Bourbonnais Lets Game Speak for Itself
Thursday October 18, 2012
Cedar Rapids RoughRiders forward Riley Bourbonnais. (photo by Amber Schmidt/Metro Studios)
RoughRiders forward looks to impress NHL scouts in second USHL season
Feature by Tom Schreier, Hockey's Future www.hockeysfuture.com
Riley Bourbonnais of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and his head coach, Mark Carlson, may be the most laconic player-coach tandem in junior hockey.
The son of former Rochester Institute of Technology player John Bourbonnais, Riley had an uncle, Jim Kartes, that played for RIT, as well.
Despite growing up in Rochester, NY with close ties to RIT, Riley has committed to a different school with a famed acronym, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (or RPI), which is about four hours from Rochester, but only an hour away from his prep school, Berkshire School, in Sheffield, MA.
He put up 39 points (17 goals, 22 assists) in 53 games last season, but was overlooked in the NHL Draft.
“He was passed over in the draft last year, but I honestly can’t see that happening this year,” reports one scout via the United States of Hockey blog after seeing him in a game last season. “Playing in the much more visible USHL should get Bourbonnais plenty of looks. If he keeps up the scoring pace he’s currently on, he’d be near impossible to let slip past the fourth round.”
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USHL stats – Riley Bourbonnais
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