Kevin Clark leaving IceCaps to play in Europe

Brendan McCarthy
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Kevin Clark

Forward Kevin Clark, one of the most popular players on the St. John's IceCaps, is leaving the team to play in with the Krefeld Penguins in Germany's elite league.

On Monday, the IceCaps and parent Winnipeg Jets announced the 25-year-old Clark was being released from his standard player contract. Clark was in the last year of a two-year American Hockey League deal.

When reached Monday afternoon, Clark said playing overseas was an option for him for some time and he had deliberated long and hard before making his decision.

He insisted his decision had nothing to with his relationship with IceCaps' head coach Keith McCambridge — "It's fine and always has been" — or with the fact St. John's playoff aspirations are slipping away. After a 7-3 loss to the Connecticut Whale Sunday, a game in which Clark scored his sixth goal of the season, the IceCaps remain in 13th place in the AHL's Eastern Conference, from which only eight teams will advance to the playoffs.

"That (the playoff picture) or our record had nothing to do with this," said Clark.

In 108 games with St. John's, the small (five-foot-eight, 180-pound) but always energetic Clark had 18 goals and 39 points. He had eight points this season.

More in Tuesday's Telegram.

bmcc@thetelegram.com

This is a corrected version.

 

 

Organizations: IceCaps, Winnipeg Jets, Winnipeg Sun

Geographic location: St. John's, Europe

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  • Pauly
    February 12, 2013 - 10:15

    Clark is also my favorite player! I will miss ya buddy. good luck

  • Brian
    February 11, 2013 - 16:53

    Huge loss for the Ice Caps....Clark was the one of the few consistent players with the team this season. His vigor and scrappiness will be sorrowly missed. He's like the little crackie ready and willing to meet and take on the greatest of foes. He's a smaller guy but fearless against the biggest of opponents. His heart is bigger than his stature! Good Luck Kevin!

  • darren
    February 11, 2013 - 14:49

    Good luck in Europe Kevin. Our loss is Europe's gain!

  • Time to Change
    February 11, 2013 - 14:38

    Leaving for a winning situation. There are no 2nd and 3rd winners just Winners and Losers. Losers need to be replaced no matter if a player or coach. There is plenty of excellent talent out there. Good Luck and hope you go to a winning situation!

  • Ryan
    February 11, 2013 - 13:27

    Who wrote this and spell checked? A monkey?

    • tom
      February 11, 2013 - 16:32

      I know. And it says on the bottom this is a corrected version. Good lord.

  • Jackie
    February 11, 2013 - 13:08

    This is sad news. Kevin Clark was my favorite player with the ice caps. I wish Kevin nothing but the best and good luck.

    • KEV-ACHIM
      February 12, 2013 - 03:12

      hi-my friend ! i think it will be a new for kevin in our city - krefeld is the home of christian ehrhoff named in our circles THE HOFF , one off the best defenders in the world MFG-KEV-ACHIM !