(photo: Jack Lima Photography)
The Alaska Aces announced on Tuesday that they will retire Wes Goldie‘s #16, the ECHL’s all-time leading goal scorer, to the rafters during the February 8th game against the Stockton Thunder at Sullivan Arena. It will be the third number retired in club history, joining Keith Street #8 and Dean Larson #18.
Goldie finished his career with the Alaska Aces during his final two seasons. He is the ECHL’s all time leader in goals (370) and ranks fourth in ECHL history with 697 games played over the span of 11 seasons with Pee Dee, Victoria and Alaska. He shares a record with 2009 ECHL Hall of Fame inductee Rod Taylor for the most 30 or more goal seasons at 8 and the league mark for most consecutive 30-plus goal seasons at 6 from 2006-20012.
He had great success in the Kelly Cup Playoffs, helping the Alaska Aces garner their second Kelly Cup title in team history during his 2011-12 season where he earned the league’s Most Valuable Player Award with 83 point (46g-37a) in 72 games and gaining an additional 14 points in 13 playoff contests. He also led the league in goals 46 that same year.
Goldie buried 81 goals and captured 144 points and 38 multi point games in 142 career games in an Aces uniform. He added 22 points in 14 career Kelly Cup Playoff games in Anchorage.
The ceremony will take place before the game, with Goldie participating in the ceremonial puck drop. The retirement will coincide with the ECHL Hockey Heritage Weekend and will include Goldie’s induction into the ECHL Hockey Hall of Fame with James Edwards, Al Macisaac and John Spoltore.