Peter Delmas may be on his way out of Moose Country, but he sounds as healthy and confident as he’s ever been.
The 20-year-old Bedford native, once one of the country’s rising goaltending stars, had off-season hip surgery to repair a torn labrum that derailed his past two QMJHL seasons.
Delmas, who recovered in about a month after his June 28 operation, said his hip “feels 10 times better than it was before.”
“I feel so much better — I don’t have to worry about it anymore,” Delmas said.
“It’s another thing off my back. Last year, I struggled with it, always fighting against it, always worrying about it and always having to be cautious.”
Delmas, originally drafted 61st overall by the Colorado Avalanche in 2008, played through the injury despite not being at his best.
It ultimately cost him a shot at an NHL contract this past June, when the Avs notified him they had relinquished his rights.
“It was disappointing and I was kind of down about it,” Delmas admitted.
Things turned around when Delmas received an invitation to the Montreal Canadiens’ rookie camp Sept. 13-16 in Brossard, Que.
It’s not just a second chance, it’s a perfect fit for a kid who grew up with posters of former Habs stopper Jose Theodore on his basement wall.
“Montreal was my team growing up and my whole family’s team, so it’s awesome,” Delmas said.
“I’m really excited.”
If Delmas ends up back in junior this season, the Mooseheads will need to trade him because they are already set in goal with 19-year-old veteran Mathieu Corbeil and 17-year-old rookie Anthony Terenzio.
But he has already been dealt twice in his Q career and just wants a chance to show he’s still a top prospect.
“I’m healthy and I’m ready to go,” he said.