By Ken Wiebe
The Winnipeg Sun
WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Last spring, 2006 ECHL All-Star and former Gwinnett Gladiators right wing Guillaume Desbiens got to drink from the Calder Cup and it tasted good.
But as a part-time role player for the Chicago Wolves, it didn’t exactly quench his thirst.
Playing in only one playoff game (Game 3 of the Calder Cup final, where he registered an assist) left him wanting more.
Fast forward nearly 12 months and Desbiens finds himself four wins away from a second consecutive Calder Cup victory, this time with the Manitoba Moose.
With the championship final set to open Saturday night at the MTS Centre against the Hershey Bears, Desbiens doesn’t have to worry about playing a limited role this time around.
“It’s going to be awesome. I can’t wait,” said Desbiens, who has four goals and 11 points in 16 post-season games with the Moose. “Last year, I was nervous but it was a different nervous because I was in the stands watching most of the games.
“It’s a lot different. Now I have to worry about doing my job. I gained some experience last year and I’ve gained a lot more this year by playing a lot more. It’s a better feeling, I’m not going to lie.”