The North American Hockey League (NAHL) and North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) lost one of its recent alumni over the weekend. Andrew Pitts, 20, who played two seasons in the NAHL for the Coulee Region Chill in 2010-11 and 2011-12, and then for the NA3HL’s North Iowa Bulls later in the 2011-12 season, passed away on Friday night. The NAHL and NA3HL extends its thoughts and prayers to the Pitts family.
The listed the cause of death was accidental drowning.
Pitts, a defenseman from Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, appeared in 73 NAHL regular season games over the course of two seasons with the Chill. He recorded one goal and 12 assists in his NAHL career. He played in seven games for the North Iowa Bulls at the end of the 2011-12 regular season, recording five assists.
Coulee Region Chill Owner/Governor Michelle Bryant released the following statement: “The Chill organization is deeply saddened by the sudden death of Andrew. Andrew was an integral part of our team and the success we had our first year here in the Coulee Region. His smile and infectious personality is one our players, staff and fans came to love. We will miss him dearly and were honored to be a part of his short life. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and all those who knew and loved Andrew. He will be dearly missed.”
Current North Iowa head coach and former Chill assistant coach Todd Sanden released the following statement: "Andrew was an outstanding player who made an immediate impact when he joined the Bulls late last season. Andrew's impact has been evident on every team he has played for, including when I had him as a member of the Coulee Region Chill. Andrew was a player who loved the game of hockey and even more than that, the teammates he shared the battles with. Andrew was a fun loving kid who was quick with a chirp and his wit kept the room light. Andrew it was my pleasure to be a brief part of your way too short life. I wish Andrew's family, loved ones and former teammates the deepest sympathy in this very sad time."
There will be a celebration of Andrew's life on Saturday, May 4, 1-5 PM at Brooklyn Park Activity Center, 5600 85th Ave, Brooklyn Park, MN. He is survived by parents, Al & Jenny Stroh; and brothers, Jordan, Tyler.