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TRURO – Hockey has often been a bumpy road for Serge Boisvert, but the Truro Bearcats forward has made the best of it at every turn.

Serge Boisvert, 20-year-old Bearcats forward, was named the MHL’s third star of the week after scoring three goals and one assist in two games last weekend.

Boisvert, who came to the Bearcats earlier this season in a trade with the Amherst Ramblers, found a sudden scoring touch last weekend. The Grand Barachois, N.B., native scored three goals and added an assist, en route to being named the Maritime Junior A Hockey League’s third star of the week.

“It feels great to be recognized,” Boisvert said before practice on Wednesday. “All the boys played great last weekend. It’s a team thing, really. I couldn’t have done it without them.”

As a 20-year-old in his final season of eligibility, Boisvert started the season in Amherst, where the Ramblers toiled in the basement of the Eastlink Division. In October, he was called into the coach’s office.

“Serge, Shawn Evans really wants you in Truro if that’s something you’re interested in,” he recalls coach Josh Hepditch saying.

“Of course I was interested,” he said. “It’s a 20-year-old’s dream, to get the chance to play for a good team in your last year.”

Much like the highways of rural New Brunswick, Boisvert’s path to junior hockey wasn’t a smooth ride. As a teenager, Boisvert was cut from his local major midget club his first two years. Determined to make a difference in his last year, Boisvert scored 13 goals in four intersquad games in camp. He was cut anyway.

“It was all politics,” he said. “I guess that’s just hockey sometimes.”

Instead, he finished out his final year of high school hockey and was drafted by the Ramblers in the MHL entry draft.

“I thought I was done with hockey after my last year of high school,” he said. “I was drafted by Amherst, a late-round pick, and never really thought much of it.”

Boisvert impressed then-Ramblers coach Jim Bottomley enough to earn a spot on the team. Midway through the season, he was sent down to the Cumberland Blues of the junior B league. It was another bump, but Boisvert never lost focus.

“Jimbo (Bottomley) told me I’d always have a spot on the Amherst Ramblers, so I didn’t worry too much about it. I worked my way back.”

Now Boisvert and the Bearcats will try to work their way back to the top of the standings. The team picked up two wins last weekend over South Shore and St. Stephen, due to a balanced scoring strike led by Boisvert.

With 15 games left in the season, the MHL’s third star of the week has a warning for the rest of the league.

“When the train starts rolling, we won’t stop.”

 

Fast Facts:

Serge Boisvert

H/W: 5’8, 175 lbs.

Pos.: C/LW

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Fact: Made Bearcats debut Oct. 25, Pink in the Rink Night, and scored in his first game.

Future: Hopes to play pro hockey overseas, has dreamed of it since touring Europe in high school.

 

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