Dawson Creek Senior Canucks' goaltender Lincoln Carriere announced this week that he's 'retiring' from the team and the North Peace Hockey League for a new work opportunity in Alberta.
Carriere will be working out of Hardisty, Alberta and his departure means the Sr. Canucks will have a pretty big hole to fill between the pipes and in the dressing room.
"Lincoln was a great guy, a good character in the dressing room and a good leader on the team. We're going to miss him," said Sr. Canucks' coach Duncan Redfearn on Sunday.
"The gist of it is he's one of the leaders in the dressing room so we're going to miss him, but he's got to go to work and we understand that," he added. "That's what this league is about, accommodating work schedules and guys who have families, so it is what it is and we'll try to adapt."
This means that the other half of Dawson Creek's goalie tandem, J.B. Agar, will be going it alone until the team finds a replacement, which they've been actively looking for since they knew this was coming down the pipe a couple of weeks back.
"Hopefully another goalie will come forward," Redfearn said.
"Fortunately it's still fairly early in the season. It's not like we're rolling into playoffs looking for another goalie and that's beneficial, but in the end you hate to lose a guy like Lincoln. We had two pretty strong goalies this season so it's disappointing, but it is the nature of this league. Work is the most important for the players and they have to provide for their families, so you can't get to hung up on it."
Carriere made light of his departure, saying he's 'retiring' from the NPHL with a 1-1 record, a .834 save percentage and 7.5 GAA.
All jokes aside, however, he knows the team will be in good hands with Agar between the pipes.
"The boys will be [fine]," Carriere said. "J.B. is doing a great job for them."
A few goalies have been coming out to practice with the Sr. Canucks already, but while goalies aren't so hard to find, commitment to the NPHL can be.
"A couple of guys have come out already and started skating with us. It's just about finding people who can commit, because it is a big time commitment especially with a goalie because you have to be there," Redfearn explained. "You always want to have two goalies at a game.
"It's great for [Agar]. He's getting lots of ice time and playing very well, but you're going to need a break and injuries can happen, so you want to have that flexibility to have another goalie there just in case."
Redfearn adds that if players are interested in the goaltending position with the Sr. Canucks to come down to practice Wednesday nights at 9:30 p.m. or talk to himself or team captain Adam Loncan.
The Sr. Canucks next game will be Thursday, Dec. 5 in Grande Prairie.
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