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Report: Trent Klatt to step down as Islanders head amateur scout, return to Minnesota

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Minnesota high school hockey. Not the Minnesota Wild.

Klatt (on the far left) moves West
Klatt (on the far left) moves West
Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Islanders head amateur scout Trent Klatt will be leaving his post in July to coach high school hockey in his home state of Minnesota, according to a report in the Duluth News Tribune.

Klatt will coach the boys hockey team at Grand Rapids High School, in the town where he lives with this family. His wife Kelly is the softball coach at the school.

A decorated youth player in Minnesota and a former Golden Gopher, Klatt cited the rigors of travel and his desire to be closer to his family as reasons for leaving Long Island.

"Just because I travel too much," the 44-year-old said Thursday. "I'm away from home, I'm away from my kids, my family. To this extent, I can't do that anymore."

Klatt joined the Islanders in September 2010 following the exit of scout Ryan Jankowski. Under Klatt's supervision, the Islanders have selected Ryan Strome, Scott Mayfield, Griffin Reinhart, Ryan Pulock, Michael Dal Colle and Joshua Ho-Sang among others since 2011.

Klatt leaves the Islanders with a cadre of intriguing prospects and one all time great Grumpy Cat-like gif from the 2014 Draft Lottery telecast. Best of luck to you, Trent. Hope this move home puts a smile on your face.