SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside Western Capitals have made a major roster move.
Goaltender Brodie Barrick, who played the last two seasons with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), is headed to the Capitals for the 2014-15 MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) season.
“We’ve heard good things about Brodie, both his character and his play,” said Capitals general manager Pat McIver. “With (returning sophomore) Alex Kelly being a year older and having an established guy who has lots of experience, we feel pretty good going into the season that we’re going to be strong in net.”
Barrick, who was born in Welland, Ont., had a 5-15-0-1 (won-lost-overtime losses-shootout losses) record in 25 games last season on a team that finished with an OHL-worst 17-44-2-5 mark.
“Being from Ontario it’s every kid’s dream to play in the Ontario Hockey League,” said Barrick, who turns 20 on Nov. 11. “It was a great two-year experience for me.
“I’m very excited to spend my last year of junior in Summerside.”
Barrick is looking to enjoy both personal and team success with the Capitals, who are coming off a surprising 24-23-2-3 regular-season record a year ago after hosting the 2013 RBC Cup Canadian junior A hockey championship.
“I haven’t done a whole lot of winning in my junior career, and I’m very fortunate to have the opportunity to go to Summerside,” Barrick told the Journal Pioneer in a phone interview.
When asked how things unfolded with the Caps, Barrick referred to his first conversation with McIver.
“He walked me through the program, told me he had a deal in place with my former junior A team (Carleton Place Canadians), gave me some information on Summerside and things sort of took off from there,” continued Barrick.
At six-foot-one and 170 pounds, Barrick describes himself as a hybrid goaltender.
“I wouldn’t say I’m a stand-up or butterfly (style),” continued Barrick. “I like to battle and put myself in position to make that easy first save, and not give out too many rebounds.”
Barrick is also looking to assume a leadership role.
“I found in my years of junior, whether I was playing 60 games a year or 10 games, I like to be a guy on and off the ice who is a leader,” said Barrick. “I would like to help some of the younger guys because I had guys in my first and second year that certainly made things a lot easier for me. It goes a long way.”
McIver acknowledged a lot of work went into acquiring Barrick, but he feels the effort will be well worth it.
“From all our reports from the guys we’ve talked to this guy should be one of the top guys in our league this year,” added McIver. “He’s a guy that other teams were trying to get, and he’s already talking to some universities in the Maritimes.
“We think he’s going to be a really good one for us.”
Sarnia Sting (OHL)
Goals-against average (GAA): 5.46
Save percentage: .865
Sarnia Sting (OHL)
Save percentage: .899
Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL)
Save percentage: .882