After four stops in minor league cities, Cloverdale’s Laurent Brossoit finally made the one he wanted.
The goaltender was called up to the National Hockey League (NHL) by the Edmonton Oilers on Monday afternoon on an emergency basis after Viktor Fasth was injured in practice.
Brossoit was on the bench for Tuesday night’s game in Edmonton against the visiting San Jose Sharks, backing up starting netminder Ben Scrivens in a 5-2 loss.
It was the first time he had dressed for an NHL game, and did so after two stops in the American Hockey League (AHL) and two more in the ECHL in his first season as a professional.
“A hectic year. I’d never been traded before…if you’d ask me to define how this year would go, I definitely wouldn’t have thought I’d be on five different teams,” Brossoit told the Edmonton Journal. “Five different jerseys, three different leagues.”
Brossoit had been playing for the Oilers’ ECHL affiliate Bakersfield Condors, where he was putting together a very impressive rookie season. As the starter, he compiled a 19-9-2 (won-loss-overtime loss) record with a 2.20 goals against average, a .920 save percentage and a league-best seven shutouts.
His goals against average ranks second in the ECHL, and he has been named the CCM/ECHL Goalie of the Week three times this season.
Brossoit, 21, was drafted in the sixth round, 164th overall, by the Calgary Flames in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft while he was with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western (Junior) Hockey League (WHL).
He turned pro over the summer, playing for the Flames prospects at the Young Stars competition in Penticton in September. He was sent to Calgary’s AHL affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat, to start the season but after two starts was sent to the Alaska Aces of the ECHL.
The Oilers, owners of the WHL Oil Kings, acquired Brossoit in November and the netminder was on the move again. He played eight games for the Oklahoma City Barons of the AHL, before starting a four-month stint in Bakersfield.