Eastern Conference Preview: Laval Rocket
The Cleveland Monsters will also add the Laval Rocket to the list of new conference opponents this season. Laval, led by first-year Head Coach Joel Bouchard, are coming off a 24-42-7-3 inaugural campaign that resulted in a seventh place finish in the Eastern Conference’s North Division.
The Rocket will stop at The Q four times throughout the 2018-19 season, while the Monsters make four visits of their own to Place Bell in Laval, Quebec. Laval is the furthest the Monsters will travel during the 2018-19 regular season, with Place Bell and Quicken Loans Arena separated by 582 miles. It’s a trip the Monsters will welcome though, as the furthest trip for the Monsters last season was San Diego’s Valley View Casino Center, more than 2,000 miles away.
Although currently a restricted free agent, former Monsters left wing Kerby Rychel was acquired by Laval mid-way through last season after a stint with the Toronto Maple Leafs. In the 2017-18 season Rychel played 16 games for the Rocket, tallying eight goals and four assists to go along with eight penalty minutes.