Monday, July 16, 2007

Aulin attacked in summer league

I missed this when it was in the Calgary Sun last week, but apparently former top NHL prospect Jared Aulin is ready to throw in the towel after an ugly incident in a summer hockey league:
Eight games into a stint in the Non Contact Hockey League's top division, the 25-year-old says he's likely played his last hockey game following a stick-swinging incident that landed him in the hospital with a concussion, swollen carotid artery and a pail full of painkillers.

"I'm done with it, which is sad," Aulin told the Sun prior to asking police to press charges.
Yikes. Back in Kamloops, I played in a few of the summer leagues (although I'd be more of the 'E' Division calibre if there were tiers like the one Aulin plays in), and we'd get lots of young AHL and ECHL prospects in the league (like Tyler Redenbach) when they'd come home for the off-season. Those guys were never the problem, but hotheads who worked on local construction sites or at the mill would often challenge them to fights, etc., despite the "non-contact" nature of those games.

I watched Aulin play in his days as the captain of the Kamloops Blazers in junior hockey, and he's a guy who should, at the very least, have a productive career in the AHL. Hopefully he reconsiders calling it quits.


At 5:36 p.m., July 16, 2007, Blogger saskhab said...

A bit off topic, but still related... what happened to the Dominik Hasek case from a few years back when he allegedly assaulted another player in a road hockey league?

Sad, but unfortunately fitting, end to a promising career for Aulin. He deserved a lot better.

At 5:53 p.m., July 16, 2007, Anonymous beingbobbyorr said...

September 2003, I was standing right next to the glass at a Kings pre-training camp rookie scrimmage game against the Ducks or Yotes prospects (time flies, along with my memory) when Aulin came to the defense of teammate Mike Cammaleri and badly injured his shoulder in the ensuing dust-up. I wondered right then if I'd witnessed his NHL potential go in the dumpster. I'm sorry it couldn't have worked out better for him. He was exceptionally friendly in talking to fans at Kings prospect camps.

At 10:59 p.m., July 16, 2007, Anonymous vadim sharifijanov said...

i feel bad for the guy. you get guys who can't play the game for a living taking runs at high calibre players just so they can tell their buddies that they did it. it's hard for all of us to let go of our childhood dreams. too bad aulin's had to come at the expense of someone who couldn't come to terms with his own instead of on his own terms.

At 10:14 p.m., July 22, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sadly, a player with a lot of potential to be an outstanding player ran into a lot of bad luck. First, after being hit in the same knee three games in a row he was injured and put on IR, the same morning he was called up. Then the next September he, as was mentioned, came to the defense of Cammalleri, who unbeknownst to him, the Ducks Shane O'Brien was coming after from behind. In the scuffle Jared's shoulder and, if I remember correctly, some chest muscles were badly injured. Unfortunately, from what I've read he never completely recovered from those injuries. I wish him well in any endeavors he might undertake in the future. He is a very nice person and an athlete who should have had more.


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