Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 2/9/14
Julien Brouillette received what he had waited a lifetime for Thursday — a chance to play in the NHL. After seven years spent playing on eight teams in two minor leagues, the Quebec native made his NHL debut against the Winnipeg Jets and played a key role in setting up the Washington Capitals’ tying goal. Saturday night, in his second NHL game, Brouillette did himself one better. With the Capitals and New Jersey Devils mired in a scoreless tie for more than 50 minutes at Verizon Center, the 27-year-old defenseman ripped a shot from the left point that found its way to the back of the net. It was Brouillette’s first NHL goal and stood as the game-winner in the Capitals’ 3-0 win over New Jersey. “Couldn’t even think of anything. It was just so confusing but so great at the same time,” said Brouillette, whose parents, Lucy and Alain, had driven from their farm in St. Esprit, Quebec, to see his first NHL stint. “The guys put together a win and it’s awesome. It’s going to be hard to s...
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