By Chuck Gormley
Someday, Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond would like to be remembered for something other than having the longest name in the NHL.
But for now, the double-hyphened New Jersey Devils rookie is happy to be simply sharing the ice with stars like Patrik Elias, Brian Gionta and Martin Brodeur.
“It wasn’t long ago that I was playing pickup games for fun,” Letourneau-Leblond said before a weekend doubleheader against the Philadelphia Flyers. “I didn’t even know if I would make junior level.
“My mum said to me the other night, ‘Remember when you weren’t even sure you could play organized hockey? Now you’re in the NHL.'”
And with that, a big smile creased Letourneau-Leblond’s scarred face, as if the realization of a dream had finally sunk in.
At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Letourneau-Leblond (he hyphenates his mother’s and father’s last names) has the shoulders of a moose and the single-mindedness of a 23-year-old rookie with no intention of going back to the minors.