PRESS RELEASE – The Trois-Rivieres Aigles, the newest member of the Can-Am League, introduced former major-leaguer Pierre-Luc “Pete” Laforest as the club’s field manager at a press conference held at the Salon des Jeux de Trois-Rivieres on Wednesday. The team also used the opportunity to release its logos and branding.
A native of Gatineau, Quebec, Laforest spent parts of four seasons in the big leagues with Tampa Bay, San Diego and Philadelphia between 2003 and 2007. He also starred for the Can-Am League’s Quebec Capitales from 2009 to 2012, winning the league’s MVP award in 2009, serving as the team’s hitting coach in 2011 and 2012, and helping the team to four consecutive championships.
Originally a 16th-round draft pick by Montreal in the 1995 draft out of Fort Scott (Kansas) Community College, Laforest played 17 seasons professionally, also spending time in the Mexican and Atlantic Leagues.
The club’s logos were designed by Trois-Rivieres-based design agency Agence Absolu. The designs, which include the team’s principal mark as well as secondary logos and wordmarks, incorporate the red and black colors traditionally used by baseball teams in Trois-Rivieres.