Ger­lach set for re­turn to Canalta

Medicine Hat News - - SPORTS - RYAN MC­CRACKEN rm­c­cracken@medicine­hat­ Twit­ter: MHNMcCracken

It’s been 10 months since Max Ger­lach left the Canalta Cen­tre to forge a new fu­ture with the Saska­toon Blades.

In that time, Ger­lach has racked up 56 points over 49 games while help­ing guide the Blades back into the play­off con­ver­sa­tion this sea­son. As a re­sult, the for­mer Medicine Hat Tiger says he hasn’t thought much about tonight’s long-awaited re­turn to the Gas City. As far as Ger­lach is con­cern, he’s all Blade now.

“It’s just go­ing to be an­other game, re­ally,” said Ger­lach, whose Blades hit the ice to face the Tigers tonight at 7:30 p.m. “If I would have gone back last year at the end of the year or any­thing like that it would have been a bit dif­fer­ent, but I’ve been a Blade since last Jan­uary ... It’ll prob­a­bly be a bit weird get­ting into the op­pos­ing dress­ing room, but then again that’s where we were for two years when I was there.” Ger­lach won’t be the only fa­mil­iar face wear­ing blue, as tonight’s matchup also marks the re­turn of Gary Haden, who re­quested a trade from the Tigers ear­lier this sea­son. Haden parted ways with the Tigers in search of more ice time and he seems to have found it af­ter spend­ing the last few games cen­tring Saska­toon’s top line be­tween his for­mer team­mate in Ger­lach and highly-touted NHL draft prospect Kirby Dach.

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