Friday, December 21, 2007

Talk about a callup

With goaltender Dwayne Roloson sidelined due to the flu, the Edmonton Oilers have signed University of Alberta Golden Bears goaltender Aaron Sorochan to an NHL amateur try-out agreement. The 6'0", 180-pound native of Edmonton will dress as back-up to Mathieu Garon for tonight's Oilers game versus the New Jersey Devils at Rexall Place.
>> team release
From CIS to the NHL.

What would be really interesting is if Sorochan gets a chance in goal tonight to showcase what one of the better university 'tenders can do against top flight competition. He was an all-Canadian last season and has a 59-17-2 (.769) career record with the Golden Bears.

Sorochan also played five years in the WHL, where he put up a few pretty decent seasons with Vancouver and Lethbridge.

A similar callup situation took place in Vancouver a few years back when University of British Columbia netminder Chris Levesque was Johan Hedberg's backup in an emergency callup situation.

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At 6:41 p.m., December 21, 2007, Anonymous cl said...

In the Canucks game about 4 years ago, Hedberg actually fractured his wrist or hand or something while flying out to the blue line to intercept a pass. (I think he even missed a bunch of games afterward.) He finished the game despite the injury, unfortunately.

At 6:46 p.m., December 21, 2007, Blogger islesblogger said...

I am pretty sure the Islanders had to call up someone from the Florida Ice Pilots two years ago because both Snow and DiPietro were injured. He backed up Dubielewicz.

At 6:51 p.m., December 21, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Mike: ECHL netminders get into games every once in a while every year (it happened with the Kings last season), but this kid's on an amateur tryout contract.

Players go from the ECHL to the NHL all the the time, but CIS hockey? Those guys never get a sniff of the big leagues. (Heck, they're busy writing term papers and such.)

At 7:11 p.m., December 21, 2007, Anonymous Karina said...

Haha, I remember when the Canucks had the UBC goalie! He looked stunned sitting on the bench. And remember when Hedberg was down and in pain? Yeah, the UBC guy looked like he was about to throw up.

But that was a good chunk of change for him. Great story to tell the grandkids!

At 7:14 p.m., December 21, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He may get a shot because Jersey is going to slap the taste out of Edmonton's mouth tonight.

At 8:11 p.m., December 21, 2007, Blogger Doogie said...

First Hitmen game I went to with my Dad in ten years was a double-OT thriller against Sorochan's Hurricanes. Seeing the name earlier today was a little jarring.

At 8:34 p.m., December 21, 2007, Anonymous baroque said...

I remember the college goalie - he was still on campus stuying for exams in the library when they tracked him down. He said the strangest thing was getting dressed and all the Canucks were introducing themselves, as though he hadn't seen them play on television before.

He was looking forward to having the coolest room on campus with the mementos from his Vancouver stint, as I recall. :)

At 9:10 p.m., December 21, 2007, Blogger Andy Grabia said...


At 2:56 p.m., December 22, 2007, Blogger islesblogger said...


Mistake on my part - even more interesting!


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