Palm Beach, FL. (JULY 23, 2017) Francis Young-Menard, a defenseman who is originally from ST-PAUL D'ABBOTSFORD, Quebec. Signs with the Palm Beach Hawks for the 2017-18 season.
Menard born March 31 in 2000, weighing in at 180lbs and 6’1” will solidify the defense for the Hawks. As a right shooter, he will have an opportunity to show his powerful slapshot during the season. Francis developed his slapshot working closely with former NHL player Gaston Gingras, who was consider during his playing time one the best slapshots in the NHL.
Francis past 4 years were spent playing for the Verbe Divin prep school in Granby QC. For the 2017 season Francis had 14 points in 27 games in the U-18. Last May Francis was a participant at the Meltown Showcase in Pierrefonds and also had the great opportunity of using his skills during the ONE HOCKEY TOURNAMENT.
Coach Frenchy: “We are so happy Francis decides to join us right away and not wait until next year. It’s not easy for a kid at 17 years old leave home and jump into a new adventure and chase his dreams. During the try out in Montreal I got to see the enormous potential he has inside of him. We know he is young, we will be patient with him; but his size, vision of the game and slapshot will give him a chance to play at higher level in the future.
He is extremely coachable, excited to learn more every single day. The Hawks will give him the opportunity for growth and development of his game. He is going to have a great season and we know it’s a long patient progression with Francis, not just for one year. Francis and our coaching staff know he is going to become a great hockey player and we are all ready to help him on this journey”.
Welcome to the Hawks FRANCIS!!!
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