Next month is going to be a grand celebration for former Alaska Aces sniper Wes Goldie.
Not only will he be inducted into the ECHL's Hall of Fame during the league's Hockey Heritage Weekend here, but the Aces today announced they will retire Goldie's No. 16 sweater.
Goldie was part of the Aces' 2011 Kelly Cup winning club, and he was the league MVP that season, when he bagged 46 goals.
Goldie's sweater will be retired Feb. 8, when the Aces entertain the Stockton Thunder at Sullivan Arena.
In his ECHL career in Pee Dee, Victoria and Alaska -- the winger played his final two seasons for the Aces -- all Goldie did was put his name all over the record book and leave a lot of goaltenders fishing the puck out of their net or retrieving their water bottle after he went top shelf to dislodge it.
Goldie owns ECHL records for most goals in a career (370), most seasons of 30 or more goals (8) and most consecutive seasons of 40 or more goals (5). He also shares records for most consecutive seasons of 30 or more goals (6) and most consecutive seasons of 40 or more goals (5).
Goldie will become the third player in the franchise's history to be retired. Already hanging at Sullivan Arena are Keith Street's No. 8 and Dean Larson's No. 18 -- they played for the Anchorage Aces of the now-defunct West Coast Hockey League. That franchise became the Alaska Aces, who have won two Kelly Cups in 10 previous ECHL seasons and established itself as one of the circuit's premier organizations.
Besides being a straight-up sniper, Goldie, it should be noted, conducted himself with class and humor.
By DOYLE WOODY, adn.com