Maine Hockey Journal

Christie assigned to Lynx

Portland, ME – The roster shuffle continues in Portland as Matt Christie was assigned to the Pirates’ ECHL affiliate in Augusta, GA.

Christie, scratched for the first two games of the season, played in five games for the Pirates last season, scoring two goals.

With the addition of the Ryan Carter to the line up, just assigned by Anaheim earlier in the week, getting into game action was going to be extremely tough for Christie. Currently, the Pirates have a surplus of centers and the addition of Carter only added to the number forwards fighting ice time. Being sent down would give Christie a chance to play and stay in game shape. With the way the Pirates are fighting early season injuries, a recall could only be a phone call away.

A graduate of business at the University of Ohio at Miami, Christie was a four-year standout, scoring 51 goals, 69 assists for 120 points in 150 games with the Redhawks.

The 5-10, 185-pound native from Ajax, Ontario was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the eighth round (#236 overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

NOTES: The Augusta Lynx announced this week, they signed former Pirates goaltender David McKee to a one-year contract. He was with the Phoenix Coyotes on a tryout before deciding to sign with the Lynx. The former netminder played an impressive 59 games combined last season for the Lynx and Pirates. He set a single-season record for the Lynx with 29 wins. McKee currently is fighting for ice time with Nathan Marsters, another former Pirates goaltender and AJ Bucchino. Its likely Augusta will carry all three goaltenders and potentially a fourth as Portland will have to decide on their own logjam between the pipes in the coming days.

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