Hockey player Kevin Lalande: biography, sports career and personal life
Kevin Lalande, whose biography, sports career and personal life is described in this article, is a well-known Belarusian hockey player of Canadian origin. Goalkeeper known for his performances for the clubs of the AHL, as well as for “Vityaz”, CSKA and Minsk “Dynamo”.
Kevin Lalande (photo of the athlete can be seen in the article) was born in February 1987 in the small Canadian town of Kingston. The boy grew up in a family of hockey fans: all of his relatives were rooting for the Montreal Canadiens NHL club. It is not surprising that Kevin chose this sport for himself.
Even at a very young age, the parents gave the boy to the hockey section. Children's coaches almost immediately noted his excellent reaction and insisted that Kevin Lalande choose for himself the role of the goalkeeper.
First steps in professional hockey
In 2003, a 16-year-old Canadian hockey player made his debut in the Ontario Hockey League for the Belleville Bulls team. In that championship, he went on the ice three times, played 133 minutes, during which he missed 15 goals.
The following season, Kevin Lalande got a lot more playing time. He played in 32 matches, conceding 87 pucks. Then the young goalkeeper for the first time for himself defended the game to "0".
The next two years, Kevin became for the “Belleville Bulls” an indispensable guardian of the gate. Gradually gaining gaming experience and skill, the hockey player began to attract the attention of more eminent clubs.
Bad experience in the AHL
In 2005, in the NHL draft, Kevin Lalande was selected by the Calgary Flames team. In 2007, he moved to this club. However, in the NHL Lalanda could not play. He was sent to the farm club - the team "Kuod-City Flames", serving in the AHL.
Unfortunately, here too the young goalkeeper was unable to gain a foothold. In 7 fights he held, he missed 20 goals. Such indicators did not allow Lalande to remain in the team, so he was sent to the club Las Vegas Wranglers, serving in the East Coast Hockey League.
Here the young goalkeeper spent a year and a half until he joined the AHL Syracuse Crunch club. In the first season, Kevin Lalande played in 15 fights and missed 15 goals.In the championship 2009/10, he became the main goalkeeper of the club. But Lalande’s performance was far from ideal - 146 goals conceded in 56 matches.
Performances in the KHL
In 2010, Kevin decided to try his hand at one of the most prestigious tournaments in Europe - the Continental Hockey League. He signed a contract with Chekhov's Vityaz.
In the 2010/11 season, Kevin Lalande played in 45 matches and missed 117 goals, and in two games he kept his goal “dry”. Despite the confidence of the management of the Russian club, the goalkeeper left Vityaz at the end of the championship.
The next draw of the KHL Kevin started in the Minsk “Dynamo”. The leadership and fans of the Belarusian team warmly greeted Laland, and he tried his best to justify their trust.
In the first season in the “white-blue” Kevin showed a very good result - 80 missed goals in 36 games of the KHL. However, the following year, Lalande lost his place at the base and only 8 times went on the ice.
After spending another relatively good season in Minsk “Dynamo”, the goalkeeper moved to CSKA Moscow. As part of the “army” Kevin Lalande showed a very good result, conceding only 17 goals in 23 matches played.According to the results of the season, he, along with CSKA, became the champion of the regular KHL raffle, but the most eminent Russian club could not win other titles. In this regard, the leadership of the Moscow team decided not to renew the contract with Lalande.
In 2016, Kevin returned to the Minsk “Dynamo”, which became his hometown. Here he spent another season, at the end of which the contract of the hockey player with the Belarusian club was broken by mutual agreement.
Career in the national team
One of Kevin Lalande's most secret desires was to participate in games at the World Championships. But, unfortunately, his game he could not deserve a call to the Canadian team. And this did not stop the hockey player: in 2012 he took the Belarusian citizenship.
As part of the national team of his new country, Kevin Lalande was not particularly hard to win the competition for a place in the first team. And in 2014, his childhood dream finally came true: the hockey player went to the World Cup. By the way, thanks in large part to the magnificent game of Kevin Lalande, the Belarus national team performed very well at that world championship.
In total, the national team Kevin Lalande played in 12 matches.
During the performances for “Dynamo” the only significant drawback for the hockey player was a large distance between him and his parents. From time to time they came to him in Minsk and even attended games with the participation of their son, rejoicing in success and greatly grieving over his mistakes or unsuccessful games.
For a long time, the newly-formed Belarusian hockey player was considered an enviable bridegroom. However, in 2016, when Kevin Lalande and his girlfriend April Castagne attended the wedding of friends together, their relationship became known. Together, the couple brings up two children April from her first marriage.