Auld calls it a career
Thunder Bay’s Alex Auld has turned in his mask and blocker for good.
The former NHL goaltender joined Sportsnet as a guest hockey analysist this week to discuss the Vancouver Canucks’ current goaltending situation. He told Sportsnet host James Cybulski his playing days were over.
“We made the decision to retire this off-season,” Auld said. “We’re trying to decide where to go and settle down. The west coast kept pulling back. Vancouver has been the perfect fit and it’s just been unbelievable.”
Auld, who spent his formative years in Thunder Bay, was a veteran of the Thunder Kings program. He was a member of the 1997 Ontario AAA bantam championship squad that included fellow future regular NHLers Patrick Sharp and Taylor Pyatt. Auld then played in the Ontario Hockey League followed by a 12-year pro stint in the NHL with stops in Vancouver, Florida, Phoenix, Boston, Dallas, the New York Rangers, Montreal and Ottawa.
Auld stopped pucks for the Canucks for three seasons before being traded for Florida in a deal that brought Robert Luongo out west.
The 32-year-old Auld last played in the league for the Senators in 2012 and spent last season with Salzburg EC of the Austrian loop. He also represented Canada at world championship and Spengler Cup tournaments.
Auld posted a 91-88-2 record with a goals-against average of 2.80 in 237 NHL games.