Deyon House’s devotion and resilience
The inspiring story of Deyon House started when he moved away from home at eleven years old to chase his hockey dream.
Par Justine Arnold
Before he had even hit puberty, the Gatineau Flames’ new forward knew that hockey would take him far, but where did it take him for the first time? To Waskaganish. A ten-hour drive separated him from his hometown native community in James Bay.
“At the beginning, my dad didn’t want me to leave obviously, I was just a kid. After weeks of convincing, my willpower still couldn’t cut it. He finally changed his mind when the Bears reach out to him. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into, though”, says Deyon.
Since grade six of elementary, he lives with billet families that’ve help him push his limits.
“My goal has always been to get as far as possible in hockey. If I needed to make another sacrifice, I’d do it still.”
During his minor playing career, he integrated many teams across the province: Val d’Or Junior Foreurs (Peewee AA), Malartic Filon (Bantam AAA), Rouyn-Noranda Citadelles (Bantam AAA) and Amos Forestiers (Midget AAA).
Deyon has suffered the loss of two important people in his life; his mom at the age of one and his best friend at the age of 14 in 2018. Despite the impact of these aching moments on his hockey development, he still found the strength to move forward and double the ardor of his trainings.
“The year 2018 was really tough too. I had lost all motivation to play. I didn’t know how to move forward from this.”
During his season with the Citadelles in 2019, he injured his right shoulder two times. In total, his recovery took just over two months of complete stop.
“I was frustrated. I just wanted to put my skates on and defend my team.”
After two seasons with the Forestiers, he then received the call from the Flames’ scout.
“I was hunting geese when the Head Coach Jean-François Lavergne called me to congratulate me on my draft. Actually, I had no idea it was Draft Day for the 17 years old players”, he says, laughing.
He now lives in a billet family with Ryanlee Wadden, an 19 years old forward for the Flames.
Last month, he saw his mom in an animated picture for the first time.
“To see our resemblances and our smile really touched me. I had already seen he on pictures but on a video… that was different. Soon, I’ll rummage through our archives to find a snippet of her voice.”
His grandma took over the maternal figure in his life. They are very close and maintain a great relationship ‘til this day.
If he doesn’t reach the professional level in hockey, Deyon wants to learn more about automobile mechanics. His dad initiated him to this field during his upbringing.
« My dad is definitely my biggest source of inspiration. He’s my role model. He taught me everything I know, even skating.”
The Flames’ rookie couldn’t be more grateful for the support of his entourage and friends while evolving to the man he is today.