ALBANY, NY — For the first time since heading to Sweden to represent the United States at the World Junior Championship, Stefan Matteau returned to practice with the Albany Devils Monday at Times Union Center. The Devils winger appeared in five WJC games, registering three goals, an assist and a +4 rating.
“It was a good experience and nice to see all my old teammates,” Matteau said. “Personally, I think I had a good, strong tournament and so did our team. It was a real fun experience. We just came up short.”
Matteau returned state side Friday and participated in Saturday’s game at Adirondack. He admits he is still adjusting to the time change.
“Six hours ahead over there,” he said. “They say it takes about a day for every hour there is a change. I’m getting used to it. I’m still in the middle of it, but I’m feeling better.”
Before his departure, Matteau had 10 points in his last 10 games. For the year, he has 13 points with six goals and seven assists in 26 AHL games.
“Even though he’s young, he’s a big man,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “With his speed, his skill and when he adds physical element, he is tough to play against. I thought he was continually getting better at that week after week.”
Albany will play four games in six days this week, starting Tuesday with a 7 pm outing against Springfield. The Devils than travel Friday to face the Falcons at 7 pm. Albany hosts Manchester Saturday at Times Union Center at 5 pm and then welcomes Hershey Sunday at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall at 4 pm.
Riley Boychuk, Artem Demkov, Mike Hoeffel, Stefan Matteau, Chris McKelvie, Rod Pelley, Harri Pesonen, Tim Sestito, Mattias Tedenby, Scott Timmins, Joe Whitney, David Wohlberg, Darcy Zajac, Kelly Zajac