RoughRiders put their trust in "Suitcase" Goodwin

Plus, a pair of RoughRiders were charged with shoplifting

Published: December 6 2012 | 5:08 pm - Updated: 1 April 2014 | 3:04 am in

CEDAR RAPIDS ó The nickname ďSuitcaseĒ fits David Goodwin really well.

Thatís 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.

Itís how you look at it. Itís not that your team doesnít want you anymore, itís that another does.

ďItís a lot easier the second time around,Ē the well-spoken, well-traveled forward said. ďIím thankful for my previous trade because it makes this experience a lot easier. Going into my USHL career, I never thought Iíd be traded twice. But, to be honest, both times itís been great. I think itís been a great experience to meet new guys, play for a new coach. I feel from a personal development standpoint, itís been a benefit for me. Each coach likes a different style, so thereís definitely some positives to being a suitcase, as Iíve been referred to.Ē

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.

ďItís great. I like Cedar Rapids. The people have been great to me so far, and Iím happy here,Ē Goodwin said. ďI 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, heís expecting me to be on one of the top lines, the power play and simply put the puck in the net.Ē

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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