Sherbrooke Phoenix NHL hopeful stays optimistic during shortened season

David Rossiter, Special to The Record
Sherbrooke Phoenix NHL hopeful stays optimistic during shortened season
(Photo : Sherbrooke Phoenix website)

“I want to play in the NHL, my time will come, I know it will.”
Israel Mianscum has dreamt of a future in the NHL since he was young. Growing up, the young man from the Cree town of Mistissini, Québec has taken concrete steps towards that goal.
Being selected 10th overall by the Sherbrooke Phoenix in the 2019 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) draft represented a huge step towards his pro hockey aspirations.
“Growing up it was always my goal, I think it’s everyone’s dream. After getting drafted to the Q I started to realize that I’m on the right path and if I do the right things I could be drafted,” he said.
This year’s pandemic was a surprise obstacle in Mianscum’s journey. His second year in major junior (also his NHL draft year) has been strife with postponements and cancellations.
Almost four months into the season, the Phoenix only played five games, three of which Mianscum missed due to suspension. This time last year, Mianscum and the Phoenix had played 44 games, an astonishing difference.
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