Checking in with Jimmy Bonneau
Checking in with Jimmy Bonneau
By Matt Alber
Hey Sharks fans, Worcester Sharks intern Matt Alber here. I will continue to check in with Sharks players to see how they are spending their summers. Next up we have forward #43 Jimmy Bonneau who is spending his summer up in PEI as well as visiting his family and friends in Baie-Comeau, QC.
Bonneau just wrapped up his second season for the Sharks by putting up an astonishing 81 penalty minutes in only 26 games. Back in 2011-12, the fan favorite that is referred to as “Bone Saw” racked up a franchise record 22 fighting majors while only dressing in 54 games. In 274 career AHL games he now has 105 fighting majors and 802 penalty minutes. Bonneau just signed a new one year contract that will keep him in the Sharks organization this season.
“I couldn’t be happier to be back in Worcester with the Sharks organization. (The staff and fans) have been really good to me the last two years and I hope I can stay in Worcester as long as possible.”
Jimmy has embraced the role of an enforcer, and works hard to keep himself in shape over the offseason.
“I train five to six times a week at UPEI with Kris MacPhee. We have a small group of AHL/NHL players and have access to a private gym, pool, ice rink, soccer field and track right there. It’s a great setup.”
As an enforcer, Bonneau knows how important intimidation can be, but he also knows that you need to be able to succeed in other fashions of the game as well.
“I like having a team that won’t get intimidated. I’m proud of the way this team has handled itself in the physical department the last two seasons but let’s not forget that the main goal is to play hockey deep into the spring. Physical teams seem to be successful in the playoffs but we need to get in first.”
Outside of the rink, Jimmy is a huge fan of hard rock music, and attends as many concerts as he can given his busy hockey schedule.
“I’ve been to way too many to say but my top three were probably AC/DC, Foo Fighters and Slipknot. I’ve seen over 100 concerts in the last 10 years. It’s something I love to do when I get out of the rink. Pearl Jam comes to the DCU Center in October and I will definitely be going to that. Pelly (Sharks forward Matt Pelech) usually tags along but let’s hope he will stay in San Jose this year. I’ll go alone if I have to, wouldn’t be the first time. A few concerts that I want to see that I haven’t yet are Metallica and Motorhead. Black Sabbath would be awesome too!”
Other than concerts, the 28 year old forward has one specific trip in mind for this summer.
“I’m going to Chicago to watch a few shows and ball games with a few of my friends from QC for the third year in a row!”
The 6’3” 225-pound enforcer doesn’t spend too much time in front of a screen, but has a few things he does like to watch.
“I love Patrick Swayze movies. Roadhouse, Point Break and Youngblood were all awesome. When it comes to TV shows, Californication and That Metal Show are my favorites. I HATE video games!!!”
He likes to stay busy, but knows it’s important to take time to relax when he gets the chance.
“I like to relax at home, read, cook, or go for nice dinners with friends and family. I also love golfing with my friends and having barbecues. Obviously I like to listen to music too. I spend my summers with some friends from back home but definitely love going to see my family whenever I can. You don’t get a ton of time for family during a busy hockey season.”
Golfing is another sport that many hockey players enjoy, and this Quebec native is no different.
“I love to golf and didn’t even start playing until my 20’s. I have a membership at Belverde golf course and play a few times a week with Mark Flood and Nate McIver (both AHL players). I generally shoot in the high 80’s so not too bad. My favorite golfer is Jason Dufner.”
Other than hockey, the Sharks forward has a few other sports that he likes to follow as well.
“I watch the MLB, the NFL and the UFC. I’m a Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan. In the UFC I root for Junior Dos Santos. Additionally, I follow Canelo Alvarez, he’s my favorite boxer.”
Finally, Jimmy has a message for all the Worcester Sharks fans that have supported him during his time here thus far.
“I can’t wait to see everyone in a couple of months. Have a great summer, hockey season is almost here. Thank you everyone for all the support, it means a lot!”
The 28 year-old enforcer seems to have a busy summer ahead of him as he looks forward to the Pearl Jam concert and the beginning of next hockey season. Bonneau and the rest of the Worcester Sharks will be back on the ice for Opening Night on October 19th. Make sure to keep checking back in to SharksAHL.com throughout the offseason for all of your Sharks news!