Tuesday, October 15, 2013

LaCouvee Off To The Dog Pound In Alberni Valley:

The news that Connor LaCouvee is a Alberni Valley Bulldog became official today, and while the move is understandable, it is tough to see Connor go from Merritt. He is a great guy with a great talent in the pipes, and he will now have a chance to excel in Alberni Valley! 

Russell Sanderson remains on the Cents IR until late-October, and with Kristian Stead set as the lone AP 'tender, he should back up Devin Kero until Sanderson is ready to hit the ice in game action. I say should because Stead also plays in the KIJHL, and may not be semi-permanently available.

Connor and I recently had a long conversation about how to properly pronounce his last name and we settled with the following: LAH... LUH.... Say it however you please he says, but aim for 'LAH-COO-VAY'!  

Good luck, Connor!

Official release:

The Merritt Centennials have traded the playing rights of 1994-born goaltender Connor LaCouvee to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs (BCHL) in exchange for future considerations.

Connor was 4-0 this season with a 2.24 GAA and .918 save percentage, after coming to the Centennials from the Grande Prairie Storm (AJHL) earlier this seaseon.

"This was a very difficult deal to make. Connor was an outstanding goaltender for us over the past month and is an exceptional young man. Our loyalty to both Russell and Devin dictated that we give them the opportunity that we said we would at the beginning of the year." said Head Coach Luke Pierce.

LaCouvee spent the 2012/13 season with the Cowichan Valley Capitals, and the Qualicum Beach, BC product now has an opportunity to play close to home.

"Connor deserves to be a starting goaltender in this league and we hope he will now get that opportunity. We want to thank Connor for his contribution to our hockey club and we wish him all the best in Alberni Valley." Pierce concluded.

The entire Centennials organization would like to wish Connor good luck with the Bulldogs, and look forward to seeing him on February 8th in Merritt!

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