The unfortunate reality of professional sports is that the end usually comes sooner than we want it to. This might be the case for goaltender Rick DiPietro, as the Charlotte Checkers announced on Tuesday that DiPietro has been released from his professional tryout contract.
DiPietro requested the release, as he believed that the opportunity wouldn't amount to anything. Checkers coach Jeff Daniels stated that the goaltender called manager Jim Rutherford to inform him of his decision and to thank him for the opportunity.
Daniels said Charlotte was holding a competition between three players for the No. 1 goaltender position, via the Checkers website:
"I talked to [DiPietro] last week and said right now we have three goalies here and we're waiting for one of them to step up and be the guy. The opportunity was there for him to do that, but he didn't feel that it was going to go his way."
DiPietro signed with Charlotte last month in an attempt to restart his career after being bought out this summer by the New York Islanders. With limited jobs available in the NHL, a stint in the American Hockey League could have acted as a spring board to future opportunity. Unfortunately, it didn't quite work out that way, as DiPietro accumulated a 5.18 goals against average with a .846 save percentage in five appearances.
Facing a considerable amount of adversity due to injury issues, DiPietro struggled to stay in the lineup over recent years, playing in fewer than 10 games in four seasons and appearing in 26 during the 2010-11 campaign.
It remains unknown whether DiPietro will pursue future opportunities pertaining to professional hockey.