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By James Stephan (@J_Habs)
The lights are dim, a fresh new sheet of ice has been set, and the arena is eerily quiet. The metallic sound of the gate echoes throughout the building as a player steps onto the ice. His skates create the euphoric sound of slicing through the ice; stride upon stride, the player warms his muscles. Circling the net he decides to unleash a burst of speed, beads of sweat already streaming down his face as he swiftly skates from one end of the ice to another, and just as he comes to a halt creating a blanket of mist, the lights come on, and Brandon Prust is revealed in his new home jersey.
Prust has shown that he can be that player every coach loves to have in the playoffs. His character has brought smiles and laughter to his teammates wherever he’s been, displaying that even through his rough and tumble style of play, he is team-oriented.
He represents the prototypical “grinder” that can wear down an opponen...