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Hauptman leaves Chiefs

Spokane Chiefs forward Jarid Hauptman has left the team and returned home to Morinville, Alberta, the Chiefs announced Tuesday.

Keep reading for more details.

The 17-year-old RW scored four goals and recorded seven assists in 32 games in Spokane this season, and will be unable to play – at any level – for the remainder of the 2011-12 season because of the Jan. 10 international signing deadline.

Hauptman has changed his mind about playing in the Western Hockey League several times, according to Chiefs General Manager Tim Speltz.

“For us, he was doing well,” Speltz said. “It’s a process and it’s not easy and he had a bright hockey future ahead of him – but it isn’t what he wants and there’s no way he could pretend that it was. It’s a huge commitment, and his decision was kind of consistent with what we’d already experienced with him.

“It doesn’t seem to be a good move timing-wise, but he has to do what he thinks is right for him.”

Hauptman left training camp at the beginning of the season and joined the Chiefs six weeks later. At that time, he told The Spokesman-Review that he “didn’t have the heart to play here.”

Dave Trimmer's article from earlier in the season also adds to this story.

Spokane (22-14-3-3) is currently third in the U.S.Division standings and now has 23 players on its roster – two goalies, eight defensemen and 13 forwards. The Chiefs are on the road at Tri-City on Friday before hosting back-to-back games against Portland on Saturday and Sunday.

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