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"The Barons are my first choice"
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Januar 24, 2002; 15:17
"The Barons are my first choice"
Q&A with Munich Barons goaltender Boris Rousson
Frank Johne

"Bo", who is in his third year with the Barons, has scored two assists this season

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Munich, Germany - Netminder Boris Rousson has backstopped the Munich Barons to 20 victories this season, posting five shutouts, a save percentage of .931 and a goals-against-average of 1.97. In a interview, the 31-year-old Quebec-native looks ahead to the playoffs and reveals his thoughts on Team Canada’s Olympic goaltenders, Mike Kennedy’s column and his possible future with the Barons.

20 wins, eight losses, five shutouts: Barons goalie Boris Rousson
Leading DEL Scorers
(as of Feb 19, 2005) Bo, you guys set a new franchise record for consecutive wins (eight) against Kassel last Friday. Having been here since the inaugural year, what does such a record mean to you?

Boris Rousson: It’s always nice to get such a record. But especially in a league as tight as this, every game and every win is important for us. Coach Simpson has been rotating you goalies quite a lot this year. Is there gonna be a designated starter for the playoffs?

Boris Rousson: I think “Küni” (Christian Künast) has played well all year. He definitely deserves a chance. But that’s not really something that’s on our minds right now. Do you think the upcoming Olympic break will slow you guys down?

Boris Rousson: Well, the way we’ve been playing lately, it’d obviously be nice to go all the way from here. On the other hand, with all the injuries we’ve had, it’s good to get a break. I mean, after the break, we might have a complete team for the first time this season which is a pretty nice idea, too. Being a Canadian goalie yourself, which guy would you start between the pipes for Team Canada in the upcoming Olympics, Curtis Joseph or Martin Brodeur?

Boris Rousson:Joseph, although he hasn’t won a Cup yet. But he’s definitely had a better season so far. To me, he’s the best Canadian goalie available for Salt Lake City. Only Patrick Roy might be superior, but he won’t be there this time. Joseph’s got a lot more international experience than Brodeur or Belfour. His showdown with US-goalie Mike Richter in the 1996 World Cup was just spectacular. Your contract with the Barons only runs through the current season. Is that something that's on your mind right now? What are the chances of you returning to Munich this fall?

Boris Rousson: I don't really think about my contract right now. ‘München’ (Munich) is a great place to play and I love playing for Sean (Simpson), Beppo (Schlickenrieder) and Max (Fedra) is one of the finest people I know in the world of hockey. I have to say that the Barons are my first choice. I would love to continue what has been started here in Munich... What do you think of Mike Kennedy's debut as a writer? How did the other teammates react to his column?

Boris Rousson: I love the idea, and I am actually a bit jealous! No, but seriously: It is a great idea and I was very surprised about his first few columns! Great insight, a few inside jokes... I don't know if most of us have read his things yet, but among those who did, he got good reviews... Just have to be careful with what we say and how we look in the dressing room now that there is media all the time!
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