Born: November 24, 1983 (age 26)
5 ft 07
Signed 1-year, 2-way contract with the Minnesota Wild for this season…played way onto the Aeros last season after signing a PTO…re-signed contract with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after the Penguins exercised their option…Signed PTO with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (1/18/08).
If there is such a thing as a hockey team having a heart and a soul, then Jean-Michel Daoust was the heart and soul of the 2009-10 Houston Aeros. No player felt worse after a loss than Daoust, and no player felt better after a win. Daoust had a breakout season for the Aeros, scoring a career-high 55 points (21+34=55). Daoust’s goals weren’t the pretty kind of goals that the fans got to know from the likes of Corey Locke and Krys Kolanos. Daoust’s goals seemingly came from nowhere. In the midst of a scrum the puck would pop out, guided by Daoust’s stick, and into the net. Dauost knew how to position himself for rebounds and tips. Daoust was the man behind the hustle goal, and he wanted the goals so badly that men much, much bigger than he were in just no position to stop him.
Daoust was also the instigator supreme. If there was a pileup of players, and if some opposing player came out swinging, then you knew that Daoust would emerge from the bottom of the pile with a huge smile on his face.
Kevin Constantine pointed to Max Noreau last season as a guy who came from nowhere to earn a NHL contract on the basis of hard work, hustle, and a never quit attitude. And the Noreau path was followed by Daoust who, on the basis of last season, earned his first ever NHL contract. It’s hard to know what role new coach Mike Yeo has in mind for Daoust this season, but of this one can be confident, whatever that role, Daoust will do himself, his coach, his teammates, and his team proud.
Photo courtesy Houston Press/Houston Aeros