CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa The nickname "Suitcase" fits David Goodwin really well.
That's what his previous teammates have been calling him, and the dude has a lot of previous teammates considering this is his third season in the United States Hockey League and now his third team.
The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders picked him up in a trade last week from the Sioux City Musketeers. He was dealt to Sioux City last season from the Green Bay Gamblers.
It's a lot how you look at it. It's not that your team doesn't want you anymore, it's that another does.
"It's a lot easier the second time around," the well-spoken, well-traveled forward said. "I'm thankful for my previous trade because it makes this experience a lot easier. Going into my USHL career, I never thought I'd be traded twice. But, to be honest, both times it's been great. I think it's been a great experience to meet new guys, play for a new coach. I feel from a personal development standpoint, it's been a benefit for me. Each coach likes a different style, so there's definitely some positives to being a suitcase, as I've been referred to."
Goodwin, 20, brings speed and skill to a RoughRiders team that plays two games this weekend at Muskegon. Cedar Rapids (7-10-3, 17 points) is seeking to end a six-game losing streak.
And the guy brings experience, obviously. The Penn State signee has played 135 USHL games: 68 with Green Bay, 65 with Sioux City and two and counting with Cedar Rapids.
"It's great. I like Cedar Rapids. The people have been great to me so far, and I'm happy here," Goodwin said. "I hope to bring veteran leadership, this being my third year in the league. And hopefully some goals and some wins. Speaking to Coach (Mark) Carlson, he's expecting me to be on one of the top lines, the power play and simply put the puck in the net."
Pair of players charged
Two RoughRiders were charged with shoplifting last month at the Coral Ridge Mall in Coraville, according to police reports obtained by The Gazette. Defensemen Sam Wolfe (who has since been sent to Bismarck of the NAHL) and Gavin Bayreuther were charged with fifth-degree theft after leaving Scheel's with T-shirts and hats concealed in their coat pockets worth $68.89 and $87.97, respectively.
Carlson said the pair were disciplined with missed games and added community service. They have court dates set for Dec. 12.
"Unfortunately, people make mistakes sometimes," Carlson said. "You hope that they learn from those mistakes."