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OHL goalie pulls himself from playoff game, exits arena

Mar 26, 2014, 9:23 AM EDT

WINDSOR, ON - MARCH 25: Chris Tierney #71 of the London Knights slides the puck past Dalen Kuchmey #30 of the Windsor Spitfires for a goal in Game 3 of their OHL Quarter-Final series on March 25, 2014 at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Getty Images

Goaltender Dalen Kuchmey, 19, was given the chance to play in his first Ontario Hockey League playoff contest last night because fellow Windsor Spitfires netminder Alex Fotinos was sick. The result was unfortunate, but it was Kuchmey’s reaction that made it unusual.

His opponents, the London Knights, scored eight goals on 26 shots by 14:26 of the second period. At that point, Kuchmey apparently had enough because he decided to skate off the ice and leave the arena entirely.

That didn’t sit well with former NHL player and current Spitfires head coach Bob Boughner.

“He quit on our team and he quit on his teammates,” Boughner said, according to the Canadian Press.

Boughner did ask Fotinos if he would be willing to go in after London took a 4-0 lead through 20 minutes. Fotinos said that he would play if called upon, but he wasn’t over the illness. When Kuchmey left, Windsor had to use Fotino, who stopped 11 of 13 shots in the 10-2 loss.

  1. pmonte3122 - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Really? How low is that?

    • drewsylvania - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:15 AM

      We weren’t all paragons of intelligence and virtue at 19….

      • ibieiniid - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:52 AM

        lol at the asshole that thinks he was, so he thumbed down you. prick.

  2. lofty35 - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    I’ve done that. In a fall league game though. It happens

  3. shannysux - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    worked out ok for Patrick Roy

    • michiganhockey11 - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:01 AM

      For the win…

      • ibieiniid - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:52 AM

        that’s not how you’re supposed to use “for the win.” just sayin.

        hey, did I see you on NHL 13 recently? name looks familiar.

  4. storminator16 - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Its junior hockey and he’s a kid. He’ll regret what he did for the rest of his life, but that his bag because he just played his last OHL game, more than likely. Folks just need to let it go and it is pointless to beat the kid up on the Internet. Bob Boughner and Windsor will need to move along from this as soon as possible. Such is life, we’ve all done some dumb stuff at that age.

  5. toiletclown - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Good for him, that dumba$$ coach should have put Fotinas in. Nobody wants to get embarrassed like that. Kudos to you kid

  6. wishingtonredslur - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    What coach leaves a goalie in for 8 goals, that is really just stupid. Stupid.

    • 101starmymedic - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:01 AM

      Yea, in his first contest no less.

      • elvispocomo - Mar 26, 2014 at 4:47 PM

        In his first contest? Do you think they’ve just played the starter all year long?

        He’s played in 36 regular season games this season, so having his first playoff start in game 3 isn’t that big a stretch. It’s not like they called up some kid from midget because they didn’t have anyone else and had to play him.

    • sabatimus - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:27 AM

      A coach who has a sick starter.

  7. ibieiniid - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    unmentioned: the other goalie in this game chopped somebody in the head with his stick (a Flyers prospect, who knew). he was ok.

    • goodolejr - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:25 PM

      Somehow, I can’t help but imagine Hextall cracking a smile after seeing THAT video.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:37 PM

        lol Hexy probably taught him that move after they drafted him.

    • elvispocomo - Mar 26, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      Yup, and a 8 game suspension to go with it.

  8. skr213 - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    I just feel bad for him. Imagine yourself in his shoes at 19.

  9. sabatimus - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Good luck finding a job with that league again.

  10. joey4id - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Eerily similar to Roy’s exit.

    Roy allowed nine goals on 26 shots (five in the first period, and then another four in the second period)

    Kuch allowed eight goals on 26 shots (four in the first period, and then another four in the second period)”

    rg3ov8, did Pierre McGuire just report this too? :-)

    • laxnhockey - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      The only thing remotely similar is they are both goalies, beyond that it’s nothing at all like Roy’s exit.

      St. Patrick had two Stanley Cups, two Conn Smythe, three Vezina’s and four Jenning’s Trophies to his credit and was the premier NHL goalie of the era. This kid has achieved nothing and is only 19 playing in the minors.

      St. Patrick was in a veritable power struggle with the new coach, Mario Tremblay who was trying to prove it was his team, not St. Patrick’s. We now know just how wrong Tremblay was with his ego trip and how he and Houle decimated a very talented young team.

  11. shwatson - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    He couldn’t take the heat so he got of the Kitchen.😁

  12. slysipops - Mar 26, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    unfortunately …he probably stamped CAREER – OVER on his resume !

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