Ex-Winterhawks 'tender bitter'

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:19 AM ET

Goaltender Kurtis Mucha had paid his dues.

And after three years of facing more rubber than any other 'tender in the league, the puckstopper was happy the doormat Portland Winterhawks were finally turning the corner.

But, just as the Hawks returned to being competitive, they shipped Mucha off to the Kamloops Blazers on the weekend.

The trade came as a shock to Mucha, 20, who has played his entire career with the Winterhawks and holds nearly every goalie record there.

"It's tough," Mucha told the Kamloops Daily News. "I was pretty much a (target) here for three years. I put in my time and waited for the good times, and when the good times came, they sent me out of here.

"It definitely leaves a little bit of bad taste in your mouth, no question about that."

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The Winterhawks also traded center Colin Reddin to the Prince Albert Raiders yesterday for a fourth-round bantam pick.


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