Warriors release Tremblay

Matthew Gourlie
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The Moose Jaw Warriors settled their goaltending situation Saturday when they released Spencer Tremblay.

Tremblay was the only returning goaltender in camp, but last season’s back-up netminder was supplanted by 1995-born goalies Justin Paulic and Daniel Wapple.

“It’s like any other tough decision at this time of year, we had three goaltenders and they all had performed well. We just felt that, at the end of the day, where we rated them Paulic and Wapple were ahead of Spencer,” said Warriors general manager Alan Millar.

Tremblay, who will turn 18 on Thursday, made 20 appearances last season with the Warriors. He posted a 7-4-2-1 record and picked up a shutout. He had a .896 save percentage and a 3.62 goals-against-average.

He stopped 22 of the 23 shots he faced Friday in Brandon before being released the following day.

With Wapple, Paulic and top pick Zach Sawchenko all on their list, the Warriors decided to give Tremblay his outright release and allow him to pursue other opportunities.

“We talked to some teams in the league and there was a little bit of interest going into training camp, but no teams really stepped up in the last few days,” said Millar. “We felt it would be best for Spencer to be outright released so he could have the opportunity to be a free agent and go wherever there was an opportunity for him.”

Paulic made one start at the end of the regular season last year before starting the Warriors final two playoff games — earning a win and a loss — in the Eastern Conference finals against Edmonton.

Wapple was the Sask. Midget AAA Hockey League’s first-team all-star goalie after his season with the Saskatoon Blazers.

Organizations: AAA Hockey League

Geographic location: Brandon, Sask.

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  • Sean Burke
    September 18, 2012 - 17:52

    To Hank that talks about the miss curfew in the Playoff, I can tell you that it is absolutly not the case that Justin got the start because Spencer had missed curfew since Tremblay did not miss any curfew. Also, unproven backup, are you kidding me< Tremblay during the games that he played has demonstrated that he is a WHL goalie. Even in defeat he ended up getting one of the 3 star more often than none. Agree with your comment about not much value, that is why they should have released him in the summer instead of right now where he has no where to go since they knew since June that it was their plan.

    • Hank
      September 19, 2012 - 16:00

      I believe what i was told from a very reliable person. If he played as well as you say all season, then why would they start an unproven 16 yr old with their season on the line? They wouldn't I do agree with you about the release though. If he did indeed ask for it this summer, they should have let him go. He might have trouble finding a place to play now

  • s
    September 17, 2012 - 17:25

    Right move. Whether they could of traded him...who knows. Value would of been low. Paulic/Wapple have way more upside. Plus Sawchenko coming. I can see Paulic or Wapple getting traded to make room next year for the young kid. Now we need to upgrade our 20 yr olds. Bourhis isn't the answer Zero goals in three years in the WHL. I am sure there will be a better 20 year old coming available when teams need to get their lists down.

  • Hank
    September 17, 2012 - 15:34

    No surprise here. Tremblay sealed his own fate last year in the playoffs when he got benched for skipping curfew. That's why Paulic got the starts and he played well. Not much of a trade market for an unproven backup goalie

    • k
      September 18, 2012 - 15:52

      Wow, are you misinformed. Never missed a curfew, so really would like to know who is feeding you your info.. Back to the point, if he was so unmarketable why did they not release him in the spring when he asked? Really did him no favours. You also need to look at Paulic's stats from last year - my money is on Wapple.

    • Sean Burke
      September 18, 2012 - 17:42

      To the Gentleman that talks about the miss curfew in the Playoff, I can tell you that it is absolutly not the case.

  • SP
    September 17, 2012 - 12:06

    Are you kidding me, worst decision ever. Hope Tremblay lands somewhere as he is a very good goalie as demonstrated time and time again last year. Sean

  • Roxanne
    September 17, 2012 - 09:26

    GM had the opportunity to trade and didn't - COLD

  • lb
    September 16, 2012 - 15:41

    gourlie, You barely touched on the real story; the goalie battle has just begun. Wapple and Paulic will have to battle it out to see if Wapple can knock Paulic from the starting position and secure a place next year when they bring up their new draft pick, Zach Sawchenko. As Wapple and Paulic were already promised this year, Tremblay was never in. He asked for a trade last year, guess the question should be why didn't they trade him when there was interest? Why hold on , missing opportunities, only to release him?

  • Kathy
    September 16, 2012 - 14:10

    Bad decision

    • Richard
      September 17, 2012 - 16:01

      Paulic will be the number 1 goalie but I think is too young to carry this team all year. Wapple is not quite ready yet to fulfill his roll as the backup goalie. Mr. Millar might have to complete a trade to get an older and more experienced goalie for the backup or number 1 position as needed. I agree that Tremblay should have been traded last year when the Warriors could of gotten a decent big forward player.