Ramblers tough guy evaluated by major junior Mooseheads
AMHERST - There's a good chance local fans may not get to see Matthew Boland in an Amherst Ramblers uniform again.
Boland was in Halifax yesterday having his health evaluated by the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
"Matthew Boland has not yet been released by the Amherst Ramblers," Ramblers coach Corey Crocker said.
"We're just trying to work out some paperwork and he's still being assessed with his shoulder injury."
Boland came to the Ramblers in late August from the St. John's Fog Devils of the QMJHL.
In September, the Mooseheads picked up Boland's rights.
The forward played the first four games of the season with the Ramblers before going down with the shoulder problem.
"He has expressed interest that he wants to play for the Mooseheads," Crocker said.
"There are no hard feelings. It's a personal decision on Matthew's behalf."
At six-foot-four and 235 pounds, Boland brought a huge physical presence to the Ramblers lineup.
Is Boland's departure a loss to the Ramblers?
"Players come and players go," Crocker said.
"Yeah, it's a loss, but we'll go out to find someone else to fill that roll. He served us well and we wish him all the best."
A message left at Boland's Amherst billet home was not returned as of press time.