Report: Red Wings assistant to Winterhawks

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After six seasons with the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings, Keith McKittrick has left the coaching staff to join the Portland Winterhawks.

Bob Duff of the Windsor Star reported the move on his blog today.

McKittrick, who is from Boston, was the Red Wings’ video coach for the past two seasons.

Before joining the Red Wings, he spent three seasons as director of hockey operations at Michigan State.

Included in his duties was video work, some scouting and handling team travel.

From 2002-05, McKittrick, who has a degree in sports management from the U of Minnesota, was with

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the NHL’s Minnesota Wild, working as an assistant to the video coach and handling the Wild’s hockey school.

He also has done video work with USA Hockey, including with the national junior team that won bronze at the world championship in Sweden in 2007.

With the Winterhawks, McKittrick will work alongside head coach Jamie Kompon, who was introduced last month, and veteran assistant coach Kyle Gustafson. McKittrick replaces Karl Taylor, now an assistant coach with the AHL’s Texas Stars.

McKittrick is the third Red Wings assistant to leave this summer, following Bill Peters, now the head coach of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, and Tom Renney, who now is the No. 1 guy at Hockey Canada.

Duff’s blog entry, which deals with the Red Wings’ coaching staff, is right here.

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