One word comes to mind when Mathieu Fournier recalls his playing days in the QMJHL.
Discipline. That is, the personal strength and structure required to ensure future success. It is something Fournier, a native of Saint-Fabien, Que., lived by over his three seasons with the Rimouski Oceanic, Moncton Wildcats, and Shawinigan Cataractes from 2000 to 2003, and continues to demonstrate today as part of Quebec-based law firm Cain Lamarre.
The well-educated Fournier, who specializes in labor and employment law, earned his degree from Laval University, though he still points to his time in the QMJHL as one of his biggest teaching moments.
“I think my junior years prepared me for my future career,” Fournier told Junior Hockey Magazine as part of its CHL Leaders segment. “You have to be more mature more quickly than usual teenagers. I think it is pretty much the same for all young athletes. You have to be prepared to face real life. It is a kind of ‘school of life’. We had to do a lot, so I think the key word is discipline.”
When he thinks back to his junior days, Fournier recalls the friendships he made with teammates, coaches, and billets, and how nowadays he has been able to accomplish the same in the professional world.
“I am a partner at one of the biggest law firms in Quebec,” Fournier detailed. “We have over 250 professionals covering every aspect of business law. We have a team spirit and it is important for me to create the same family spirit in my workplace as I had in hockey. I love it, I love my team, my new colleagues, who are also my friends. It is very important to me and I know with them we can aspire to the ‘Cup’ every year, as they say.”
Listen to Mathieu Fournier’s full interview with Junior Hockey Magazine here.