Former Vancouver Canuck Eddie Lack takes hiatus from professional hockey

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      Eddie Lack had a rough 2018-19 season.

      Well, he’s actually had a rough few years since leaving the Vancouver Canucks.

      Having put up a .921 save percentage in 41 games with the Canucks in 2014-15, some were surprised when he was dealt to the Carolina Hurricanes for a third-round pick (Guillaume Brisebois) and a seventh (Brett McKenzie).

      But he wasn’t able to put up the same numbers in Raleigh the next season, posting a .901 save percentage and a 12-14-6 record.

      Things never got much better from there, as Lack battled injuries and inconsistency. He would only play 27 more games in the NHl over the next three seasons. Last year, as a member of the New Jersey Devils organization, he only got into six games with the team’s AHL affiliate in Binghamton.

      And, in the end, it was health that caused him to put (what he is apparently hoping will be a temporary) end to his career, instead taking a gig as the goalie coach for Arizona State University.

      He’ll be remembered as a Vancouver fan favourite (and a taco enthusiast) for his easygoing nature, as well as his friendship with fellow ‘tender Roberto Luongo.

      The odds of him playing again in the NHL are, of course, long. But hey, you never know. At 31 years old, it’s not improbable.

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