By J.P. Hoornstra
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
ONTARIO, Calif. – His eyes were getting wide about having six days off work for Christmas, and Maxime Boisclair sounded as if he’d lived in the Inland Empire all his life.
“We’re going to Vegas, get wild,” the right wing said after the Reign’s 6-2 win Sunday over the Stockton Thunder. “I’m going to go to L.A., too. I haven’t had time to do that yet.”
No ECHL team, in fact, is playing until the day after Christmas. So Boisclair, who grew up in Montreal, is making the Vegas trip with a pair of Quebec natives and Pacific Division rivals: Martin Frechette of the Bakersfield Condors and the Thunder’s Toby LaFrance.
Few in the league have earned the break as much as Boisclair, and no one has been more critical to the Reign offense during the team’s current five-game winning streak. The 23-year-old has nine points in the five games, including his first two-goal performance of the year Sunday.
“The last three or four games when we’ve been short-handed and asked more of him, he’s really elevated his game,” coach Karl Taylor said of Boisclair. “He’s really heading in the right direction.”