Tristan Vauclair (35) sips a Swedish beer on the terrace of his brother Geoffrey’s home in the Jura. The news has just been made official: he will become the new head of the junior movement of HC Delémont-Vallée, where he will notably wear the caps of physical trainer for the next generation and that of coach of the under-17s (novices) .
“This is a great opportunity because it is something I think is really right for me,” says Tristan Vauclair. I have taken personal trainer training as well as Youth and Sport courses in recent years without really knowing where it would take me. This proposal was timely. In recent years, I have often given advice to younger people on how to train. I felt that they were listening to me, and for my part it is something that I very much liked to do. “
Trained at HC Ajoie, the now ex-attacker of FR Gottéron, Lugano and GE Servette can thus turn the page and hang up the skates at the highest level after more than 700 matches and 15 seasons in the elite in the National League. “He could certainly have played one or two more seasons National League without this coronavirus crisis, ”says his brother Julien, who retired for his part last March in the jersey of HC Lugano.
Crisis upsets plans
“At the end of the season, I wanted to continue playing,” confirms Tristan. I was on the verge of resigning a contract with Friborg when this crisis turned all plans upside down. Overnight, I was told that I would have to wait before knowing whether I would get a contract or not with FR Gottéron. I was not ready to wait until the end of August to be fixed. There were far too many uncertainties. I was very disappointed not to be able to continue with FR Gottéron, but I fully understand the exceptional situation in which most of the clubs find themselves today. From a family point of view, going back to the Jura, where I grew up, is also a good thing. My son has leukemia and I hope to be able to spend more time with him now. ”
If his priority will be to invest all his energy for the next generation, Tristan Vauclair does not rule out replaying in the first league with HC Delémont, trained by former HC striker Ajoie Michaël Chételat. “If I have time left and the urge is there, why. But replaying is not my priority, “admits Tristan Vauclair.
Over 700 matches
After Geoffrey Vauclair, who retired in 2014, then Julien at the start of the year after 20 years in the jersey of HC Lugano, Tristan therefore becomes the third hockey player in the family to end his career at the highest level. “I was the first to hang up and I always told my brothers that there is a life after hockey, philosopher Geoffrey Vauclair, 43. In Delémont, Tristan will be able to transmit all the knowledge he has accumulated during his great career. I take my hat off to him. He made his way on his own and had a lot of obstacles to overcome. ”
For Julien Vauclair (40), his brother Tristan is the one who has had the most merit. “He was often in the shadow of Geoffrey and myself and he had to whip a lot more than us to get there. He had an incredible career, ”said the double Swiss champion with Lugano in 1999 (with Geoffrey) and 2006.
The only regret now that the Vauclair dynasty has bowed out at the highest level, the three brothers from Courtemaîche have never had the opportunity to play together in the same club.
Created: 19.05.2020, 5:59 p.m.