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Newly Acquired Defenseman Decides to Retire

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Tri-City Americans Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced Monday that newly acquired defenseman Scott Maetche has chosen to retire from hockey.

Citing medical concerns, the 6'2, 167-pound defenseman from Lacombe, Alberta has chosen to retire from the sport rather than risk further injury.  Maetche, who was traded to Tri-City from Calgary on October 29, appeared in one game for the Americans, but suffered his latest injury in a contest against the Vancouver Giants.  With this announcement, Tri-City will retain their seventh-round pick in the 2009 Bantam Draft, which was sent to Calgary in the deal for Maetche.

Originally drafted in the third-round (58th overall) in the 2004 Bantam Draft by the Moose Jaw Warriors, Maetche made his WHL debut in the 2006 with the Chilliwack Bruins, appearing in 64 games and recording three assists with 60 penalty minutes.  Last season, Maetche split time with the Bruins and the Grand Prairie Storm of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.  He played in 27 games for the Storm, collecting six assists, as the Storm finished second in the North Division and advanced to the Quarterfinals of the AJHL Playoffs.

The Americans are preparing for a busy week at the Toyota Center.  Up first, the Kelowna Rockets visit on Tuesday, November 4.  Then, the Kamloops Blazers come to town on Friday, November 7.  Both games start at 7:05 p.m.  After spending Saturday night in Spokane where the Americans will take on the Chiefs, Tri-City will return home on Sunday for a match-up with the Red Deer Rebels.  Game time is a special 5:05 p.m. start.  Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including the Toyota Center box office, all Fred Meyer locations, or online at ticketmaster.com

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