Growing up, Francis Bouillon idolized Bruins superstar defenceman Ray Bourque. Photograph by: ELSA, GETTY IMAGES
Canadiens defenceman Francis Bouillon has had to deal with his fair share of adversity over the years.
The 5-foot-8, 196-pounder bounced around between the minors and the National Hockey League for several seasons before finally finding his niche with the Canadiens. And just when it looked like he had established himself, he was sidelined last year by offseason knee surgery that forced him to miss the first two months of the 2006-07 season. Then, after his return, he struggled to regain his form. But the rugged blue-liner has come back with a vengeance this season, regaining a regular spot on defence. Heading into Saturday night’s game against the New York Rangers, he was still looking for his first goal this season to go along with three assists, 36 penalty minutes and a plus-4 rating.
In this week’s One-on-One, Bouillon discusses his tough road back from injury and which coach he credits with helping him make it to the NHL.