Bussieres moves on from missed chance
BOISBRIAND, Quebec -- Raphael Bussieres seems like your typical junior hockey star as he answers a reporter's questions outside the visitors dressing room at the Centre d'Excellence Sports Rousseau, two hours before his Baie-Comeau club meets the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.
It's clear he's already media trained; after all, as a projected first-round selection in June's NHL Draft, he's been asked the same things over and over this season at each Quebec Major Junior Hockey League stop.
But when the conversation turns to last month's Subway Super Series, which pit the QMJHL all-stars against Russia's national junior squad, the clichés disappear and the fire in his eyes becomes apparent. Bussieres was forced to withdraw with a minor injury that occurred on the eve of the two-game set.
"I was pissed," Bussieres said. "Two days before."
Missing the event ended whatever chance the 6-foot-1, 180-pound left wing from Longueuil, just across the St. Lawrence river from downtown Montreal, had of making Team Canada for this month's World Junior Championship.
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