Americans Acquire Playfair from Chiefs for Messier

Kennewick, WA – Tri-City Americans Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today that the team has acquired 19-year-old forward Jackson Playfair from the Spokane Chiefs in exchange for 19-year-old forward Marcus Messier.

Playfair, listed at 6’1 and 215 pounds, is in the midst of his second full WHL season.  Originally listed by the Chiefs in September of 2012, Playfair has appeared in 89 career WHL games, totaling 6 goals, 15 points and 124 penalty minutes.  The Fort St. James, British Columbia-native comes to Tri-City with 4 goals, 6 points, 78 penalty minutes and a plus-1 rating this season.  Jackson is the older brother of current Americans’ prospect, Austyn Playfair, who was signed by Tri-City back in August.  They are both sons of current Phoenix Coyotes Associate Coach, Jim Playfair.

“Jackson is a big, power forward who will add size and depth up front to our line-up,” explained Tory.  “We look forward to him joining our program.”

Meanwhile, Messier wraps up a solid career in Tri-City.  A 5’9 155-pound center from Canmore, Alberta, Messier was Tri-City’s second round (41st overall) pick from the 2009 Bantam Draft.  Currently, Messier has recorded 5 goals, 20 points, and 10 penalty minutes in 39 games. In all, Messier has appeared in 195 career WHL games, all with Tri-City, totaling 21 goals, 56 points, 57 penalty minutes and a minus-8 rating over 3.5 seasons.  Additionally, Messier has played in 7 post-season games, scoring 2 goals in that time.

“We would like to thank Marcus for all he brought to our team,” Tory said.  “He is a great teammate and we wish him all the best in Spokane, as he continues his WHL career.”

Winners of two of their last three games, the Americans now host a home-and-home doubleheader with the division rival Everett Silvertips.  Before hosting the ‘Tips on Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Toyota Center, Tri-City will first travel to Comcast Arena for a 7:35 p.m. face-off on Friday.  Fans can catch all the action live, via WHL Live, at the Americans’ official home away from home, Kimo’s in Richland.

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Playoff Stats

Goalie GP W SO GAA SV%
Eric Comrie 5 1 0 3.46 0.917
Evan Sarthou 0 0 0 0.00 0.000
Player G A PTS PIM
Jessey Astles 1 0 1 2
Parker Bowles 1 2 3 4
Brandon Carlo 0 1 1 8
Ty Comrie 0 0 0 0
Jordan Davies 0 0 0 0
Morgan Geekie 0 0 0 0
Matthew Gelinas 0 0 0 0
Justin Gutierrez 1 3 4 2
Justin Hamonic 1 0 1 6
Riley Hillis 0 0 0 0
Justin Marreck 0 0 0 0
Devon McAndrews 0 0 0 0
Beau McCue 0 1 1 0
Lucas Nickles 0 0 0 4
Jackson Playfair 0 0 0 2
Michal Plutnar 0 0 0 2
Braden Purtill 0 0 0 2
Rodney Southam 0 0 0 0
Josh Thrower 0 0 0 5
Mitch Topping 0 2 2 4
Philip Tot 3 4 7 0
Taylor Vickerman 0 0 0 0
Brian Williams 3 2 5 4
Parker Wotherspoon 0 2 2 2
Standings
  • B.C. Division |
  • Central Division |
  • East Division |
  • U.S. Division |
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Kelowna Rockets 72 57 11 0 4 118
Victoria Royals 72 48 20 1 3 100
Vancouver Giants 72 32 29 7 4 75
Prince George Cougars 72 27 37 3 5 62
Kamloops Blazers 72 14 53 2 3 33
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Edmonton Oil Kings 72 50 19 2 1 103
Calgary Hitmen 72 48 17 3 4 103
Medicine Hat Tigers 72 44 24 3 1 92
Kootenay Ice 72 39 28 2 3 83
Red Deer Rebels 72 35 32 1 4 75
Lethbridge Hurricanes 72 12 55 2 3 29
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Regina Pats 72 39 26 4 3 85
Swift Current Broncos 72 38 25 3 6 85
Brandon Wheat Kings 72 34 29 6 3 77
Prince Albert Raiders 72 35 32 3 2 75
Moose Jaw Warriors 72 21 42 3 6 51
Saskatoon Blades 72 16 51 2 3 37
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Portland Winterhawks 72 54 13 2 3 113
Seattle Thunderbirds 72 41 25 2 4 88
Everett Silvertips 72 39 23 7 3 88
Spokane Chiefs 72 40 26 3 3 86
Tri-City Americans 72 29 33 4 6 68