by Andrew Hinkelman and John Carpenter
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Editor's note: This story has been changed to correct the timing of Brett Hemingway's release.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- After weeks of speculation on the status of Alaska Aces forward Colin Hemingway, the ECHL club traded his rights to the Stockton Thunder on Thursday in exchange for winger Judd Blackwater, according to Aces vice president Jack Michaels.
Hemingway hasn't been in the lineup since Jan. 4 against Victoria with what the Aces said was post-concussion symptoms. But Internet rumors repeatedly indicated Hemingway was unhappy and wanted out, as evidenced by his conspicuous absence from games, nor was he present at practice.
Add in the fact that when the Aces auctioned off special sweaters from last weekend's games there wasn't one made for Hemingway -- who was never placed on injured reserve -- but there were for players on IR, and the rumors gained gravitas.