SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals are now in the hunt for a goaltender.
That’s because former Charlottetown Islander Daryl MacCallum of Sherwood is headed back to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
“Daryl MacCallum was traded yesterday (Wednesday) to Val-d’Or by Chicoutimi,” explained Capitals general manager Pat McIver on Thursday night. “Val-d’Or wanted him as an affiliate goalie and insurance policy.
“In order to do that they had to put him on waivers today (Thursday). He was claimed by Cape Breton and Daryl has decided to leave our team and go to Cape Breton for the rest of the season.”
McIver said it’s “disappointing” for the organization to lose the 19-year-old MacCallum, especially so close to Sunday’s 10 p.m. roster deadline and after the Caps “worked hard for a long time” to grant his trade request to Summerside.
The Capitals acquired the 19-year-old MacCallum’s MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) rights from the Yarmouth Mariners on Nov. 14 in exchange for goaltender Alex Kelly, forward Mike Snow and defenceman Sacha Guay.
MacCallum had a 4-2 (won-lost) record, a 2.52 goals-against average and .920 save percentage in eight games.
McIver confirmed the Caps have four open cards going into Sunday’s deadline.
“We had plans for those four cards and a goaltender wasn’t one of them,” said McIver. “It’s unfortunate, it’s a little bit of a setback for the team, but we’ll be fine, we will find one (goaltender).”