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Back in the 1980s, when skinny leather ties and floppy hair were cool, R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe warbled/mumbled (wumbled?) that "You can't get there from here."

Which, to be honest, has been our long-held view in regards to Rouyn-Noranda, which we've had the pleasure of visiting four or five times on various electoral wagon trains.

Nothing against the place, it's just a little remote for our taste.

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If we were as clever as RDS' Stephane Leroux, the unchallenged authority on all matters QMJHL, we might have looked at a map, made some calculations, and concluded that the Huskies would likely pass through the Montreal region enroute to their next game in Lewiston, Me.

Not having listened attentively to his sign-off, we assumed in our earlier posting that Leroux made the long trek northwest, but it turns out he managed to cajole Patrice Cormier into saying a few words into the camera after a team workout near Montreal (as an eagle-eyed reader pointed out, thank you sir).

You know what they say about assuming, shame on us. Guess that's it for our aura of infallibility.

Anyhow, here are a few excerpts, broadcast last night on Sports 30 with one of those nifty all-caps EXCLUSIVE tags, we pass them on without comment.

You can read into them whatever you like, dear readers - and we have every confidence you will.

"I never had the intention of hurting anyone, but I'm not going to sit here and say I didn't do anything."

"You can clearly see that it was an elbow. But it was a reflex. I was only trying to check him. I never had it in my mind to hit Mikael in the head."

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He also said that he's tried to reach Mikael Tam, his victim on Sunday, several times to wish him well.

"I wanted to know how he's doing. I want him to know that I've been thinking about him a lot."

And in regard to the emotional reaction to his elbow on Tam: "You realize who your real friends are. I've gotten messages from my parents, folks from my hometown, my coach and teammates from Team Canada. The Huskies have also helped me a lot."

Tam, who as you all know, spent the night in hospital on Sunday, and has been recovering at home. By all accounts, he has made a miracle recovery. You'll be hearing from him directly (or via your favourite media filter) later on today.

He speaks in Quebec City at 4 p.m.

We'll be anxious to hear what he has to say.

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National Correspondent

Sean Gordon joined the Globe's Quebec bureau in 2008 and covers the Canadiens, Alouettes and Impact, as well as Quebec's contingent of Olympic athletes. More

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