A gifted Quebecer with the Blues

A gifted Quebecer among the Blues

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ST. LOUIS | The gifted in hockey, as in all sports, are in short supply. If this is the case on the ice, it is even more so in the pharmacies of the NHL teams. Elliott Mondou is certainly one of them.

Barely 22 years old, the young man from Shawinigan has occupied the role of video coordinator since the start of the season. for the St. Louis Blues. 

Mondou is such a treasure to the Missouri team that they turned down all Journal interview requests about him.

Even general manager Doug Armstrong , who originally hired him after working with him in the Canadian Olympic program, declined interview requests.

“They practically created this job for him. He supports the coaches. He is the one who analyzes for all the coach's challenges. He scouts ahead. It analyzes the tendencies of the next opponents, of the players. He does a lot in advanced statistics,” describes Martin Mondou, father of Elliott, but also general manager of the Shawinigan Cataractes, where it all began.

A cerebral young man

As is often the case, the young Mondou, then 16 years old, took advantage of a position left vacant to take his first steps in the field. Moreover, it was his predecessor Joël Duguay, who had left to take up a new challenge in Europe, who insisted that Martin give his son a chance.

“We were in the last portion of the season. I found that the timing was not very good to begin with. But Joël told me not to worry,” says Mondou, the father.

A decision he has never regretted. Like what, sometimes, when your nose is too glued to the tree, you don't see the forest.

“Elliott has always been quite cerebral. He was the gifted guy in school who didn't need to study as much as the others to get good grades. Besides, he always understood the game. It was a good mix to become a good video coach, ”he continued.

Back with the Cataractes since the end of the last campaign, Daniel Renaud was behind the bench of the team in Elliott's first three full seasons in his video coaching role.

A Workaholic

“It was special because he was the same age as my younger players. He was in secondary 5 with some of them. But, he was always way ahead of his age group. He's a very mature guy. »

Enough, even, to have himself developed his own software to collect the data.

« Seriously, he could make a lot of money with what he has. mounted. It's so professional. It shows that he is not afraid to put in the hours he needs, ”says the Cataract pilot.

“For a group of coaches, when you can count on someone competent like him, it simplifies the workload enormously. You just have to take the montage and sort through the sequences. It allowed me to put time elsewhere, to spend more time in individual meetings with my players. »

Mondou's reputation quickly spread around the circuit. 

In demand everywhere

Although employed by the Cataractes, he accompanied the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in their conquest of the Memorial Cup in 2018. The Charlottetown Islanders also used his services during their 2021 playoff run.

Then, it was his entry into Hockey Canada where he was called upon to work at the World Under-17 Challenge, the World Junior Championship and the 2022 Olympic Games. he crossed paths with Armstrong who, obviously, was charmed by the young man's talent and work ethic.

“Elliott hadn't applied for any position when the Blues asked him. called. This phone call from Doug Armstrong was unexpected,” says his father.

Mondou will therefore spend the next two seasons with the Blues. Afterwards, who knows if we won't be snapping up his services in the four corners of the NHL. 

The day after his victory against the Blues, the Canadian benefited from a day of leave. Training resumes on Monday, before flying to Minnesota.