TVA Sports and La Poche Bleue are pleased to announce the list of key contributors to the daily news “La Poche Bleue le midi” hosted by Stéphane Gonzalez.
Beginning September 12, Stéphane can count on a star team when surrounded by eight former players or coaches who have collectively played more than 4,700 games in the NHL.
Guillaume Latendresse, Maxim Lapierre, Simon Gagné, Steve Bégin, Louis Robitaille, Joël Bouchard, Michel Therrien and Mathieu Perreault will therefore regularly participate in discussions and analyzes this season, as will Raphaël Doucet and Justine St-Martin, who will also become collaborators at the emission.
Other staffers will also be added to the discussions, according to sports news.
“La Poche Bleue le midi” is broadcast simultaneously on weekdays at 12 noon on TVA Sports and on the YouTube page “La Poche Bleue”. Expect discussions, analysis, entertainment and lots of fun.
Gonzo has been prominent in Montreal media for more than 20 years, notably on Musique Plus, Salut Bonjour, TVA Sports and 91.9 Sports. His multisport knowledge impresses more than one. He can talk to you about ice hockey, football or baseball, among other things. He joins the La Poche Bleue team by becoming the presenter of La Poche Bleue at noon, but also of Snack, THE football podcast to listen to.
Guillaume, co-founder of La Poche Bleue, played seven seasons in the National League with the Canadiens, the Wild and the Senators. He was only 19 when he started at CH in the 2006-2007 season. Retired in 2014, he has quickly made a name for himself on television and has been one of the analysts for La Soirée du Samedi at TVA Sports since last year. Guillaume speaks no language and delivers his analyzes with heart… and humor!
Max has played over 900 professional games, including 614 in the NHL with the Canadiens, Ducks, Canucks, Blues and Penguins. Notably, he helped the Canadian reach the Eastern Finals in 2010 and participated in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals with the Canucks. He also played in Sweden, Switzerland and Germany before founding La Poche Bleue in 2020, big mouth on the ice, he still has it on the mic. Max delivers his analyzes authentically and doesn’t play around with the puck.
A 2002 Olympics and 2004 World Cup winner with Canada, Simon had a long 822-game career in the NHL with the Flyers, the Lightning, the Kings and the Bruins. In 2012, he helped Los Angeles win the Stanley Cup! A two-time 40-goal scorer, he is now one of Patrick Roy’s assistant coaches at the Quebec Remparts, where he enjoyed a glittering junior career. On Gonzo’s mic, he’ll be able to share his always above-average sense of hockey.
Fans loved him on the ice, they’ll love him on the mic just as much. Steve is a guy of integrity who can heartily share his hockey knowledge just like he did when he was a player. A 524-game NHL veteran, he can also provide a coaching perspective, having served as an assistant in the QMJHL at Val-d’Or and Drummondville. The former number 22 quickly becomes one of the favorites.
Mathieu, the Canadians’ flag-bearer last season, has accumulated more than 700 National League games with the Capitals, the Ducks, the Jets and the CH. Four times he had more than 40 points in a season, including three with the Jets. Mathieu has always been known for his versatility. He can assist on both the first and fourth lines, in addition to his excellent sense of the game. He recently retired from hockey and will have his first media experience.
Louis, former assistant coach of the Drummondville Voltigeurs and Val-d’Or Foreurs and former head coach of the Victoriaville Tigres, is entering his third season as GM and head coach of the Gatineau Olympiques in the QMJHL. The youngest gold medalist for Team Canada at the World Junior Championships, he had a long playing career, reaching the NHL with the Washington Capitals and playing more than 400 American League games.
A former defenseman in the NHL and American League, Joël Bouchard also has 12 years of experience behind a hockey bench. Joël was the head coach of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada for four seasons. He led his team to the finals of the Circuit Courteau in two consecutive seasons. He then made the leap to the American League with the Laval Rocket, which he led for three seasons. As an outstanding popularizer, Joël will be able to explain and contribute his vision of hockey.
Michel Therrien has nearly 30 years of behind-the-bench experience, including 12 as a head coach in the NHL. He managed the Montreal Canadiens for eight seasons, from 2000 to 2003, then from 2012 to 2017. He also managed the Pittsburgh Penguins, with whom he reached the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals. Amateurs know Michel as an experienced trainer, but they will quickly discover his humor and expertise.
Raphaël, former Editor-in-Chief of Hockey Le Magazine, has spent the last five years at 91.9 Sports, first as an analyst on Laval Rocket games, then as a field reporter, producer, host and also analyst on CF Montreal games. . In short, he touched everything! He joined La Poche Bleue as Editor-in-Chief of Lapochebleue.com and Contributor to La Poche Bleue Midi. He loves hockey, but also soccer, football and basketball, among others.
Justine St Martin
Justine has worked in sports media for 10 years. Although she cannot skate, she is a big fan of hockey and sports in general. Justine is a TVA Sports presenter covering Trois-Rivières Lions, Quebec Remparts, RSEQ and NHL University Football in addition to her work on Sortez, Golfez. In short, she touches everything. Justine will be the news editor for Laval Rocket and the Trois-Rivières Lions.
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