Apparently this retirement thing has gone viral around the offices of the Fort Wayne Komets.
Goaltender Nick Boucher joined coach Al Sims and captain Colin Chaulk in hanging up the skates today, a not unexpected development considering he sat out all last season after hip and wrist surgeries.
This is not good news for those of us who make our living as scribblers.
Bouch was always one of the team's most accommodating and perceptive quotes, a go-to guy whenever I needed someone to explain the big picture to me. I never walked away without a full notebook and an appreciation for both his thoughtfulness and his forthrightness.
On top of that, of course, the guy was a hell of a goalie.
In his time in Fort Wayne he backstopped three straight championships and four all told, and it was no accident. No one ever rose to the occasion more consistently than Bouch; if he was defined by anything as a player it was that he was always at his best in the playoffs, and never better there than when the situation was at its most dire.
Like Sims and Chaulk, the man will get a banner hanging from the Coliseum rafters someday. Count on it.