In a surprise move, St. John's IceCaps' winger Derek Whitmore left the team this morning to play in Germany. He's pictured here in a file photo earlier this season.
Two days after scoring his first goal as a St. John's IceCap, Derek Whitmore left the team this morning to join a team in Germany.
A 28-goal scorer for the AHL's Rochester Americans last season, Whitmore appeared in seven games for the IceCaps this season.
Whitmore was with the IceCaps on a professional try-out contract, had struggled to break into the lineup in large part because of the AHL’s veteran rule, which limits the amount of experienced players a team can dress in any game. Sunday’s game at Mile One Centre in St. john’s was just his seventh game of the season, and came after he had watched four straight contests from the press box.
“It’s been tested a lot,” Whitmore said this week about his patience level this season. “I love my teammates here. It’s a great group of guys ... and practising is something I do enjoy. But it’s definitely not been an easy year for me.”
Whitmore’s PTO was set to expire with the IceCaps’ 25th game on Dec. 11, at which time a decision would have had to be made on whether to keep the 27-year-old left-winger on the roster.
More details in Wednesday's edition of The Telegram.