KENNEWICK, WA (ISN) – Tri-City Americans’ Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today that Scott Beattie has stepped down from his role as the team’s associate coach. Beattie has since been named head coach of EHC Olten of Switzerland’s National League B.

After spending two seasons as an assistant coach with the Kootenay Ice, Beattie joined the Americans prior to the start of the 2010-11 season. Beattie’s first coaching opportunity came with his hometown Kimberley Dynamiters of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, serving three seasons as the Head Coach and General Manager from 2005-2008, leading the Dynamiters to an overall record of 75-62-5-12.

As a player, Beattie was twice named a Hobey Baker Award finalist, bestowed upon the NCAA’s best player, during his time at Northern Michigan University. At NMU, Beattie played alongside current Tri-City head coach, Jim Hiller and won an NCAA title in 1990-91. After collecting 106 goals and 222 points in 122 games, he was later inducted in the NMU Hall of Fame in 2003.

Beattie then spent the next 13 seasons playing overseas in Europe, making stops in Italy, Germany and Switzerland, and winning four Italian Series A League championships (Bolzano Foxes: 1996, Milan Vipers: 2002, 2003, 2004). In all, Beattie appeared in over 300 international games, scoring 206 goals and 482 points. While playing in Europe, Beattie also played for Team Italy in two Group A World Junior Championships (1996, 2001).

“We want to thank Scott for his contributions to the Americans organization over the past two seasons and wish him all the best as he turns his attention towards this great opportunity with pro hockey in Europe,” said Tory.