Raphael Bussieres & the Case of the Old Time Hockey Brawl (VIDEO)


One of the side effects of Minnesota making a bid for their own playoff run this season (and doing other projects) has been paying less attention to the prospects' postseason. It is too bad. Houston is literally playing for its AHL life against Grand Rapids starting tomorrow. Both Mathew Dumba and Louie Nanne saw their seasons end last week while Tyler Graovac is one loss away from joining them. Over in Europe, Johan Gustafsson and Daniel Gunnarsson fell short of being the second straight Wild prospects to win a SEL title when Lulea lost in the Swedish Elite League finals.

Don't get me wrong, it's nice to actually have a dog in the NHL race this time of the year. On the other hand, when you don't pay attention you miss out on crazy sh** like this.


2012 second round pick Raphael Bussieres was at the forefront of a QMJHL brawl last night between his Baie-Cormeau Drakkar and Blainville-Boisbriand that the would make the Hanson brothers proud to use the footage for Slap Shot 6. There were scraps among scraps. Not only was there a goalie fight at the end, the test of any great hockey donnybrook, but there were multiple.

The final carnage?
3 - BAC Raphaël Bussières, 20:00 - Unsportsmanlike conduct - Game Misconduct, (4.62)
3 - BAC Philippe Cadorette, 20:00 - Fighting after the original altercation, (2.7)
3 - BAC Philippe Cadorette, 20:00 - Fighting after the original altercation - Game Misconduct, (4.7)
3 - BAC Jérémy Grégoire, 20:00 - Fighting, (2.2)
3 - BAC Bokondji Imama, 20:00 - Fighting after the original altercation, (2.7)
3 - BAC Bokondji Imama, 20:00 - Fighting after the original altercation - Game Misconduct, (4.7)
3 - BAC Bokondji Imama, 20:00 - Aggressor - Game Misconduct, (4.1)
3 - BAC Bokondji Imama, 20:00 - Abuse of officials - Game Misconduct, (4.91)
3 - BAC Alexandre Ranger, 20:00 - Fighting after the original altercation, (2.7)
3 - BAC Alexandre Ranger, 20:00 - Fighting after the original altercation - Game Misconduct, (4.7)
3 - BAC Gabriel Verpaelst, 20:00 - Fighting after the original altercation, (2.7)
3 - BAC Gabriel Verpaelst, 20:00 - Fighting after the original altercation - Game Misconduct, (4.7)
3 - BLB Yasin Cisse, 20:00 - Fighting, (2.2)
3 - BLB Aaron Hoyles, 20:00 - Fighting after the original altercation, (2.7)
3 - BLB Aaron Hoyles, 20:00 - Fighting after the original altercation - Game Misconduct, (4.7)
3 - BLB Etienne Marcoux, 20:00 - Fighting after the original altercation, (2.7)
3 - BLB Etienne Marcoux, 20:00 - Fighting after the original altercation - Game Misconduct, (4.7)
3 - BLB Cédric Paquette, 20:00 - Unsportsmanlike conduct - Game Misconduct, (4.62)
3 - BLB Ryan Tesink, 20:00 - Fighting after the original altercation, (2.7)
3 - BLB Ryan Tesink, 20:00 - Second fight by the same player during the same stoppage in play, (2.6)
3 - BLB Ryan Tesink, 20:00 - Fighting after the original altercation - Game Misconduct, (4.7)
3 - BLB Ryan Tesink, 20:00 - Second fight by the same player during the same stoppage in play - Game Misconduct, (4.6)
Following the end of a 4-3 loss in Game 4, Bussieres took offense to a goodbye wave and tensions from the entire series (Neate Sager of Yahoo! Sports points out that 38 penalties were called in Game 3) boiled over. It's nothing new for Bussieres, who has 15 points in 12 playoff games (B-C swept their first 2 rounds). Minnesota drafted him because of his ability to get gritty and play with an edge. He fits in with other second round picks in the Fletcher/Flahr Era.

Like it or not (and given the number of people upset at the lack of sandpaper and brawling in Tuesday's Wild-Kings game there are some likes), that's the style of game he plays. It isn't the top-six scoring potential that others have, however, there is still some skill mixed with enough French-Canadian cajones to start a brawl.

Baie-Cormeau and Blainville-Boisbriand are tied at 2 games apiece with Game 5 tomorrow night (Friday April 26). Whether Bussieres is among them depends on supplemental discipline, but his past doesn't help. Last year he was suspended for 3 playoff games after a hit.

This year is just a little more than an injuring hit.

UPDATE (12:30 p.m. CT): Bussieres is not among 7 Drakar players who were suspended for their part in the brawl. He'll take part along with a pair in Game 5 along with 2 third string goalies (the other four all suspended - how often does that happen?).

1 comment:

  1. Bussieres didn't throw a single punch. Why would he get suspended. Did you even watch him throughout the video. He was held by a ref the entire time before going off the ice. Hardly suspension worthy.

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