, just being around those guys on a daily basis. I worked my ass off, really hard in the summer and at the start of camp, and I really wanted to be a part of that team to start the season,” said Lapierre. “Obviously I would have liked to stay longer, I think that’s all our goals, as hockey players, but super happy to be back here, and get minutes, but it was an awesome experience, whether it was on the ice or off the ice in Washington, I really enjoyed it, met really great guys, and looking forward to being back there in the future.”
You can see the entire interview below.
Video courtesy of CHL TV/Moncton Wildcats/QMJHL
Next up on Lapierre’s hockey Radar is training camp for Team Canada’s junior team in advance of the World Junior Championship which begins the last week of December. LaPierre was cut from the team last year, but it’s very likely he makes this year’s team.
By Jon Sorensen