The 2014-15 season was a special one for former Ottawa Senators draft pick Francois Brassard. The young goaltender, then with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL, was the first professional netminder to tally two goals in one season.
His first goal, scored on Dec. 13 against the Quebec Remparts, capped off an 8-5 victory for his club. It seemed the young backstop was simply trying to clear the puck off the boards, but it just kept sliding down the ice and ended up in the back of the opposing cage.
As if that amazing feat wasn’t enough, the NHL’s 2012 166th overall pick did it again exactly 13 weeks later, after being traded to the Olympiques.
Only this time, he was definitely aiming for the net and wristed it 185 feet for the memorable moment.
Brassard was mobbed by his teammates, rightfully so, as everyone in the rink knew exactly what the 21-year-old had just accomplished.
His second goal of the season helped the Olympiques skate to a 6-2 victory.
Most goalies dream of scoring one goal in their entire lifespan (not just professionally). Brassard’s precision and heads-up play allowed him to add one more to his goal totals, putting him in a class in all his own.
After his QMJHL days came to an end in 2015, Brassard spent a short time with the SPHL’s Peoria Rivermen. He is now attending Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario and is starting for the school’s team.
Feature photo courtesy Alain Quevillon | Flickr
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