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December 28th, 2009 · 1 Comment

by Kris Gray

What in the world is veteran NHL goalie Dan Cloutier doing in Rockford, IL you ask?


The 33 yr old family man took a few minutes to answer few questions after practice on Tuesday. Cloutier recently signed a professional tryout with the AHL Rockford IceHogs. Cloutier has not played professionally in the past 18 months and has had two surgeries to his hip. He also spent some time as assistant coach to the CHL Corpus Christi IceRays along side his brother, Sylvain, who was the Head Coach.

First and foremost, Cloutier was NOT signed by the IceHogs to replace number one net minder Corey Crawford. Crawford is currently sidelined with a lower body injury that has apparently been plaguing him since the end of last season. Cloutier also was NOT signed nor brought in to play for the Chicago Blackhawks.

When first asked “Why Rockford, IL?”, Cloutier replied that it was the best fit for his family right now. He attended fall training camp with the Detroit Red Wings and had received multiple offers from teams in Europe to play this season. With a two year old at home and his wife expecting their second child, he felt it would be unfair to leave his family behind at this time if he chose to accept an offer in Europe. So, he decided to wait to see if anything opened up close to home this past November. On the very same day he got the call from the Rockford IceHogs, he had also received calls from two other teams in North America.

He adamantly denies receiving any pressure from the IceHogs organization in regards to getting back into game ready shape. He goes on to state that the IceHogs have been really great to him, allowing him to take his time getting into game ready form. The IceHogs have brought their Goaltending Coach, Wade Flaherty, back to town this week to work specifically with Cloutier.

Cloutier made his starting debut with the IceHogs…December 6th and played a total of 26:22 minutes in the game before receiving a Match penalty for roughing from Referee David Danfield. Cloutier took offense to being run over by Manitoba Moose player, Guillaume Desbiens. A line brawl ensued, which Cloutier participated in against Desbiens. Cloutier states he has always been competitive and doesn’t back down. The AHL Announced on Monday December 7th that Cloutier received a one game suspension for his actions in the game on December 6th.

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1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Terri // Jan 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Good to see you are still yourself…and glad to see you playing again…good luck Dan…from a fan from Guelph

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