Laurent Brossoit interviewed on Sportsnet Friday night (Feb. 19).

Laurent Brossoit interviewed on Sportsnet Friday night (Feb. 19).

HOCKEY

Two NHL shutouts for Surrey’s Brossoit – both against hometown Vancouver Canucks

Former Cloverdale MHA goaltender stopped 29 shots Friday

Surrey-raised goaltender Laurent Brossoit really likes playing his hometown Vancouver Canucks, apparently.

The Winnipeg Jets backup, 27, earned his second career NHL shutout last Friday night (Feb. 19) in Vancouver, a city where he recorded his only other no-goal game, back in December 2018.

This time, Brossoit stopped 29 shots in the Jets’ 2-0 win at Rogers Arena.

In a post-game interview with Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy, Brossoit was humble.

“I felt a bit out of control today, but you know, it was working out my way,” he said. “It was a bit of a battle for me, to be honest, but it was one of those games where you just had to fight for ice and the puck was hitting me.”

Asked about twice blanking the Canucks in little more than two years, Brossiot had this to say: “It’s just one of those things. I like being here, it’s home for me, and I guess I just have that extra little bit of energy to give and like I said, things were just working out my way today.”

Mark Scheifele scored for the Jets on a first-period breakaway and Mason Appleton added an empty-netter.

READ MORE: Brossoit makes 29 saves as Winnipeg Jets blank Canucks 2-0

Born in Port Alberni, Brossoit played minor hockey in Cloverdale before making the Valley West Hawks zone team in 2008. Three years later, in 2011, he was drafted in the sixth round (164th overall) by Calgary Flames.

Brossoit’s bio on nhl.com notes that he played four seasons (2009-13) for Edmonton of the Western Hockey League. In 2012, he went 42-13-5 with a 2.47 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage, leading his team to the WHL championship and a berth in the Memorial Cup in 2012.

He was acquired by Edmonton Oilers in a trade with the Flames on Nov. 8, 2013.

Brossoit made his NHL debut April 9, 2015, making 49 saves (two goals allowed) in a 3-1 loss to San Jose Sharks. He went 0-4-1 with a 3.61 GAA and .873 save percentage in 2015-16. On Jan. 21, 2017, Brossoit made 38 saves to earn his first win, 7-3, against the Flames. He finished the 2016-17 season 4-1-0 with a 1.99 GAA and .928 save percentage.

After going 3-7-1 as a backup for the Oilers in 2017-18, he signed with the Winnipeg Jets on July 2, 2018. Brossoit flourished in his first season with his new team, going 13-6-2 with a 2.52 GAA, a .925 save percentage and one shutout in 21 games (19 starts).



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