Laurent Brossoit’s first two months as a professional hockey player can best be described as hectic.
After four seasons with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League, the goaltender has been traded once and has put on the jersey of three minor league teams in a span of four weeks this season.
The most recent move saw Brossoit back in the same organization he left last spring. The Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL), owners of the major junior Oil Kings, acquired the Cloverdale native in a trade last Friday.
“Very excited to be a part of the Edmonton Oilers organization. Thank you everyone for all the support already,” Brossoit posted on Twitter the day of the trade.
Brossoit was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, and after training camp in September was assigned to the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League.
He made his first appearance as a professional was on Oct. 18 as a backup, and he played the final 34 minutes of a 4-3 loss to the Oklahoma City Oil Barons in Oklahoma. Brossoit did not allow a goal, making nine saves.
His first start two days later in Cedar Park, Texas was one he would like to forget. He made 33 saves in a 9-3 loss to the Texas Stars.
A week later, the Flames reassigned Brossoit to the Alaska Aces of the East Coast Hockey League, where he was perfect in three starts against the Bakersfield Condors in Anchorage Nov. 1-3. He played six minutes in the first game, making eight saves in as many shots in a 6-3 win. He got the start in the next two nights and made 16 saves in each game for victories of 5-0 and 4-0.
The Flames then dealt his NHL rights to the Oilers, who promptly placed Brossoit on their AHL affiliate, the Oklahoma City Oil Barons.
Brossoit has yet to take to the ice for the Oil Barons, dressing for two games as a backup goaltender to Tyler Bunz.