By Linda Hamilton
Deseret Morning News
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – Rob McVicar spent the last hockey season feeling a bit like a puppet.
Someone from above yanked a string, and he landed in AHL Manitoba. They yanked again, and he was with the NHL Canucks in Vancouver. They yanked again, saving money against the league’s salary cap by doing so, and he was back in Manitoba, then back up with Vancouver a day or so later, then back to Manitoba.
Then ECHL Victoria, where he at least got to play, got to be in one place long enough to practice.
“It was kind of hard to get settled,” said the 6-foot-4 fourth-year pro goaltender.
Now he’s with the Utah Grizzlies of his own accord, having signed for a 2006-07 season that he hopes will give him a stable home, “Where I can be part of a team from start to finish.”
While it would be easy to be discouraged after being released last month by Vancouver, McVicar chooses to see his time with the Grizzlies as new life.
“(The Canucks) were just putting me wherever they felt like, wherever they had a hole, as a utility goalie more than anything,” McVicar said following a recent Grizzlies’ training-camp practice.
“I know I have an opportunity here. I know I have the skill to play at the next level. It’s just a matter of getting the right situation, putting up some numbers and finding the right team that believes in you,” said McVicar.