Matt and Cory Marquardt last played hockey organized together in summer in-line hockey in North Bay a few years ago but until today the North Bay brothers had never played ice hockey together on the same team.
That changed this week as the 18-year-old was signed as a free agent by the Baie-Comeau Drakkar and will join his brother Matt on the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team this weekend.
"Well,it all happend so quick," said Cory.
"A couple phone calls were made then next thing you know I was leaving Friday morning to Baie-Comeau. It's exciting,very exciting. I mean, it's a big step but one I'm willing to take. I'll also have a chance to play with my big brother and i'm sure he can teach me some things along the way."
Matt Marquardt, 20, is just getting used to his new surroundings after being traded to Baie-Comeau during the holiday season from the Moncton Wildcats where he played for the past 2 ½ seasons.
The older Marquardt has 27 goals and 16 assists in 43 games this season and the overage forward was drafted in the 7th round by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
The younger Marquardt was playing his first full season of junior “A” hockey this year with the Temiscaming Royals where he registered 8 goals and 14 assists in 29 games with the new GMHL franchise.
Royals head coach and general manager Steve McCharles says Marquardt is deserving of the promotion.
“If Cory pays attention to detail it will allow him to be successful there,” stated McCharles who had Marquardt playing on the club’s top line alongside Tim Revell and Chris Hebert.
Cory’s dad Paul Marquardt – an assistant coach with the Royals – says it’s great to see his two son’s unite in Baie-Comeau.
“I’m happy for him because he’s worked hard and we have to give thanks to this league and its level of competition,” admitted Paul about his youngest son who, in the past two seasons, was cut by both the North Bay Trappers and the Algonquin Barons.
McCharles says the Marquardt call-up is an indication of the Royals program which lost its captain Michael Sauvageau to the Val’Dor Foreurs in the fall.
“We are committed to doing for kids what others cannot do for them with other hockey organizations in the area,” said McCharles.
The Marquardt brothers are expected to suit up together on Saturday as the Drakkar host the Gatineau Olympiques.
Cory Marquardt photo courtesy the Temiscaming Royals