Former Phoenix captain signs with Laval Rocket

By Michael Boriero
Former Phoenix captain signs with Laval Rocket
(Photo : Kyran Thicke / Concordia Stingers)

Carl Neill made one of the easiest decisions of his hockey career last week, as he fulfilled a lifelong dream, signing a one-year two-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate the Laval Rocket.
The 25-year-old from Boisbriand, Quebec was surprised when he received a phone call from a former agent asking him if he would be interested in joining the Rocket. But it did not take him long to make up his mind. He completed the contract negotiation process on July 1.
“It’s a really exciting time to be part of the organization, so for me I think it’s awesome, anytime you’re anywhere near the Montreal Canadiens it’s definitely an honour and a privilege, so when the opportunity came it didn’t take too long to put the pen to the paper there,” said Neill.
It has been a long, and unconventional path to the professional level in North America for Neill, which started with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) in 2012. He was a towering blue line prospect out of Saint-Eustache in Quebec’s Midget AAA league.

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