Dalen Kuchmey will likely never be as good of a goaltender as the great Patrick Roy but at least the OHL goalie had his own Patrick Roy moment. Not one of the good ones.
In the eventful Game 3 of the Windsor Spitfires' playoff series against the London Knights, which also included London goalie Anthony Stolarz slashing Windsor's Josh Ho-Sang in the back of the head (Stolarz was suspended eight games on Wednesday, which is obviously a massive blow at this time of the season for London) but it was a total blowout. It was so bad that Stolarz's opposing goalie, Kuchmey, pulled himself from the game.
Kuchmey was pressed into duty because his fellow goalie Alex Fotinos was not feeling well at all. Eight goals and 34 minutes later, Kuchmey was still in the game and his coach Bob Boughner didn't have much design on pulling him. So he just left the ice.
Not only did Kuchmey leave the ice, he went straight to the dressing room, changed and left the team. Not surprisingly, he said he's not going to play another game for Windsor.
Spoke to goalie Dalen Kuchmey, who said he will not be returning to the Windsor #Spitfires— Jim Parker (@winstarparker) March 26, 2014
Of course after leaving the ice and quitting on his team, as Boughner put it, they likely wouldn't have him back anyway. Question is if any other team will have him now.
Kuchmey faced 26 shots on the night and stopped only 18 of them, clearly not his or Windsor's night. Fotinos stopped 11 of 13 shots in the final 25:34 but the game was more than out of hand at that point.
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