A goaltender that the Oklahoma City Barons have faced multiple times over the last five seasons will be pulling up his goalposts and heading to Germany next season. Announced today on YouTube and their website, the Straubing Tigers of the German DEL have signed Climie to a contract.
The 32-year old Climie began his career in the Dallas Stars organization, spending a couple seasons between the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL and the Iowa/Texas Stars (and even a playoff run with the Houston Aeros when Dallas was between AHL affiliates in 2008-09).
In 2010-11, Climie moved just a few hours south when he made the jump to join the then-Phoenix Coyotes organization, affiliated with the San Antonio Rampage. After one season there, Climie signed with Vancouver, joining the Chicago Wolves. When Vancouver left the Chicago affiliation, Climie stayed, signing AHL contracts to stay with the Wolves.
This season, Climie became the Chicago Wolves all-time leader in wins by a goaltender, passing Kari Lehtonen. Climie also holds the record for most wins in a single season for the Rampage.
Climie has played in 249 regular season games in the AHL, posting a career 2.57 goals against and a .914 saves percentage. Climie has also earned 15 shutouts throughout his seven years in the American Hockey League.
In Straubing, Climie replaces another former AHLer in Jason Bacashihua as he looks to take over the Tigers number one goaltender slot.
Good luck, Matt!