Cedric Paquette takes Stanley Cup dining to new level with shrimp poutine

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Cedric Paquette takes his Quebec heritage seriously.
Cedric Paquette takes his Quebec heritage seriously.

The Stanley Cup has been through a lot of Quebec the last week or so, from Mathieu Joseph dining on some classic poutine, to Yanni Gourde enjoying some sweet maple taffy made in hockey’s greatest trophy. But now, Cedric Paquette has taken it to a whole different level of Quebecois delicacy.

The former Tampa Bay Lightning forward dove into some shrimp poutine served in the Cup this week.

Still getting his one special day with the trophy after getting traded last summer to the Ottawa Senators and ending his 2020-21 season with the Carolina Hurricanes, Pacquette decided to take up that opportunity and show the world his local eats.

The 28-year-old forward was born in Gaspé, Que., a small town of roughly 15,000 people, located at one of the most eastern parts of the province that hangs into the Atlantic Ocean and the Maritimes. Within seconds of a Google search about this concoction, it appears to be a very regional-specific dish. A balance between being a coastal town with access to piles of fresh seafood, but still being in Quebec and that foundation of the poutine.

And while it is unclear how exactly the shrimp poutine that Pacquette had was constructed, a Gaspé restaurant, Bistro-Bar le Brise-Bise, describes their shrimp poutine as fries, white seafood sauce, shrimp, and green onions. Within the 10-second video put out on the Lightning’s Twitter account, it’s hard to determine whether or not that was the same, but all you can say is that there were certainly no green onions visible in the clip. Is Pacquette doing it all wrong, then? We have to ask the question.

Whether or not that’s true shrimp poutine in the bowl of the Stanley Cup, Pacquette boosted his Quebecois-ness by signing a one-year deal with the Montreal Canadiens this summer.

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