Pierre-Luc Dubois showed what an amazing human being he is!

Published September 13, 2021 at 2:09 PM

One of the most memorable stories of the last campaign was undoubtedly the transaction that brought Pierre-Luc Dubois to the Winnipeg Jets in return for Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic, among others. Dubois, however, would never reveal why he asked the Jackets for a trade in the past.

In an interview with Elliotte Friedman, the Quebecer confided on the difficulties that the transaction created. According to him, several factors affected him personally, as well as those close to him. The fact that Dubois remained silent on the reasons for his request for a trade did not help his cause, according to him.

«For me, the hardest part was when I got traded, it was the people kinda putting words in my mouth like why he wants out. This or this happened,» Dubois told Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek Monday during a recording of the 31 Thoughts: The Podcast.

«These are people that have never met me, that have no idea who I am, have probably never even done an interview with me. It was kind of tough to deal with that. It was hard on my parents, to be honest. For my mom to see stuff like that, it was tough on her.»

«That was a very hard part in my life, and I went through it, and I'm still alive. There's worse things that can happen.»

Dubois explained to Friedman that he spoke with his agent Pat Brisson before asking to be traded. Following the request, they decided that remaining silent about the reasons for the request was the best option for the 23-year-old. The athlete was adamant about remaining respectful in his approach.

«The classiest way to do it is to talk less,» he said.

In addition, Dubois has always had a tremendous amount of respect for the Jackets organization, which gave him the chance to realize his dream of playing in the NHL. He will always be grateful to them. He preferred not to reveal any details about his desire to leave Columbus, to avoid saying things he might regret later.

«You know, the organization did so many good things for me. They drafted me third overall when nobody thought I'd go third overall. They gave me a chance. So, I don't know why I'd go out there and say bad things or say things that I might regret later on.»

«I didn't think anybody there deserved that — the staff, the players, the fans. I thought that maybe saying less would annoy people and make people mad, but down the line, I think that's the best way to be respectful.»

If Pierre-Luc Dubois ever decides to reveal the reason of his departure from Columbus, it would be in a very unique way. One thing is for sure, he would not make such confidences to the media.

"Maybe one day, when I retire, I'll write a book."

This interview with Pierre-Luc Dubois only confirms what we already know. He is an individual of impeccable class. Even though he didn't have the success he had hoped for with the Jets, there is no doubt in my mind that he will be back in a big way this year. He has an astounding maturity that makes him a true professional player. He is only 23 years old, his development is far from over, the best is yet to come for the Quebecer.
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