MADISON, WI | The Madison Capitols, a member of the United States Hockey League, announced former defenseman Mitch Hults has signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Anaheim Ducks.
Hults, 22, played in 55 games for the Capitols as a defenseman during the 2014-15 season, and collected 13 goals and 21 assists for 34 points, and 90 penalty minutes. He is currently ranked eighth on the Capitols all-time penalty minutes with 90 minutes and 10th all-time with 21 assists. Hults is the first Capitols player to sign an NHL contract following his time in Madison.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound native of Stoughton, WI, moved to the forward position and has recorded 54 points (20-34=54) and 98 penalty minutes in 76 games with the Lake Superior State University Lakers the last two seasons, 2015-2017.
Prior to joining the Capitols in 2014, Hults played two seasons with the USHL’s Indiana Ice. He registered 24 points (10-14=24) and 22 penalty minutes in 64 games with the Ice from 2012-14. Hults also won the Clark Cup with the Ice in 2014 with five playoff goals in eight games.
TIGARD, Wash. — Former University of Oregon and Packers tight end Colt Lyerla was arrested in Washington County early Monday morning for possession of heroin.
Tigard Police spokesman Jim Wolf says an officer spotted Lyerla’s car parked behind a Chevron gas station at around 1:30 a.m. and saw a person in the car lighting what appeared to be a pipe. The officer approached the car and identified the man as Lyerla. Lyerla initially hesitated to obey the officer and step out of the vehicle but complied once confronted with the officer’s Taser.
He pleaded not guilty to one count of felony heroin possession and is scheduled for a court date on Sept. 6.
Lyerla has a history of off-the-field troubles, missing two games in 2013 before leaving Oregon’s football team and being arrested for unlawful possession of cocaine.
The Green Bay Packers offered him a chance at the NFL in 2014, signing him as an undrafted rookie following a workout. He was waived before the regular season began after suffering a torn MCL and PCL in his right knee.