June 06, 2015

P.C. Drouin


Pierre-Claude Drouin was a late bloomer who was given a chance by the Boston Bruins.

The big left winger out of Saint-Lambert, Quebec was a sought after junior commodity in Quebec, but he opted to head to the Ivy League instead. He studied at Cornell University for four years, earning a bachelor's degree in Business Administration.

Drouin never showed much NHL potential in his first three years at Cornell, but he had a strong final season, scoring 18 goals in 31 games in 1995-96. The Boston Bruins signed him to a two year free agent deal that summer.

Over the next two seasons Drouin would toil with the Bruins farm teams, Providence in the AHL and Charlotte in the ECHL.  But Drouin would get a three game look-see in the NHL too, scoring zero points.

Without any other NHL interest Drouin decided to extend his hockey career by heading overseas where he played parts of eight seasons. Most of those seasons were played in Britain, but he also experience Germany, Finland and France.

With NHLer's flooding the European leagues with the lost lockout season of 2004-05, Drouin returned to North America in 2004 to play with the Fort Wayne Komets. Drouin would come to love his time in Indiana, playing six seasons with the Komets and then making it his home after hockey.

Drouin has worked as an account manager with a large steel producer since retiring.

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