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Islanders' veteran Cedric Desruisseaux has history of producing in key moments

Cédric Desruisseaux is showing he can be a top offensive producer for the Charlottetown Islanders this season.
Cédric Desruisseaux is showing he can be a top offensive producer for the Charlottetown Islanders this season. - Jason Malloy The Guardian
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

Reaching back into his past may have helped Cédric Desruisseaux turn his tenure in Charlottetown around.

When the Islanders turned back the clock to pay homage to the Armour Fence Islanders in a Feb. 28 game against the Cape Breton Eagles, they received league approval to allow the players to wear their nicknames on the back of the black and green jerseys.

Above No. 21 read: CED MONEY.

“My friends used to call me that when I was scoring the important goals,” Desruisseaux explained.

Charlottetown Islanders' winger Cedric Desruisseaux, left, tries to beat Cape Breton Eagles' defenceman Kyle Havlena during a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League game on Feb. 28, 2020, at the Eastlink Centre. - Jason Malloy
Charlottetown Islanders' winger Cedric Desruisseaux, left, tries to beat Cape Breton Eagles' defenceman Kyle Havlena during a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League game on Feb. 28, 2020, at the Eastlink Centre. - Jason Malloy

The moniker followed him to Charlottetown, so he decided to sport the name that evening.

“Since then, I’m scoring a lot of goals,” Desruisseaux said.

While he didn’t score against the Eagles, he had four goals and six points in the next four games to close out the season. Despite the slow start to 2019-20, Desruisseaux finished the year with 14 goals and half of those (seven) were game-winners that tied him with snipers Raphaël Lavoie and Alex Beaucage for third in the league.

“To score a goal and help your team win is always a good feeling, but when you can do it regularly it’s way better,” he said. “The end of the season last year gave me confidence for this new season, and I think you can see it in the start of the season.”

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