Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Tommies add defenseman Marc-Andre Levesque

Marc-Andre Levesque
Courtesy QMJHL
The St. Thomas Tommies have added another piece to the rebuilding puzzle in the form of 6'2" defenseman Marc-Andre Levesque.  For the past two seasons Levesque has been playing for the PEI Rocket of the QMJHL and also played one year for the Rimouski Oceanic in 2009-10.

He is known as a no non-sense stay at home D-man that takes care of his own end of the ice first.  He was kept as an over-ager this past year to bring a veteran presence to a young hockey team.

With the addition of Marc-Andre and Jordan Thomas to the Tommies line-up this fall, Coach Ryan has filled the two vacancies on the blue line left by graduating seniors Andrew Andricopoulos and Bryan Main.

Welcome to St. Thomas!!

A quote from the Jamie Ross and the June 7th edition of the Daily Gleaner; "Ryan said Tommies forward Jon Bonneau was familiar with Levesque and had a helpful hand in recruiting him.

“A guy like Jon Bonneau, if he, after one year, can speak highly of the program and the city, and how he’s been treated here, and he’s telling a guy who trusts him, that goes a long way. It goes further than if I were trying to oversell it to him.”

Ryan said Levesque is serious about getting an education, and felt the small campus at St. Thomas would suit his interests and somewhat shy personality.

He expects Levesque to have an immediate impact on the Tommies’ back end, saying he will assume a top-four role right away.

He also lauded the 20-year-old’s attitude, saying his lack of ego made him all the more appealing.

“There’s no baggage with him,” Ryan said. “He’s a good person and a good player. He wants to be at school. He’s not sitting around, waiting for a pro team to scoop him up.

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