Yolande Bissonnette was a college professor for 30 years in Southern Ontario, work she often began following a chilly 5 a.m. drive to a hockey rink for one of her son’s countless practices. Those predawn drives led to a career in the National Hockey League and an unlikely rise to social media stardom through Twitter, where more than 171,000 fans have signed on to read whatever 140-character thoughts pop into her son’s mind.
"For most of the time, I’m OK with what he posts," she said. "The only thing I wish he would get better at is spelling and grammar, because these are the things that I taught when I was at the college. So you can imagine when I see his spelling and grammar and I go, ‘Oooooh! I guess I didn’t teach him these two things.’"
The goalie that Joey Hishon played in front of last year, almost got in a fight due to the bad blood from the playoff series that ended Hishon's hopes of making the club out of training camp this year.
"There was a lot of dirty play and I pride myself on keeping control of my emotions but I didn't do that there," the 19-year-old Houser said. "He (Binnington) came out towards centre and the unwritten rule is you go, too. I didn't think about (the ramifications) and I'm upset at myself now.
"We all remember the playoff series last year and (Stephen) Sanza and (Joey) Hishon, you don't forget stuff like that. The older guys talked about it before the game. We're two different teams now, but yeah (there's still bad blood)."
The last thing the Knights need is Houser, short regular backup Jake Patterson because of mononucleosis, fighting.
LIKE MANY PROMISING ROOKIES, Avalanche left winger Gabriel Landeskog is often called "mature beyond his years." But dig deeper into Landeskog's story and you'll find that for him, the description is more than just another cliche.
Take, for example, his methodical approach to reaching the NHL. Three years ago, at age 16, the Stockholm native declined an offer to follow the path of most native phenoms by staying in the Swedish Elite League. Instead, Landeskog left his parents to play in the Ontario Hockey League with the Kitchener Rangers.