CEDAR RAPIDS — The nickname “Suitcase” fits David Goodwin really well.
That’s what his previous teammates have been calling him, and the dude has a lot of previous teammates considering this is his third season in the United States Hockey League and now his third team.
The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders picked him up in a trade last week from the Sioux City Musketeers. He was dealt to Sioux City last season from the Green Bay Gamblers.
It’s how you look at it. It’s not that your team doesn’t want you anymore, it’s that another does.
“It’s a lot easier the second time around,” the well-spoken, well-traveled forward said. “I’m thankful for my previous trade because it makes this experience a lot easier. Going into my USHL career, I never thought I’d be traded twice. But, to be honest, both times it’s been great. I think it’s been a great experience to meet new guys, play for a new coach. I feel from a personal development standpoint, it’s been a benefit for me. Each coach likes a different style, so there’s definitely some positives to being a suitcase, as I’ve been referred to.”
Goodwin, 20, brings speed and skill to a RoughRiders team that plays two games this weekend at Muskegon. Cedar Rapids (7-10-3, 17 points) is seeking to end a six-game losing streak.
And the guy brings experience, obviously. The Penn State signee has played 135 USHL games: 68 with Green Bay, 65 with Sioux City and two and counting with Cedar Rapids.
“It’s great. I like Cedar Rapids. The people have been great to me so far, and I’m happy here,” Goodwin said. “I hope to bring veteran leadership, this being my third year in the league. And hopefully some goals and some wins. Speaking to Coach (Mark) Carlson, he’s expecting me to be on one of the top lines, the power play and simply put the puck in the net.”
Middleton, Anderson commit
Defenseman Clay Anderson and forward Davey Middleton announced their college commitments this week to Ivy League schools.
Anderson has committed to play college hockey at Harvard, Middleton to Brown. Anderson has two goals and 12 points in 19 games, co-captain Middleton two goals and nine points in 17 games.
High-school fundraiser for Drew Wall family
The RoughRiders high-school hockey team is conducting a fundraiser for the family of the late Drew Wall at a game at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena on Friday night. The game against Dubuque begins at 6.
Admission is free, with tickets being able to be picked up at the Cedar Rapids Kennedy activities office. For every student that attends over 20 corporate sponosors will match the admission price and donate it to the “Drew Wall LIVESTRONG” fund.
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