F Anthony Ast (Vancouver, Medicine Hat, 2010-15) signed a one-year contract with Klostersee Grafing (Germany, Oberliga). Last season, with the Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL), he had four goals and two assists in 21 games. Ast holds dual Canadian-German citizenship. . . .
F Jan Eberle (Seattle, 2006-08) signed a one-year contract with Olomouc (Czech Republic, Extraliga) after a successful tryout. Last season, with Kladno (Czech Republic, 1. Liga), he had 18 goals and 19 assists in 52 games. He was an alternate captain.
Keith McKittrick, who is preparing for his second season as an assistant coach with the Portland Winterhawks, is facing assault charges in Beaverton, Ore.
According to The Oregonian, he was arrested this week and is to appear in court on Sept. 14. He is facing charges involving assault, strangulation and harassment.
The Oregonian reported that McKittrick posted $2,500 bail this week.
An unnamed Winterhawks spokesman told the newspaper on Friday night that the team is “aware of the situation but we can't make any comment at this time.”
McKittrick 32, is a native of Boston. He was a video coach for six seasons with the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings before joining the Winterhawks. He also spent two seasons as the Minnesota Wild’s video coach, followed by three seasons as Michigan State University’s director of hockey operations.
The Swift Current Broncos will have a couple of familiar names on hand when training camp opens on Thursday. . . . F Kaelan Holt, 18, is the son of Todd Holt, who is the Broncos’ all-time leading scorer. Kaelan had 49 points, including 22 goals, in 42 games with the midget AAA Battlefords Stars last season. . . . G Aiden Kruger, 15, is the son of Trevor Kruger, who was the starting goaltender when the Broncos won the Memorial Cup in 1989. Aiden played last season with the bantam AAA Lethbridge Golden Hawks.
D Colby Williams of the Regina Pats will miss the start of the 2015-16 season. The Pats announced Friday that Williams, who is from Regina, “sustained an upper-body injury in July and will be out indefinitely.” . . . Williams, 20, was honoured after last season as the Pats’ most valuable player and top defenceman. He had 41 points, including 11 goals, and was a fifth-round selection by the Washington Capitals in the NHL’s 2015 draft. . . . It’s not known how long Williams will be out but, according to a Pats’ news release, he “is expected to make a full recovery and return to action during the 2015-16 season.”
Nick Patterson, who has covered the Everett Silvertips for the Everett Herald through all 12 seasons of their existence, is leaving the beat. Patterson revealed via Twitter on Friday afternoon that he is moving to the newspaper’s beat that covers Seattle’s pro sports teams.
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Former Seattle Thunderbirds G Danny Lorenz is the head coach of the Seattle Ravens, a team that is preparing for its first season in the seven-team Northern Pacific Hockey League, a Tier 3 junior circuit. . . . The Ravens will play out of the Kent Valley Ice Centre. . . . Lorenz has been in the Kent area for seven years, working with the Kent Valley Hockey Association. . . . Heidi Sanders of the Kent Reporter has more right here.
The Calgary-based Mount Royal University Cougars have added Mike Egener (Calgary, 2000-04) to their coaching staff. Egener, 30, was a second-round selection by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the NHL’s 2003 draft. He has retired after playing the last three seasons with the Coventry Blaze in the British Elite League.
This is the worst weekend for every hockey mom. We hate saying goodbye and have a good season— Lee-Gaye Hicketts (@lhicketts) August 21, 2015