Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Jesse Pauls Retires

The Victoria Royals issued this press release concerning Defenseman Jesse Pauls.

Jesse Pauls
"The Victoria Royals announce today that defenceman Jesse Pauls has retired from hockey. The Chilliwack, BC native informed Royals’ General Manager and Head Coach Marc Habscheid on Wednesday morning of his decision. 

 “I am very disappointed that I have to retire from hockey at this point in my career,” Pauls said. “I want to thank my family, the Victoria Royals and the Western Hockey League for the support they have shown me and for allowing me the opportunity to compete at this level.”

#23 Jesse Pauls
The Chilliwack, BC native began his WHL career with the Chilliwack Bruins in 2009, recording five assists in 13 games played during his rookie season. He went on to play 21 games for the Bruins during the 2010-2011 season, where he registered 14 points (1G+13A) in 21 games played. This season as a member of the Royals, Pauls had 12 points (3G+9A) in 26 games."  

With Keegan Kanzig returning from the U-17's it'll give the Royals 6 active rearguards.  Kanzig had two penalty minutes in five games played and Pacific finished fifth overall.  Carolina draft pick Tyler Stahl has missed 36 games due to injury and a timeline on his return is uncertain

The Royals continue their current homestand on Friday, January 6th when they welcome their B.C. Division rival the Kelowna Rockets for the first of a two game set.

I talked with Head Coach & GM of the Royals, Marc Habscheid after practice this morning concerning the 9-4 loss to the Hitmen last night.

Here are captain Hayden Rintoul's comments after practice this morning: