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Alexandria’s Kieran Craig night at the Atlantic proves popular

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.

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Fans of Kieran Craig take in the QMJHL action on television, at Alexandria’s Atlantic Pub. (Sean Bray photo)

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.

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Fans of Kieran Craig to gather Thursday at Atlantic Pub for live game watch

Alexandria’s Kieran Craig, a forward with the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL, will be celebrated at a gathering Thursday, January 23, at the Atlantic Hotel Pub, as fans get together to watch the 18-year-old and his teammates take on the Halifax Mooseheads.

Kieran Craig
Kieran Craig

The brainchild of Le Droit sports reporter JF Plante, the evening came about as part of an online poll which asked Eastern Ontario fans in which community they would like to see an evening held to watch a game live on big-screen televisions.

Alexandria won handily.

On the season, Craig has played in 44 games, notching 13 goals and 15 assists, to go along with 43 penalty minutes. He’s had 95 shots on goal and is a -3 on a team that is eighth in the Western Conference, with a record of 16-25-3.

When the Olympiques last played the Mooseheads, on January 19, Gatineau prevailed 8-3. The team then began its Atlantic swing, which opened with a 10-6 loss to the Saint John Sea Dogs on Wednesday night.

Halifax is ninth in the Eastern Conference, sporting a record of 17-23-2-1.

The January 23 gathering in Alexandria will begin at 6 p.m.

Craig says, of his season to date, “Things are good.” When asked about the event organized in his honour, he adds, “I found the event was cool that they would like to watch the game in the town that I grew up with people I know! It’s pretty cool!”

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