October 09, 2017
Legends of Team Canada: Serge Boisvert
Serge Boisvert was a more integral part of the 1988 Canadian Olympic team than the statistics suggest.
And considering he led all Canadian scorers with seven goals and nine points in eight Olympic contests, that's saying something.
"He has an infinite supply of energy and an endless supply of good humor," King said. "I haven't met anyone who loves to play the game any more than does and he's just as enthusiastic for the seventh game in nine nights as he is for the first."
"I can't say enough about the effect it has on his teammates. He's an important chemistry player."
He also helped bridged the two natural Canadian cliques in the dressing room - French and English. He helped make players such as Claude Vilgrain and Serge Roy feel as part of the group that at times was segregated to a degree by language and culture.
Serge also was in many ways the model of hope for all the players on the team. He, like most of them, had travelled an odd hockey path, once playing in Japan before catching on with for a few dozen games with the Montreal Canadiens. It was enough games to get him a Stanley Cup ring, as he helped Montreal win the Stanley Cup in 1986.
After 46 NHL games plus 23 more in the Stanley Cup playoffs, Serge Boisvert knew how that chapter would end: Skilled hockey player lacking size and defensive play disappears to the minor leagues.
Only Boisvert decided to write the next chapter himself.