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Macleod Mustangs retire Clay Plume’s number

Clay Plume spent the past two Ranchland Hockey League seasons with the Fort Macleod Mustangs.

Fort Macleod Mustangs honoured their captain Friday, retiring the late Clay Plume’s No. 4 and presenting it to his family members.

The ceremony honouring Plume, 37, who died suddenly in January, was held prior to the Mustangs Ranchland Hockey League game against Lethbridge Lightning.

“Clay meant many things to many people,” Mustangs general manager Mike Volk said. “Clay was more than just a leader. He was also a teacher of the game. Everyone on our team looked up to him.”

Volk said Plume was always willing to share his knowledge of the game, which he gained through years playing in the Western Hockey League and minor professional leagues.

But Plume was more than just a skilled hockey player.

“The game of hockey developed Clay not only as a player, but as a person too,” Volk said.

Volk said Plume was an idol for many children and young players.

“If there is one thing Clay tried to teach everyone, it was to be a good person no matter what,” Volk added. “He always said good things come to good people, and to be the best you can every day.”

Plume, who is from Stand Off, played the 2000-’01 season with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

Plume joined the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League where he had 17 goals and 37 assists in 156 games, with 234 penalty minutes.

The Hurricanes traded Plume to Prince George Cougars during the 2003-’04 season, where he had five goals, six assists and 21 penalty minutes in 25 games.

In the 2004-’05 season Plume skated with the Dayton Bombers of the East Coast Hockey League where he had a goal and four assists with 56 penalty minutes in 45 games.

Plume moved to the Central Hockey League the following season, recording five goals and 11 assists with 55 penalty minutes for the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees.

His next stop was with the CHL’s Rocky Mountain Rage where he played 136 games over three seasons, recording  16 goals, 46 assists and 157 penalty minutes.

Plume split the next season between the CHL’s Rapid City Rush and Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs, playing 55 games with a goal, 15 assists and 47 minutes in penalties.

Plume’s final stop in his pro career was with the Mudbugs for the 2010-’11 season, collecting four goals and 11 assists in 54 games, with 30 penalty minutes. Plume collected another two goals and three assists in 21 playoff games as the Mudbugs won the CHL championship.

Plume next laced up the blades for Kainai Braves in 2017-’18, recording four goals and eight assists in 10 games.

The following two seasons Plume suited up for the Mustangs, scoring two goals and 11 assists with 23 penalty minutes in 24 games.

Bryon Campbell and Wesley Volk presented Plume’s family with his framed jersey during the ceremony, and Moccasin Flats played an honour song.

The Mustangs will wear Plume’s tribal logo on their helmets through this season.

“There will never be anyone like you Clay,” Volk said. “I know you’ll be looking down on us this season. You truly are our captain. Your Mustang legend lives on.”

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