The goaltending situation for the Moose Jaw Warriors got a little more crowded yesterday.
Deven Dubyk practiced with the tribe for the first time Monday, joining goalies Spencer Tremblay and Brandon Stone in the fight for minutes.
Dubyk played with the tribe three years ago and says he had a range of emotions when he heard the Warriors claimed his off waivers last week. "It was a little confusing but I'm happy to be back putting that jersey back on and I'm excited to get back at it."
Dubyk says it felt odd rolling into town and going to Mosaic Place rather than the Civic Centre. "That was a great barn to play in, the atmosphere was unreal. I'm hoping that it's the same this with this barn, it's a great facility, and hopefully we can fill it and get a bunch of wins in it."
The 20 year old played in 19 games last season, posting a 2.89gaa and .908sv%, and says this is an opportunity he's been working hard for. "It's a great opportunity to play in these league, especially as an overager. I'm just going to work hard every day, battle, and get a couple wins for the team."
With the competition between the pipes tight, Dubyk says he has to be sharp if he wants the minutes and if he wants to be one of three overage players. "You have to be 100% every day and not let any bad goals in. You just have to be yourself and have fun, that's the main thing is just to have fun."
Dubyk was put on waivers by the Tigers and then went to the SJHL's Humboldt Broncos who owned his rights. He says it was a big decision to try and return to the WHL. "I'm taking it day by day and I'm competing for a starting job and overagers spot. I'm just going to take it day by day."
Late last night the Warriors placed forward Jesse Paradis on waivers, cutting down their 20 year olds to four.
Dubyk is joined by defenceman Collin Bowman and forwards Brett Lyon and Sebastian Svendsen.
The team is back on the ice this afternoon at Mosaic Place, they open the regular season Thursday at home against Brandon.
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