Bruins Prospect Brandon Bussi Explains Why He Dedicates His Goalie Mask Design To Autism Awareness


LAVAL, Quebec -- Brandon Bussi is having a sensational rookie season in the AHL. The Providence Bruins netminder, who started the season with the ECHL's Maine Mariners, has posted a league-best .934 save percentage through 20 games. As a result, he was named to the AHL All-Star Classic.

The former Western Michigan standout who signed an entry-level contract with the Boston Bruins as an undrafted free agent last spring is taking his career to new heights this season. 

Like all goaltenders, Bussi takes the design of his goalie mask very seriously. While at Western, he began having puzzle pieces painted onto his mask. That has continued into his pro career. The puzzle piece has become the internationally-known symbol for autism awareness as it is meant to denote the complexity of the autism spectrum.

For Bussi, this is a deeply personal cause. The 24-year-old netminder spoke with FloHockey's Chris Peters after the AHL All-Star Skills Competition and showed off his mask design, explaining what it means and why it is important to him.