By Garry McKay
The Hamilton Spectator
He didn’t get to play a game, and his team lost, but the American Hockey League playoffs weren’t a total loss for goaltender Dan Turple.
The 22-year-old Hamilton native was the Chicago Wolves’ third-string goaltender, called up to be a black ace, once his season in the ECHL with the Gwinnett Gladiators was done.
“I would love to be in Chicago next year and this experience has helped me get adjusted to the skill of the players at this level,” Turple said. “This is almost a tryout for all the guys who are in the same position as me. You know you’re not going to play but if you work hard, they’re going to remember that come next year when they’re deciding between you and another guy.”
The 6-foot-6, 220-pounder admits he was disappointed in his first year of pro hockey with the Duluth, Ga.-based Gladiators, where he was 18-13-2 with a 3.77 GAA and an .879 save percentage.