For the past five seasons Mika Cyr has called the Hub City home.
From his time in the Maritime Hockey League with the Dieppe Commandoes to starring with the Moncton Wildcats for the past four seasons, the Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska product has always done it the right way.
The 2019-2020 QMJHL season will be bittersweet to say the least for the high scoring overage center.
“I want to enjoy every moment,” confessed Cyr.
“It’s my last ride.”
“Every year went by so fast and I know this one will go by faster than I think. I just want to take it all in,” admitted Cyr.
Cyr is coming off a career year with the Cats one that saw the diminutive speedster put up amazing numbers while finally staying healthy.
Cyr’s career year was extra special given the adversity he had faced the previous two seasons with season ending injuries and the uncertainty of the Cats rebuild.
“In my head I wanted to stay here the entire time,” Cyr said.
“I’m very lucky to still be here, it’s a great organization and it’s an honour to play for what I consider my hometown team.”
“There’s been some bumps on the road and stuff, but I’m thankful to still be here after all that.”
“Moncton is my second home, it’s crazy to think that’s it going to be my last year with the Wildcats.”
Cyr has the ability to carry a team and dictate the pace of a game.
He’s a gamebreaker! There’s no other way to put it.
The 20-year-old is electrifying when he has the puck on his stick.
The speedy gifted center creates time and space and is arguably one of the fastest skaters in the league.
Being a small skilled player that has the puck on their stick a lot can be a challenging proposition,
Cyr certainly hasn’t changed his style of play over the course of his time in the Q, and has never shied away from the dirty areas of the ice except for the start of last year.
“I was being a little more cautious, and it was in my head, especially at the start of the year because of all the injuries,” confessed Cyr.
“That all went away and I just started to have more fun being myself out there,” Cyr added.
“Last year was best year, injury free and the team had that if big upset against Baie-Comeau.”
“I think I had a good playoffs as well, but for this season my expectations are just to be consistent and keep all that going and hopefully I can have a better season than I had last year.”
“You never know there may be some pro options after that, if not I have to look into a “Plan B”, but it’s still early, but I’m looking forward to this season and I’m going to work my ass off all year.”
A Big Loss On and Off the Ice
It’s undeniable that the Moncton Wildcats and Mika Cyr will miss the presence of sniper Jeremy McKenna both on and off the ice.
Cyr’s connection with “The Summerside Sniper” transcends the game.
So does seeing a long time teammate and friend sign a pro contract provide extra motivation in being so close to your dream?
“Of course, Jer is a great hockey player, I’ve never seen a guy work as hard as Jer,” Cyr said of his former liney.
“Jer has the work ethic for that and I think that’s why he’s already at the next level.”
“I know how hard I have to work and I did that all summer, but I’m happy for Jeremy that he’s going to play pro this year, he deserves it.”
“Obviously, it’s a little disappointing that he’s gone,” Cyr said of losing a McKenna to the AHL.
“I’ve played with him since I was seventeen, he’s a great friend, but sometimes we have to move on.
I wish him the best of luck and I’m sure he wishes me the same thing back here.”
Earning His Way and A New Opportunity
Mika Cyr’s first NHL experience with the Arizona Coyotes was one that he will never forget.
Coming off a season ending collarbone injury Cyr was thrilled to get the call.
“It was huge for confidence booster for me getting the call from Arizona.
I think my great year started with Dev. Camp,” confessed the soft-spoken center.
“I just want to keep that going, obviously I had a great Dev. Camp in Philadelphia and I’m very excited to go back there in September.”
“All the guys were great to me there and hopefully when I go back I can the invite to the main camp and we will see what happens.”
For His Family
Mika Cyr wants his final season in the QMJHL with the Moncton Wildcats to be a memorable one.
The journey to the Q has been a rollercoaster ride for the proud New Brunswicker. Through it all Cyr could always count on the unwavering support of his family.
“They have been huge,” Cyr said.
“I had a rough patch with all the injuries and they were there all the time for me.”
“They never doubted me and always believed in me. I’m just so thankful for that, because every member of my family have been there for me the entire time and I know they will be there again this year.”
“I just want to have the best year yet, I know they are going to be there with me, I’m really looking forward to the season.”