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Canucks forward reveals potential plans for life after hockey

5 décembre 2019
Relocating from France to Quebec at 15 years old to chase his dream of being a professional hockey player has really paid off for now 30-year-old Antonie Roussel, whose career earnings have topped $15.4 million, according to Cap Friendly.


Upon their retirement from the game of hockey, a lot of players elect to stay around the game. Some become Analysts, others coaches, managers or trainers. Some, however, decide to pursue a different path at the end of their careers. Roussel may have tipped his hand, revealing his potential plans after hockey during a recent interview with Sportsnet's Iain MacIntyre when he revealed what he has been studying during his time off. "Maple syrup".

Recently sidelined with an injury, Roussel wanted to keep his idle hands busy and study something he loves, aside from hockey. While recovering from reconstructive knee surgery, he took a university course, Maple Syrup 101. The final online assignments are due this week to Laval University.

“All the machinery and all the process, I knew it. But this went into more detail. It kept me busy. Rather than sitting around (waiting to recover) and twisting the mind, getting pissed off, this kept me busy and it was fun.”

Roussel's wife, Alexandra's family owns land containing over 6,000 maple trees. During his junior hockey career, Roussel would work on the farm, helping to tap the trees by hand for his future father-in-law.

His passion for both hockey and maple syrup alone is enough to make Roussel an honorary Canadian. “You can do a lot of stuff,” Roussel said, “Pancakes, on yogurt, on strawberries. I even make a drink with it.”

Whether he decides to take up a career in the maple syrup industry or not remains to be seen, but the native of Roubaix, France is in no rush to make that decision, as he still appears to have plenty of hockey left in him. The gritty winger proved just that when he made his return to the Canucks lineup on Tuesday, after almost nine-months on the sidelines, scoring a goal on his very first shift back.

“I think people underestimate his skill,” captain Bo Horvat said. “They always see him as a grinder, a pest out there, I guess you would say. But he’s got a lot of skill. It takes more (than you realize) to score that backhander goal. He had to put it up there in a hurry. People underestimate his shot and his skill in this league. I saw it first hand last year.”

Head coach Travis Green also chimed in on "Roo" and what he means to the team.

“First of all, he’s a leader in the room,” Green said, “I think he’s got a strong understanding of the game in itself. Winning. Roo brings a lot of compete in our game, and it’s not negotiable. He competes all the time.”

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