Ice hockey goalkeeper surprised Grizzlies Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg goalkeeper Chet Pickard drinks from a bottle on the ice.  (Image: dpa) Photo: Andreas Gora/dpa

Wolfsburg goalkeeper Chet Pickard drinks from a bottle on the ice. (Image: dpa)
(Photo: Andreas Gora/dpa)

Wolfsburg – Ice hockey goalkeeper Chet Pickard from the Grizzlys Wolfsburg has ended his career and informed his club from the German Ice Hockey League that, despite an ongoing contract until 2023, he will not return to Germany from his native Canada after the summer vacation.

This decision came “extremely suddenly and completely surprisingly”, said the Wolfsburg company in a press release.

As a replacement, the 2021 DEL finalist immediately signed 36-year-old Justin Pogge from the Kölner Haien. The former junior world champion from Canada was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2004. Later he played in Europe for four Swedish clubs and the Eisbären Berlin, among others. The Wolfsburg team signed 21-year-old Ennio Albrecht from Oberliga side Blue Devils Weiden as the third goalkeeper behind national goalkeeper Dustin Strahlmeier and Pogge.

“The news of Chet’s retirement hit us like lightning. We accept such a decision, which was certainly not easy. The way in which we were only informed of this at the end of June without prior notice is unacceptable to me,” said Wolfsburg sports director and managing director Karl-Heinz Fliegauf. Pogge and Albrecht’s commitments are “the best possible solution to this unpredictable goalkeeper situation”.

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