Posted by rmcclub on September 26th, 2010
Former Paladin Toiling in the Professional Hockey Elite League in France
Paul Bradley is playing hockey in Strasbourg, France for the L’ Etoile Noire this season. Former Ex cadets who served in Baden and or Lahr will be very familiar with Strasbourg as it was just a short driving distance away from both bases. Rolande and I crossed the border there many times over our four years in Baden – 1961-65.
The 2009 RMC Tommy Smart Cup winner competes in the elite league called the Magnus Ligue; there are about 45 Canadians in the league, mostly from Quebec.
There are strict import rules in France like all other European leagues. The hockey, although a little different from the traditional North American hockey in terms of its physicality and system play, is very good. It is in many ways a step up from the CIS, especially the top two lines of each team.
Paul is on the first line with Jan Cibula, a Slovak a decade older than him; and a French Canadian slightly older than by the name of David Cayer. So far, the trio are playing quite well together and hopefully it will continue to get better. The regular season is similar to that of the CIS, however there are cup tournaments throughout the season as well as a longer pre-season.
The Calgary native has been there since early August. The team will likely play between 50-60 games this year and will finish up in March. When asked about the training and practises, he replied. “The training here is much more intense given that it is our job, although I want to dedicate myself to learn the language as well.” He also spoke about the local conditions. “As for Strasbourg, it is a beautiful city in the Alsace region of France, rich in history. I have a very large and clean apartment that I share with a great Finnish guy.”
He spoke about his decision to play professional in Europe. “All in all, I am quite happy with my decision to come here and I feel it only benefits my career, my life experiences and it complements my style of play on the ice.”
Paul played four years for the RMC Paladins racking up an impressive total of 55 goals and added 72 assists for a total of 127 points. For his final year of CIS eligibility he went off to Wilfrid Laurier University and added 20 more goals and 22 assists for a total of 169 OUA points. The ever soft spoken Bradley added. “Europe was my goal, and I don’t know how long I will be here but I will take it one season at a time and enjoy doing what I love everyday.”
He concluded our chat with memories of the Limestone City. “I regularly check up on my boys back in Kingston and I wish them the very best this season.”
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