Tantrum opened door for goalie

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:58 AM ET

OTTAWA -- Thomas McCollum, the top ranked goaltending prospect in North America, never really intended to be a goalie.

He was kind of thrust into the position as a kid, after a temper tantrum.

Not his. The kid who played goal for his team before him.

"We were playing at Lakeshore Arena in New York and were up 1-0," said the Guelph 'keeper, who's projected to be a sure-fire starter in the NHL.

QUICK GOALS

"The other team scored two quick goals and our goalie freaked out and left."

Quit right then and there. In the middle of a game.

"They were backdoor goals that he couldn't do anything about, so the coach called time out to settle things down," said McCollum.

"He came to the bench and the coach told him to relax, take a deep breath.

"I guess he must have thought it was all his fault. So he left. Right in the middle of the game. Freaked out and left."

Everybody on the bench just kind of looked at each other.

"We all kind of stood there. What do we do now? Then somebody said 'I guess we're pulling our goalie for the rest of the game.' We ended up losing 9-1."

LIKED THE LOOK

They needed a new goalie for the next game, and since McCollum liked the look of goalie equipment, he volunteered.

"I ended up playing the next game, which was about a week later, so I was able to get some practices in.

"Before that, I never really wanted to play goalie. I thought the equipment was cool and all that - that helped drive me to it.

"It turned out pretty well for me so I'm not going to complain about it," he said.


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