Calgary goaltender on outside looking in

ANGELA MACISAAC -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:00 AM ET

Joel Martin wanted to make the cut. But he didn't hear his name on the last night of the camp in Vernon last July.

So, instead of being in Mississauga, Ont., tonight for the finale of CBC's Making the Cut (8 p.m.), he'll be getting ready for tomorrow's United Hockey League tilt against the Richmond RiverDogs.

Oh, he'd much rather be taking the time away from his Kalamazoo Wings for a shot at one of six tryouts with a Canadian NHL team.

"I went there to win and I didn't," Martin said via telephone. "I'm just trying to take some positive things out of there."

The goalie who hails from Three Hills said the two-week experience was beyond compare.

"Hockey-wise, it was great to have that opportunity and, personally, to meet so many good players and great guys," he said.

But the competition between the pipes was just too tight.

Michael Mole of Moncton, N.B., and Trevor Cunning of Van Kleek Hill, Ont., beat out the goalie who finished his WHL career with the Calgary Hitmen.

"All eight goalies were great," Martin said. "Every time there was a cut, I know I was never comfortable and I don't think any of the other guys were either."


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