Montreal Impact youngster Karl Ouimette has revealed that he decided to choose soccer over hockey as a junior.
The 20-year old defender joined the Impact senior squad from the clubs youth academy in June last year and is delighted to have made the switch to the world game after impressing during his early ice hockey days.
“I had to decide, but soccer was my passion,” he told the Montreal Gazette.
“I loved hockey as well, but I had to choose with the schedules and everything.
“I was a forward in hockey, but when I was young I was a striker as well in soccer.”
And Ouimette said he was not feeling any pressure as a trailblazer for young Quebec kids who may choose soccer over the national sport of hockey.
“If I can be taken as an example and show young Quebec players that soccer is a thing you can succeed in, it’s good,” he added. “I don’t really think about (pressure).
“For me, nothing’s achieved (yet), so there’s no pressure.”