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Drafted in the first round, fourth overall, Jason Bonsignore was a top pick of the 1994 NHL entry draft. He played one game with the Oilers in 1994-95 and the rest of the season was with his OHL team, the Sudbury Wolves. The following year, Bonsignore played 20 games with the Oilers 18 in the OHL and 12 in the AHL with the Cape Breton Oilers. That was the last Bonsignore would play in the NHL for the Edmonton Oilers.
Often touted as a bust, Bonsignore’s story has gone untold. All that most fans know is what they saw, another first round Edmonton Oilers draft pick just didn’t make the cut. Surely it was the scouting staff not doing their job. Or was it? In an extremely candid interview with Gene Principe and Robin Brownlee on the Jason Gregor show of the Team 1260 on Wednesday August 31st, Bonsignore told his tale and changed many opinions along the way. The twitter response was instant and so positive towards the interview that I wanted to share it with those inside as well as outside of Edmonton.
from the Edmonton Journal,
“My experience is that athletes spend so much time on the tactical, the technical and the physical, and they just assume that the mental aspect will take care of itself,” said sports psychologist Dr. John Dunn from the University of Alberta.
“Obviously, in my profession, we think that what we take care of is trainable. Part of my job is to teach them how to train.”...
Veteran Ethan Moreau, admittedly a traditionalist when it comes to most hockey matters, is a proponent of having a recruit like Dunn on board.
Ditto for Shawn Horcoff.
“I think it’s been something that’s been lacking—not just for my game but for our team,” Moreau said.