Former Terrier McHale a Washington Capital: for a day


Former Portage Terriers’ goaltender Gavin McHale was a surprise call-up by the Washington Capitals in Wednesday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets.

McHale, 31, was the emergency back-up after Capitals’ regular netminder Braden Holtby could not play due to injury. The NHL thrill was tempered a bit due to space issues on the Caps’ bench. McHale sat by his lonesome in a chair by the visitors’ gate which lead to the Caps’ dressing room.

McHale, 6-foot-7, is currently the goaltender coach for the women’s University of Manitoba Bisons. He also keeps sharp playing rec hockey with his pals. He suited up for the Terriers in the 2007-08 season.

This was the second emergency call-up for the Winnipeg native. Last February he suited up for the Colorado Avs who were in Winnipeg.

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