Wednesday 13 November 2013

Tommies get a gun. Add Matthew Bissonnette

Matthew Bissonnette
Courtesy QMJHL
The St.Thomas Tommies have added 6'4" forward Matthew Bissonnette to the their line-up for the second half of the AUS season.  Bissonnette is a proven point producer in junior hockey and will be the first Tommies recruit since Miguel Delisle in 2005-06 to have more than 80 points during a major junior season.

There is no lack of talent with this center and he is prepared to play.  He had signed in the ECHL earlier in the summer and said at that time “My best tools are my vision and hockey sense" but he isn't only an offensive player, “As I matured in the (QMJHL) I wanted to be a plus-guy and that was a big thing I tried to concentrate on. Finishing +22 (over last two seasons) was a big step in my game and showed I can play some defense.”

Last season Bissonnette (no relation to current Tommie Simone Bissonnette) was hampered by a groin injury but it really didn't limit his production, as he scored 1.21 points per game or 57 points in 47 games.  In 2011-12 he had 1.28 points per game scoring 83 points in 65 games. He was an assistant Captain last season for the Acadie-Bathurst Titan and assumed a leadership role on that team.  Matt will be a huge help up front for STU and will be leaned on heavily to score.

Coach Powers is really doing positive things with this team and the additions of Bissonnette and Saab after Christmas should have Tommie fans excited for a strong playoff push.

Check out this unreal move by Matt when he was playing for Lewiston. OH yeah!!

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