Former General speaks about parting ways
Dakota Boutin was one of the most excited players at Mosaic Place.
© Matthew Gourlie
Dakota Boutin, right, from the Prince Albert Mintos throws his shoulder into Moose Jaw Generals forward Jared Legien in Telus Cup action Thursday night. Times-Herald photo by Matthew Gourlie
The former Moose Jaw General was back in familiar territory, but was seen as the enemy.
“It is exciting,” said Boutin about being back. “It has been awhile and it is nice to play in front of a few familiar faces.”
Boutin played last season with the Generals and was seen as a leader. He started with the Generals this season, but things quickly turned sour between him and the organization.
“I asked to leave,” he stated when asked what happened. “I just wasn’t having fun and I just didn’t like my situation. I just wanted out so I could go have some fun.
“Last year was good. At the end, I just wanted to go home. This year, I had a few more expectations with being a year older. It just didn’t happen.”
It was the middle of November when the situation between the Boutin and the Generals reached a boiling point and they parted ways.
“It was just the atmosphere on and off the ice. I just wasn’t having fun,” said Boutin.
Shortly after leaving the Generals, Boutin landed in Prince Albert with the Mintos. That was Boutin’s first choice as well.
“They are always a good team and they were hosting western (regionals),” he said. “They are always a top contender and I knew I was going to a good team, but also the chance to come back here.”
There are, of course, two sides to every story and the Generals have stated that they released him from the team for undisclosed reasons.
However, that is beside the point at this stage of the season.
“Since I left Moose Jaw, I’ve had this (date) circled,” said Boutin. “I had it circled for the regular season, but I was injured both games, so Telus Cup was even better.”
Boutin had a good support system around him and quickly landed on his feet in Prince Albert, even though he didn’t know anyone on the team prior to committing to them.
“It was up in the air for a while, but I had lots of people that helped me out. Teams and my agent ... they got on the phone as soon as I left the office and told them I was out,” he said. “I knew a few guys just from U16 and U17, but the captains were waiting for me in the room when I got there. They made me feel at home when I got there.”
Boutin offered a comparison between the two teams, based upon how well they bonded together.
“The Generals ... everyone did stuff separately and didn’t do it as a team. We didn’t bond as well,” he said. “But, us in P.A., we do everything as a team and bond well and it translates on the ice too.”
Right after Boutin left for the Mintos, the Generals rallied off a 13-game unbeaten streak.
It appears that Boutin and the Mintos could have the last laugh though.
After a 2-0 victory over the Generals on Thursday night, the Mintos have clinched a spot in one of the semifinal games on Saturday. The Generals will need some extra help however if they want to make the semifinal.
“I can’t describe that feeling,” he said after the game. “That is one step closer to our goal.”
There was some chatter and liberties taken by Boutin on old teammates. He and Drew Fellner competed hard against each other throughout the game.
“There wasn’t as much (chatter) as I thought there was going to be. I tried to keep my emotions as low as I could. I ramped up the physicality a little bit,” he said. “Even in practice when I was here, we would battle on the ice. He is a good battler and we just have our little battles in the corners.”
It is still to be decided if they will face each other once again this weekend.
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