Zaore played five seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, including four years with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and one with the Victoriaville Tigres. Zaore was a teammate of Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury in 2002-03 with Cape Breton.
“Before this year, I played a half season at forward during my 17-year-old season in major junior,” Zaore said. “It was a similar situation where we had some missing forwards. Coach just put me in there and I did pretty good.”
It takes time to adjust, though.
“The biggest thing is when you receive a pass or the puck and you look for the option (as a forward),” Zaore said. “Now I’ve got a centerman going down the middle or a winger on the boards. The option is the biggest thing. It’s a lot of preparation and visualization before games. I see myself doing it. I watch the other guys and see what the forwards are doing during the games and practices so that when I’m on the ice it becomes a reflex to do it.”
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Moving up, for now: The Bridgeport Sound Tigers summoned Chiefs’ leading goal-scorer Jean Desrochers for at least two AHL games this weekend.
Herbers said Desrochers might return in time for Johnstown’s Sunday home game against Trenton because Bridgeport plays on Friday and Saturday.
“Bridgeport is short a couple guys and they need a center,” said Desrochers, a fourth-year Chiefs center and former ECHL all-star. “I should be back Sunday. I’m excited for the opportunity even though I know it’s only for a couple games. I’ll try to do my best and take advantage of the opportunity.”
Desrochers previously played 16 AHL games for Springfield last season and three games with Bridgeport in 2004-05.