Zach Fischer leaves Medicine Hat Tigers

By CHAT News Today
October 10, 2017 - 2:13pm Updated: October 10, 2017 - 9:59pm


MEDICINE HAT, AB — Zach Fischer has left the Medicine Hat Tigers.

During media availability on Tuesday, head coach and general manager Shaun Clouston revealed that Fischer left the team on Sunday.

“We spent a lot of time on Sunday talking with him, talking with his agent, trying to get to the bottom of it,” he said. “He didn’t give us any specifics, so if there’s any specifics, it’ll have to come from Zach.”

Clouston added Fischer came in on Monday to grab his gear and leave.

There is no official word yet if Fischer has been signed by another Western Hockey League team, though Clouston indicated he could be heading to the Calgary Flames for evaluation. Fischer was drafted by the Flames in the fifth round of this year’s NHL Entry Draft.

Fischer’s departure results in captain Mark Rassell, defenceman Kristians Rubins and goaltender Michael Bullion remaining as overage players. The Tigers can carry three 20-year-old players during the season, and today at 3 p.m. is the deadline to make cuts.

Fischer has played three games with the Tigers this season, scoring one goal and notching 13 penalty minutes.

Clouston notes Fischer’s departure comes at a tricky time for the team, as two forwards have gone down with injuries. Jaeger White, who joined the Tigers two weeks ago, suffered an injury in practice on Monday, while Max Gerlach is expected to miss a couple of games after taking a stick to the mouth on Saturday.

The Tigers return to action Wednesday night, hosting the Everett Silvertips at the Canalta Centre. The puck drops at 7 p.m.

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