Ambrì-Piotta is doing a great job and is back being a club with a precise identity. That is, focus on young talents with desire to emerge. In this regard, Josselin Dufey is the perfect example of the fact that the Leventinesi went back to their old days spirit.
Let’s get to know more about this young gun that can seriously improve under Luca Cereda in Ticino.
Date of Birth: May 7th, 2002
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Josselin Dufey was born on May 7th, 2002, in Forel and played youth hockey in Lausanne, where he played until the U17-Elit level and where he played with other guys who are making a name for themselves in the world of hockey. Just like Théo Rochette who is considered one of the best talents of his generation. In the Canton of Vaud, Josselin was coached – among others – by the former player of Hockey Club lugano Fabian Guignard.
Josselin proved to have some real character during the summer of 2017 when, at the age of 15, he crossed the ocean. Starting from the 2017-18 season and until the end of the last one in fact, Josselin Dufey played in one of the best Midget leagues in North America – the SMAAAHL – with the jersey of the Notre Dame Hounds. With the Hounds jersey, he collected 133 appearances and tallied 106 points, including 50 goals. Moreover, with the team he also won back to back the SMAAAHL regional championship.
To note that during the years spent overseas he also represented Switzerland at the U16, U17 and U18 level, and played with our national team the 2020 Hlinka Gretzky Cup too.
We mean, we’re talking about a potential precious gem. A precious gem chosen by Ambrì-Piotta, ready to take the next step for his career.
Paolo Duca – the SD of Ambrì-Piotta – said that Josselin Dufey is a power forward, physically strong. A forward with a great shot and with a good offensive instinct.
In order, to get to know more about him we wanted to hear the opinion from someone who’s been following him from close in recent times… therefore, who better than his former coach at the Notre Dame Devan Praught?
Let’s see what he can tell us about the player.
For 3 seasons Josselin has epitomized what it has meant to be a Hound. From depth forward, to a team leader. From our first conversation in the fall of 2017 I knew Josselin was home as a Hound. Impressed by his play early in camp I asked him how many goals he would score that season and in his broken english he replied, for me it is not personal stats, I want to do whatever I can to help the team win.
And win he did.
Josselin graduates with all-time Win loss, regular season, and playoff record of 127-34-9 as a Hound. Including back to back Provincial Championships, a Western TELUS and a 2018 National Championship.
Josselin serves as a leader on campus in Fred Hill Dormitory as a house leader, also 1 season as an assistant captain and this past the team Captain. Dufey finishes with 55 goals 64 Assists 119 pts. Most recently he was awarded the prestigious Dalton Dwyer Award (awarded to the top high school hockey player at the College who leads on and off the ice and is recognized for embodying the ideals of mind-body-spirit).
Taking the next step to Pro Hockey Josselin will want to continue developing his offensive skills, making plays in high traffic areas, and seeing the ice. Work ethic is never in question, Dufey is a hard-working honest hockey player and has left his mark here at Notre Dame.
He is working in the right direction to find place in the National League. He is young and has time to continue his development. He has the drive.
Thank you very much, Devan.
The words of his former coach Devan Praught will sound appealing to the fans of Ambrì-Piotta. On paper, and based on what his former coach told us, Ambrì seems to be the perfect place for Josselin Dufey, where he can improve furthermore his game.
He’s got time to grow and we think that the Ticino Rockets can also benefit him before that he will make it to the first team of Ambrì-Piotta. We’re pretty sure in fact, that sooner or later he will make it to the first team. Not for nothing, Paolo Duca signed him for 3-seasons plus option for another season… we mean, this seems like a great investment for the club. An investment that may even pay off earlier than expected. After all, when a guy is talented, and has the drive… things look good.
* Several former world class players wore the Notre Dame Hounds’ jersey in the past. We’re talking about Rod Brind’Amour – who also played few games with Kloten during the 2004-05 lockout – and Vincent Lecavalier.
* Another player, perhaps more known at our latitudes, who wore the Notre Dame Hounds jersey was Brett McLean. The latter former player of Bern – where he also won a Swiss title – and Lugano in our National League.
* Josselin Dufey is not the only Swiss guy who played for the Notre Dame Hounds. In the past, also the Neuenschwander brothers – Anthony and Joël, who both already made their National League debut with Ambrì-Piotta – were Hounds. Moreover, also Nicolas Leonelli – approximately 40 National League appearances with Genève Servette – Billy Hunziker and Nicolas Wyssen spent some time in Notre Dame.