Poulin Suffering From Rare Disorder
In a 1992 article for The New Yorker, the gifted writer Alec Wilkenson quoted an unnamed goaltender as saying “What other job do you now of where, when you make a mistake, a red light goes on behind you and fifteen thousand people call you a jerk?” Bridgeport Sound Tiger goalie Kevin Poulin is suffering from a rare disorder, an inordinate fear and hatred of red lights.
Poulin has now posted 3 consecutive shutouts, each a 4-0 win for Bridgeport. He has not given up a goal in calendar year 2012, approaching 200 minutes without seeing that hated red light. His first shutout in this impressive streak came on January 2nd, a matinee game at the Webster Bank Arena attended by Garth Show and Charles Wang.
21-year-old Kevin Poulin was selected by the Islanders in the 5th round of the 2008 NHL draft. And what an impressive draft class that was for the Islanders; Josh Bailey, Aaron Ness, Kirill Petrov, Travis Hamonic, David Ullstrom, Matt Martin and Justin DiBenedetto were all selected that year.
Goalies generally fall into one of two categories: positional or athletic. Poulin is in the later group and it will drive a fan nuts watching him play. He's quick to go out to challenge a shot or clear a puck from behind the net; you may well wish the cable from a garage door opener was attached to his fight strap so you can snap him back into the crease. Often out of position, he relies on his reflexes and athleticism to snatch or block the puck.
I don’t know if he will start his 10th consecutive game tonight in Providence after a long overnight bus ride from Portland. I do hope, however, that he never seeks treatment for his wonderful disorder.