Giants Now Slade-less

slade.jpgVancouver’s always seemed like a black hole for goalies, we didn’t think this really went past the NHL but this week the Vancouver Giants have lost their goalie and it’s big news around the WHL.

Unhappy with his role of splitting Vancouver’s netminding duties with 17-year-old Tyson Sexsmith, Slade said he’d rather pursue a professional gig in the East Coast Hockey League than sit on the bench every other game in the “Dub.” [vancouversun]

Slade is 9-1-1-1 this year and helped the team win the Memorial Cup last year. He’s second in the league in goal against average, save percentage and career shut outs. Slade is obviously frustrated, not getting nearly as many starts as he’d like.

Tyson Sexsmith (now the lone goalie listed on the team’s website) is currently 11-1-0-0 and right behind Slade in the standings. For once a Vancouver team’s got a great starting goalie and a just-as-great backup. But Slade is unhappy and sports columnists are having a field day. Instead of being bitter, we really should wish our star goalie the best of luck, especially since he’s taking a real gamble.

…by leaving the Giants, Slade assures himself of nothing. The club still holds his rights, so he can’t sign of his own accord with another WHL club if his professional aspirations don’t pan out.[vancouversun]

The Giants sit atop the Western Conference right now and heading into a four game road trip, starting with Spokane tomorrow [vancouvergiants]

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