February 06, 2016

Jean Cusson

In March of 1968 the Oakland Seals signed a 5-foot-10, 170 pound winger out of Verdun, Quebec to a three game amateur tryout contract.

The player was Jean Cusson, a University of Montreal graduate who had played parts of three seasons with the Canadian National Team. He was a quick skater

Unfortunately Cusson only got into two games and was not signed beyond his tryout offer. He left the NHL nearly as quickly as arrived, registering one shot on goal.

Cusson returned home Quebec to play senior hockey but would later play and coach professionally in Switzerland for 15 years.

Cusson returned to Montreal in 1985 and joined his brothers in opening a European style sausage shop in Montreal. By the time he retired and gave the business to his son, Cusson had 35 William J. Walter saucisier shops in Quebec.

That is the story of a hockey hot dog turned Montreal sausage king.

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