Tuesday, October 12, 2010


By Station Nation Staff

Despite what you may have heard Karel St. Laurent did not walk out on the team nor was he removed from the bench during Sunday’s 5-2 win over the Montreal Juniors at Harbour Station.

Instead, it was nothing more than a freaky and bizarre coincidence.

Saint John Sea Dogs play-by-play man Tim Roszell went on News 88.9/News 91.9’s "The Drive" earlier this evening, clarifying the events that took place during Sunday’s match. Although it looked as though St. Laurent was removed from the team’s bench following news of De Serres’ arrival – he was not.

As it turns out, the 20-year old net minder left the bench because of an illness and did not feel well enough to sit on the bench. Roszell also said that St. Laurent chose to not stick around on his folding chair in order to keep his teammates healthy. He did not return to the bench after the first period.

It certainly is a bizarre incident because as news broke from Brandon about the Sea Dogs claiming De Serres off waivers from the Western Hockey League’s Wheat Kings, St. Laurent just so happened to disappear from the Sea Dogs bench area.

The timing for the illness could not have been worse.

“ST. LAURENT was dressed the whole game but was ill and sat with a bucket between his knees,” wrote a commenter in Sea Dogs Postscript on Sunday.

Roszell did not mention when the team broke the news to St. Laurent that his services would no longer be required.

Over the past 48 hours, there have been some crazy rumors about the goaltender storming out the back door in anger over the situation. Obviously, those don’t appear to be true.

During tonight’s broadcast on News 88.9, it was reported that St. Laurent was collecting his belongings at Harbour Station today. It’s not clear where the goaltender will play for the remainder of the season, but it was mentioned that he may play at a lower level in Quebec or try some kind of University route.

Frederic Piche started in goal while De Serres backed him up tonight. The former WHLer will likely get the start in Saturday's game against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.

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