One of the favourite teams to fight for the title of the EHL Ranking Cup 2022 is the Waterloo Ducks from Belgium. Today we talk to their captain and Olympic champion with Belgium, Gauthier Boccard.

Hello Gauthier, thank you for taking your time for this interview. First of all, I want to ask you about your team, Waterloo Ducks. How is your season going so far? In what shape is your team going to be when the EHL Ranking Cup begins?”

The Belgian league is very exciting this year. Everyone is very close to each other so it means that we have important games every weekend. For the moment we are in a good position to play the top 4 at the end. I think we are growing during this second round so we will be in our best shape to start this EHL Cup campaign.

Speaking about the EHL Ranking Cup, it is obvious that all the teams would like to be playing at the main EHL. How do you and your team value this tournament?  What goals do you guys have for this tournament?

It is weird to see only one Belgian club qualified for the EHL. We will play the EHL cup like we would have played the EHL. Our goal is to win every game and prepare ourselves as good as we can for the end of our season.

Your first opponent is Grange HC from Scotland. With you experience in these types of tournaments what things are important to play well in the first game?”

It is difficult to try something tactically against a team that we don’t know. So it is very important to be directly at your best. Have the right spirit to win the game as a team and going to the next round.

 Now, we change the subject and we talk about you. When did you start playing hockey? Who introduce you to this sport?”

I was 4 years old when I’ve started to play hockey at Royal Orée. My father and my grand father played hockey. Same as the most hockey players, it is a family story.

About your hockey career, you have achieved many titles with your club and the national team. Based on your experience, what advice would you give to the kids to understand how difficult is to become a top player?”

It is important to have dreams and give yourself the chance to realize them. The key is to understand that it takes time and that you have to enjoy the game. Enjoy playing with your friends at training and games, enjoy playing in your garden,…

To finish we ask you 4 quick questions:

When you were a kid your favorite player was... TEUN DE NOOIJER

Two games that you will never forget... BELGIAN FINAL IN 2012/ OLYMPIC FINAL 2021

If you score a goal at the EHL Ranking Cup you will dedicate to… MY TEAM

One Tv Series you recommend… FORMULA 1