The Atlantic Pub in Alexandria was packed Thursday night, as supporters of hometown boy Kieran Craig gathered for a special evening to watch his Gatineau Olympiques play the Halifax Mooseheads.
Organized by JF Plante, sports reporter for Le Droit, the gathering included family members and friends of Craig, an 18-year-old forward in his second season playing in the QMJHL.
Fans cheered each time the Olympiques scored (three times in all), but sadly, in the end, the Mooseheads prevailed, winning 4-3 in overtime. Craig didn’t pick up a point in his team’s loss and was a -1.
For Gatineau, it was the team’s second straight loss on their Atlantic Canada swing, coming off a 10-6 defeat by the Saint John Sea Dogs on Wednesday night. The Olympiques are scheduled to conclude their road trip on January 25 in Cape Breton, before heading home to host Drummondville on January 31.
One lucky attendee at the Thursday night event won an official Kieran Craig Gatineau Olympiques jersey. Representatives of team ownership were on hand, along with Plante.
Craig’s dad, Kevin, was thrilled with the turnout. He says he gets to see his son play live at least once a week, travelling to take in games in Gatineau and nearby road trip destinations.
For more on Craig’s season to date, please see this earlier post.
L’organisation aimerait saluer nos partisans qui se sont rassemblés à Alexandria dans le patelin de Kieran Craig afin d’écouter le match! #GoOlGo— Olympiques Gatineau (@LesOlympiques) January 23, 2020