By Garry Brown
© 2008 The Republican
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Stephane Goulet, who played in the ECHL for the Stockton Thunder each of his first two professional seasons, showed flashes of goal-scoring ability for the Springfield Falcons in their 2007-08 American Hockey League season.
Now, at 22, he’s back with the Birds and hoping to become one of their impact players in an offense being put together by new coach Jeff Truitt.
When the Falcons play Providence in their first preseason game Wednesday night at the New England Sports Complex in Marlborough, Goulet won’t dress because of an injury. He most likely will be ready by Friday, when the Falcons make their first home appearance in a preseason game against Worcester at the MassMutual Center.
The Springfield club also will be at home Saturday against Providence.
“Maybe by the weekend,” Goulet said of his playing status.
He’s in the third and final year of his contract with Springfield’s parent club, the Edmonton Oilers.
“It’s an important season for me, and I hope to make it a good one. I want to help this team get to the playoffs. It’s up to the coach, but I’m hoping for a more important role this year, with more responsibility offensively,” he said.