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Pirates bid Beatty fond farewell

The Picton Pirates said farewell this weekend to a long time player.
Bloomfield native Kyle Beatty informed the club Sunday he would not be able to play this season. As a 20-year-old, Beatty’s decision to retire from Junior hockey puts an end to his three season run in a Pirates uniform.
“Kyle Beatty was probably the most dedicated and hard working player during the three seasons he was here,” Picton Pirates Director of Hockey Operations Adam Bull said. “Not only for his on ice performance, but for his work in the entire organization. He volunteered on countless occasions and gave it his all in everything he did for the Picton Pirates.”
Beatty has been battling mononucleosis while attending his second year at Queen’s University and has been away from the team since the second week of September.
Beatty said he battled long an hard with the decision to call it a career with the Pirates.
“I really appreciated my time with the Pirates and that (Coach) Darren Yuill and (GM) Jason Parks allowed me the time to come to terms with my decision,” Beatty said.
A crafty centreman that could be counted to win an important draw, he had compiled a mere 10 minutes in penalties in three seasons  while scoring 22 goals and 35 assists for 57 points in his career.
“I don’t think there is a player in the league that could match his sportsmanship,” Bull said. “It’s sad to see him go but the organization will never forget Kyle and hope he succeeds in wherever his life takes him.”

The Picton Pirates dropped a shootout decision 4-3 to the Port Hope Panthers Sunday in Empire Junior C action.
Evan Greer, Ryan Sizer and Eric Hayes all scored for Picton
The Pirates next home game is Thursday evening against Amherstview, 7:30pm start

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  1. Richard Parks says:

    Whenever I saw Kyle Beatty play, he was the hardest working player on the ice, “right in the middle of it”. Whenever I saw The Pirates out in the community as a team I saw Kyle Beatty “right in the middle of it.”
    Tells me all I need to know about the young man, and I’m not surprised really, just look at his parents and grandparents!

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