Almost at this time last year, Terry Virtue was promoted to Associate Coach with the Tri City Americans, which you can read about here. Today TPS has learned that Virtue has left the club for personal reasons.
UPDATE: The Pipeline Show has learned that Virtue is headed to the OHL and the Owen Sound Attack. A candidate for his replacement in Tri-City might be Scott Beattie who played in Europe before becoming a coach. He's been on the bench of the Kootenay Ice for the last few years.
Virtue played for 3 different WHL teams before bouncing around the minors. He played 5 NHL games with Boston and the Rangers.
In other Tri City news, the Americans hold the WHL rights to Nick Leddy, a first round pick of the Minnesota Wild who was traded to Chicago this year. Leddy just left the Minnesota Golden Gophers and will likely sign a contract with the Hawks. Because the NCAA doesn't have an agreement with the NHL, Leddy can play in the AHL as a 19 year old, but if the Hawks don't feel he's ready then it will be the Americans gain.