"Alex Burrows flew with us. It was good timing, he wanted to see the city and his friends. We got dinner and walked through the city and it was funny that he got so recognized, like a rockstar. I thought that was pretty cool."
Since his arrival in Vancouver, Roussel has quickly become a fan favourite for his vehement defence of his teammates and the city. When the Montreal Canadiens came to Rogers Arena in December, Roussel raised eyebrows with his criticism of the Habs jerseys in the crowd, saying, "to be honest, I hate that. There are too many red jerseys here. It pisses me off they way they feel like it's their home. It's our home. Get the hell out of here."
Along with his antics off the ice, Roussel had a career season in 2018/19 with 31 points in 65 games - despite missing the last month of the season with a knee injury - and was the recipient of the Canucks' Fred J. Hume award for Unsung Hero, as voted by the fans.
Moments after his much-anticipated return to the game on December 3rd, Roussel put the puck past former Canucks goaltender Anders Nilsson, followed by a celly to the skies, saluting Alex Burrows in the Ring of Honour.
This season, Roussel has also found inspiration in the changing actions of the fans.
"I found that the fans stay more at the end of the game. We stay and salute the crowd at the end and I think the team wasn't doing that before. You don't see many people leave before the game ends, it's pretty cool."
Since moving to the city in 2018, Roussel has fallen in love with Vancouver, on and off the ice. He says the seawall is a family favourite, particularly amongst his kids.
"We love the seawall. Biking, taking the kids outdoors. I could really see myself living here after my career."
While most of the Canucks call Vancouver a second home, there are a select few who know Vancouver like the back of their hands.
One of them is Richmond, BC native Troy Stecher. Before signing with the Canucks in 2016, he played three seasons with the Penticton Vees of the BCHL before heading to the University of North Dakota for three more seasons.
"I lived at my friend's place for five years in the summertime when I'd come back [from junior], at Oak and 41st so kind of Vancouver proper, near Queen Elizabeth Park. So it wasn't far from downtown, so I'd kind of experience all the same things I did as a kid, like go to Canadians games, Whitecaps games in the summer, ride the seawall. For me, it was just coming home"