For most of Samuel Asselin’s life, the Boston Bruins have been a thorn in his side.
Growing up in the Montreal suburb of L'Assomption, Asselin was a Habs fan through and through during his childhood, with memories of playoff triumphs over the hated B’s — and the painful losses — still fresh in the now 20-year-old center’s mind.
Now a dynamic pivot that’s proved doubters wrong through his run through the CHL, Asselin is set to take the first step in what should be a promising pro career. But if you asked the Canadiens fan years back if that first step would be while donning a black and gold sweater, he likely wouldn’t buy it.
“I’ve always been a Habs fan,” Asselin said Wednesday at Warrior Ice Arena. “But no, it’s the first time I was wearing that black and yellow jersey, but I enjoyed it. I’m excited.”
The Bruins have good reason to be excited with Asselin’s addition to their prospect pipeline as well.
Once an overlooked, undersized center that didn’t make the cut in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) as a rookie, Asselin has seen his stock rise over the years, culminating in a league-leading, 48-goal campaign with the Halifax Mooseheads in 2018-19.
But for a Québécois that admitted he loathed Brad Marchand when watching him at Bell Centre over the years, Asselin was quick to express his wish of following in No. 63's footsteps and becoming the next pest badgering the opposition across the ice at TD Garden in the near future.