: News Article:
Alain Berger (french)
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07-19-2011, 10:49 AM
Poked the bear!!!!!
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Montreal, QC
-Dallas, Phoenix and others were interested, felt he had the best chance in Montreal
-The article notes that Montreal doesn't usually sign young players "out of the blue" so Berger says it's an encouraging sign they were interested in him
-Said he didn't get to see much of the city at the rookie camp, but the organization was very professional. Complimented the training facilities. Everyone was very accomodating.
-Had a good talk with Martin who seemed to know a bit about him.
-Said he's not putting pressure on himself and wants to take it slow, with his ultimate goal being the NHL. Says he'll be patient and wait for his chance by playing in the AHL but also knows what he's capable of. Says in North America you have to show lots of self-confidence and not be timid like some Europeans can be, because someone else could grab your spot.
-Said his foot injury (which might have contributed to him getting passed over in the draft) is in the past and he's almost happy to have not been drafted because he got to be a free agent.
-Says he thought for a long time about staying in Bern but wanted to make the NHL, not to mention being in Bern was hurting his development because he wasn't playing much. If he could have, he would have come over to NA sooner.
-Said his billet family was great and he quickly became a leader of the team (Oshawa), which helped his development. Calls himself a power forward who brings energy (the article compares his style to Peter Forsberg). Says his weakness is his skating and he knows he needs to get faster.
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