Hurts to say goodbye

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

It all began with the Warriors.

So, perhaps it was fitting Brett Carson's career came to an end against Moose Jaw.

The Hitmen captain played his final junior hockey game last night as Calgary was beaten 3-1 in Game 7 at the 'Dome.

"When (the trade) happened, I was disappointed to be leaving Moose Jaw because it's never fun to get traded," said the overage d-man who logged upwards of 30 minutes a game throughout the post-season.

"But ever since I came here (GM/head coach Kelly) Kisio and the organization have treated me better than great.

"The city has been great, the fans were great. I have nothing but good things to say about my time here."

The Carolina Hurricanes prospect said he came a long way as a player in a Hitmen jersey.

"Calgary's one of the best teams at developing young guys," said the 6-ft. 5-in., 210-pounder.

"When I was 16, I was playing three shifts a game in Moose Jaw. I came here and I played in all situations."

Carson won't be the only face missing from next season's edition of the Hitmen. Fellow overagers Kris Deines and Shaden Moore also graduated last night. And goaltender Justin Pogge and defenceman Jeff Schultz, who will look to begin their pro careers next fall, are also unlikely to be back.

Kisio wasn't expecting to see either all-star back.

"We've seen the last of both of them," Kisio said. "They're too good of hockey players to come back here."

Pogge, a Toronto Maple Leafs prospect who pieced together one of the greatest seasons a junior goaltender has ever enjoyed, said he can walk away with his head up.

"I wish I had went out on a win but it was a good run here," the world junior gold medallist said.

"I've enjoyed my whole WHL career. It's a great league."


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