Lethbridge Hurricanes Defenceman Joel Topping has decided to call it a career. The Red Deer, AB native advised the team Monday he’s decided to focus on his future and pursue a degree in Education. The 18-year old will begin school in January at Red Deer College.
The 6’1, 194 pound Topping was drafted by the Hurricanes in the 2nd round, 41st overall, in the 2010 Bantam Draft. “Joel
is the type of player that the Hurricanes always look for. He’s a
character guy, good in the dressing room and as he’s progressed in the
organization he’s always been willing to help the younger guys. Joel is
also a big contributor in the community – from hockey clinics, school
and hospital visits, he’s taken his role as an athlete seriously and we
thank him for his time” commented Lethbridge Hurricanes General Manager Brad Robson.
For Topping, the decision wasn’t an easy one, but it’s one he’s thought about for some time. “I’ve
always wanted to become a teacher. Coming back to the Hurricanes is
where I wanted to be, but teaching is still a passion of mine. I want to
thank the Hurricanes, my teammates and coaches for everything over the
past few years and I wish everyone in the organization the best” commented Topping.
Topping leaves the Hurricanes with 93 games played, 20 points (1G,
19A) and 47 PIM’s. The Hurricanes want to wish Joel all the best in his
future pursuits in Education and he’ll always be a Hurricane.