Trading Emails With...Bruno Gervais
Defense Prospect Cherished Year One in the Pros
By Kerry Gwydir
In an email exchange this afternoon, Bridgeport Sound Tigers
defenseman Bruno Gervais shared his thoughts on his first
professional hockey season, Long Island and the Islanders.
1. What did you learn the most this season in Bridgeport?
It was how to treat your body. It's your main tool to work with in
hockey. You have to know how to make sure your body is 100 percent
2. How is your knee?
My knee is doing great. The only thing it needed was two to three
weeks off. It feels really good and I can't wait to get back on the
3. What was it like in your first Islanders' training camp two years
It was a great experience. I had no other expectation other than to
come to rookie camp and play for a week. I brought clothes for five
days, then ended up staying for a month. I learned so much from the
guys, the coaching staff and about the organization. They have been
so great to me. It was unbelievable experience.
4. What was it like to sign your first professional contract?
A dream come true, and it was on my birthday -- Oct. 3. We attended a
big team dinner on the North Shore of Long Island and Charles [Wang]
was there as were all of the players. I went out with Mike [Milbury]
and he shook my hand on the contract. At first, I didn't realize it,
but it showed the team has confidence in me. It goes me motivation to
work that much harder so they can be proud of how the team spent
their money on me.
5. How was it playing with Chris Campoli, your defensemate, this
season in Bridgeport?
It was great. We had chemistry in camp and in the exhibition season
right off the bat. We built that up during the year, and we finished
the year playing against the other team's top lines. Not bad for two
20 year olds. It was a great experience.
6.What was the most memorable professional hockey moment?
It was with the Islanders -- an exhibition game against Philadelphia.
Both teams had a full lineup. To play an NHL game, I have some
pictures, it was amazing. I just enjoyed it and was a great moment.
7. Tell us about your Bridgeport housemate, Islanders prospect Steve
I had a really great time with him. Two 20 year olds together, we had
a nice place and we have some great stories. We really had good
roommate chemistry and talk a lot over the summer.
8. Who was your idol growing up?
Being from Montreal, I watched Eric Desjardins and Ray Bourque a lot.
9. Describe your style of play.
I think I'm a safe defenseman, make the good first pass and once in a
while jump up and be a little offensive. That's a bonus.
10. What's your favorite place on Long Island?
I liked going to the Mets game -- that counts as Long Island, right?
I love Long Island, to drive around is awesome. There are so many
nice places -- like going to Syosset, seeing all the great golf
courses and meeting a lot of nice people. I liked going to Alexei
Yashin's house. It was a great spot. Then there's Old Country Road,
PF Chang's, Vincent's, all of those restaurants the players go to one
game day. I'm a big fan.