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Winterhawks assistant on administrative leave

Rockets' v-p helps derail jewelry heist
By Gregg Drinnan
August 26, 2015 9:33 P.M.

F Mike Hammond (Kelowna, 2006-07) has been released by Löwen Frankfurt (Germany, DEL2) after an unsuccessful tryout. Last season, he had 15 goals and 24 assists in 27 games with Lakehead University (CIS).

The Portland Winterhawks have placed assistant coach Keith McKittrick on administrative leave while he deals with

Keith McKittrick (Washington County Sheriff's office photo)

charges of fourth-degree assault, strangulation and domestic menacing.
The charges stem from a domestic disturbance that drew police officers to a home in Beaverton, Ore., on Aug. 16 at 7:35 a.m.
KPTV (FOX 12) in Portland reports right here that, according to court documents, a woman told deputies that McKittrick, 32, “threw her on the bed during an argument and put his hands over her mouth and nose preventing her from breathing for five to 10 seconds.”

According to the probable cause affidavit, “The woman scratched McKittrick's hands and arms and bit him. She told detectives she was afraid she was going to die while being strangled by McKittrick.”
The woman told deputies “she attempted to leave the home by running out the door, but McKittrick grabbed her by the hair and pulled her back inside and up the stairs.”
Deputies asked the woman to rate the pain on a 1-10 scale, with 10 being the worst pain she has felt. She said it was a 10.
According to the affidavit, McKittrick told deputies the argument was only verbal; however, the TV station reported, a deputy said he observed various scratches and a bite mark on McKittrick's right hand, consistent with the woman's version of the incident.
McKittrick, who has been preparing for his second season with the Winterhawks, is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 14.
Before joining the Winterhawks, he spent six seasons as a video coach with the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings.
A spokesperson from the Winterhawks told FOX 12: “We're aware of the situation and we are taking it seriously. Keith is currently on administrative leave while the legal process plays out. At this time, we cannot comment any further than that.”
OHLThe OHL’s London Knights open training camp on Tuesday. They will divide the 80 players who are expected to attend into four teams and had planned to name them after former players David Bolland, Rick Nash, Corey Perry and Patrick Kane. However, Kane is involved in an on-going rape investigation into an incident that occurred in Hamburg, N.Y., earlier this summer. No charges have been laid. The Knights, however, have chosen to drop his name from the training camp team. It will instead carry the name of an as-yet-unnamed former player.
In Kamloops, meanwhile, the four teams that will scrimmage during the Blazers’ rookie camp will carry the names of the franchise’s four minority owners — Shane Doan, Jarome Iginla, Mark Recchi and Darryl Sydor. . . . Camp opens Friday, one week after Sydor was arrested in Fridley, Minn. He is facing two gross misdemeanour counts of second-degree driving while impaired, with two aggravating factors — child endangerment and having a blood alcohol content of .16 or higher. He was driving his 12-year-old son to a hockey game at the time, and his BAC was .30, more than three times the legal limit. Sydor entered a treatment centre in Malibu, Calif., on Sunday under the NHL/NHLPA Players Association Substance Abuse/Behavioral Health Program.
Gavin Hamilton, the Kelowna Rockets’ vice-president of business development, was one of three men who chased after the robber of a jewelry store on Tuesday. They caught him and held him for a bit, before letting him go. However, they maintained possession of his backpack that turned out to include the loot and some weaponry. . . . Ron Seymour of the Kelowna Daily Courier has more right here.
F Meyer Nell, 18, has decided not to return to the Red Deer Rebels for a third season. Instead, he is off the U of Manitoba. A native of Pretoria, South Africa, whose home is in Boissevain, Man., Nell played 72 games with the Rebels last season, scoring eight times and adding nine assists. In 2013-14, he got into 49 games, scoring once and drawing six assists. . . . The Rebels selected him in the fifth round of the 2012 bantam draft. . . . ““Meyer Nell told me in June he was considering quitting hockey and attending the University of Manitoba,” Brent Sutter, the Rebels’ general manager and head coach, told Greg Meachem of the Red Deer Advocate. “I talked to him last week and he confirmed that’s what he’ll be doing.”
The Regina Pats, already without D Colby Williams, 20, for the start of the season, also will be minus F Taylor Cooper, 20. . . . Williams suffered an arm injury this summer and won’t play for several weeks. . . . Greg Harder of the Regina Leader-Post reports that Cooper, who aggravated a shoulder injury in the playoffs last spring, had off-season surgery. If all goes well, Cooper will return in late October or early November. . . . Without Cooper and Williams, the Pats’ roster is down to one 20-year-old — G Daniel Wapple. . . . Harder also reports that F Eric Krienke, 19, will be in Regina’s camp. Krienke was a ninth-round pick by the Kamloops Blazers in the 2011 bantam draft. He had three goals and four assists with Kamloops in 2013-14, but played last season with the AJHL’s Okotoks Oilers, putting up 29 points, including 15 goals, in 41 games. . . . Harder’s all-encompassing notebook is right here.
AHLD Travis Brown (Moose Jaw, Victoria, 2011-15) has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the St. John’s IceCaps, the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens. . . . Brown was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the fifth round of the NHL’s 2012 draft but was never signed. . . . Last season, Brown had 57 points, including 18 goals, in 71 games with the Victoria Royals. . . . Earlier this summer, Brown attended the Canadiens’ development camp. He will play on their team at a rookie tournament in London, Ont.
The ECHL’s Greenville, S.C., Road Warriors have changed their nickname to Swamp Rabbits. According to a news release: “The Swamp Rabbits represent a piece of Greenville history that not only pays homage to the legacy of the historic train line, but also provides a brand that better appeals to fans of all ages. First known as the Carolina, Knoxville and Western line, and later becoming the Greenville and Northern railroad, the intent of the railroad was to connect Greenville with the rich coal fields of Tennessee, providing the Carolinas with a direct line over the mountains and access to cheaper coal. The railroad received its nickname, the ‘Swamp Rabbit’ by locals who would use the freight train as a means of transportation to picnic in northern Greenville County.” . . . Check the logo and take special notice of the hockey stick, that actually is made out of a carrot. . . . The franchise had been known as the Road Warriors since 2010.
With some training camps already open and others about to start, it’s too bad that the WHL hasn’t recognized the insatiable thirst for information that exists among its fan base.
On Wednesday afternoon, someone queried the Spokane Chiefs via Twitter about the availability of a training camp roster.
The response: “Will be available at camp, but not on our website.”
That’s really too bad, because the fans deserve better. This is 2015 and rosters should be made available on websites.
In fact, the time is long past for the WHL to mandate that teams make training camp rosters — including name, date of birth, hometown and last season’s team — available on their websites.
The WHL office needs to set up a schedule by which each team must post its training camp roster on its website.
It’s no secret that some of the WHL’s 22 teams are facing challenges in getting people into their buildings. With that in mind, isn’t it about time that the WHL became a bit more transparent in some areas? Providing training camp rosters for all teams would be a good place to start.
In the meantime, Alan Caldwell, over at Small Thoughts At Large, is attempting to compile the rosters.
Got a tip or some information you feel could be useful to me, feel free to email me at


F Dylan Thiessen of the MJHL’s Virden Oil Capitals has committed to the Mercyhurst University Lakers, an NCAA Division I school, for 2017-18. Mercyhurst is located in Erie, Penn. Thiessen, 17, had 33 points, including 17 goals, in 60 games as a freshman with Virden last season. From Winnipeg, he was selected by the Brandon Wheat Kings in the fifth round of the WHL’s 2013 bantam draft.
The name Chico Maki brings back memories of the NHL’s Original Six when some players actually began and ended their careers with the same team. That was the case with Maki, who has died at the age of 77. He played 841 games in the NHL, all of them with the Chicago Blackhawks. . . . Bob Verdi has more on Maki right here.
G Shannon Szabados, who once was in camp with the Tri-City Americans, will return to the SPHL’s Columbus Cottonmouths after listening to overtures from the professional National Women’s Hockey League. She is preparing for her second season with the Cottonmouths and should have a chance to be the starter this time around. Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal has more right here.

John says:
August 28, 2015 12:18pm

Hey we need some fans here. Come fill our buildings, but by the way, information that can wet you as a fan's appetite - dream on. We don't do that here.

Total dark ages.


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caley says:
August 26, 2015 10:16pm

FTR, I got the same response from the Victoria Royals as the person got from the Spokane Chiefs.

It's completely baffling to me that a league that is a development league to the NHL, and charges a fair amount for its product, would decide to restrict or make it difficult for fans to get information about their teams. The fact that people have to go to Alan's wonderful, yet unofficial, blog in 2015 boggles the mind. The WHL should really just hire Alan Caldwell to maintain an official WHL site and supply him with all the information he needs.


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