The Kindersley Klippers have released defenceman Stewart Coyle (1995).
Coyle was originally acquired from the Penticton Vees in exchange for future considerations Oct. 24.
Coyle suited up for six games with the Klippers after his acquisition, posting no points and two PIMs.
At times, Coyle appeared a step behind the play both in terms of foot speed and decision making with the puck.
Despite bringing 47 games of Western Hockey League experience, Coyle was unable to adjust to the style of play in the SJHL. He had not dressed in a game for the Klippers since Nov. 16 versus Melfort.
With the recent addition of blueliner Brett Dumaine and the emergence of Conner Veroba through the month of November, there simply wasn’t room for Coyle as the Dec. 1 roster deadline approached. Prior to Coyle’s release, the Klippers were carrying nine defencemen.
A crowded Klippers blueline already includes mainstays Jared Pilet and Austin Yano, as well as the steady presence of Shaw Watkins. Over the past few weeks, Klippers head coach/general manager Rockie Zinger has rotated JR Wojciechowski and Branden Scheidl in and out of the lineup as Veroba has established himself as a steady option on the back end. Brenton Chilton also remains in the mix and Dumaine has shown early signs of promise since being acquired from the Calgary Canucks.
According to Zinger, Coyle is heading home to B.C. to pursue work opportunities.