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.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'm done with it, which is sad," Aulin told the Sun prior to asking police to press charges.
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.