Chris Clarke has always been a young man with a plan for his future. Fortunately for the Halifax Mooseheads he’s also been willing to be a bit flexible with that plan. In the summer of 2012 the 19-year-old had all but made up his mind to hang up his goalie pads to attend Queen’s University. Mooseheads Assistant Coach Jim Midgely, who had coached Clarke at Rothesay Netherwood School, asked Chris if he’d be willing to attend training camp with the Mooseheads and take a run at the backup goalie position.
The Halifax Mooseheads also had a plan in the summer of 2012. That plan involved winning the 2013 Memorial Cup. If that were to happen the club wanted to begin the playoffs atop the regular season standings to ensure home ice advantage in every round of the playoffs. The club also wanted to manage #1 goalie Zach Fucale’s playing time so he would be in top form for the post-season. The Mooseheads needed a goalie who could win games.
Everyone’s plan fell into place. Chris Clarke’s competitive juices kicked in at training camp and he won a spot on the Mooseheads’ roster. Over the course of the season he compiled a record of 13-1-1. Let’s just say the backup goalie does not get the plum assignments. Most of Clarke’s starts were on the road and most were the second night of back-to-back situations. When the schedule makers had the Mooseheads playing three games in three days it was Clarke who played the third game.
In the fall of 2013 Chris finally took Queen’s University up on its offer of acceptance. He tended goal for the Queen’s Gaels for two seasons before deciding it really was time to hang up those goalie pads. Although Chris enjoyed being a varsity athlete he is really enjoying being a full-fledged member of the Queen’s academic community. On top of his full class schedule Chris acts as a Teacher’s Assistant for two courses, tutors accounting students and is the Student Manager at an on-campus Pub.
Chris is a serious and gifted student. Varsity athletes do not normally gain acceptance into Queen’s highly competitive Commerce program. He will graduate in the spring of 2017 and will write his CPA exams. He’s already accepted a position with Big Four accounting firm KPMG and will begin his career in Kingston. Chris is determined to return to his native Halifax at some point in the future. Based on his record of fulfilling past plans KPMG Halifax can expect to welcome a Memorial Cup champion at some point.
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