Rafaël Harvey-Pinard's parents keep their feet on the ground

Rafaël Harvey-Pinard's parents keep their feet on the ground


A young man from Jonquière is becoming one of the best stories of the season at the Montreal Canadiens. Rafaël Harvey-Pinard is doing well, and his performances have caused a lot of reaction. 

“RHP” scored two goals on Tuesday night, and has five in seven games since its recall. His two goals in the third period tied the game each time, but the Habs nevertheless lost 5-4 to the Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre.

“We shouted, we shouted. cried with joy … We are so happy for him,” Marc Pinard told TVA Nouvelles on Wednesday morning at his home in Jonquière.

“We receive lots of messages, by text message and by Messenger, during the matches, so much so that yesterday [Tuesday], we could not even listen to TV, related the father of the young man. People are happy for Rafael.”

The Canadiens won't play their next game until February 11. It will allow the entire Harvey-Pinard family to recover from their emotions.

“I am very happy to be on break, laughed Johanne Harvey. This morning I was like “Well, we don't have a game tonight!” I find it so stressful!”


Theoretically, the team could have returned Harvey-Pinard to Laval during this break. She chose to keep it, which does not mean either that her position with the big club is secure.

“There, at the moment, things are going well, observed Rafael's mother. But in hockey, nothing is ever taken for granted and we know that Rafael will have to work throughout his career.”

“We expected him to be demoted after the match against Ottawa, resumed Marc Pinard. We even talked about it with him, to ask him how he saw it. He replied that if he had to go back to Laval, he would do what needed to be done…”

“It's what I find most beautiful in my son, added the mother. Every time Rafael encounters an obstacle, he works twice as hard, not just in hockey. It was also like that at school.”

A pizza in his name?

Rafaël is sometimes a subject of conversation among customers of the pizzeria Davis, which belongs to his father and his brother, but there is no question of using the notoriety of the hockey player to boost the restaurant.

“We are not the ones on the ice,” explained Johanne Harvey. It belongs to him and I don't think it would be fair to use his name for the restaurant.”

In the meantime, Harvey-Pinard is living the dream he cherished from a very young age.

“When he was four or five years old, he told his grandmother that he would miss me the day he played for the Canadiens…”, revealed Johanne Harvey.


“He plays for the Canadiens…but he doesn't seem bored!” concluded Marc Pinard.