Americans Deal Driedger to Hitmen

John Allen

KENNEWICK, WA – Tri-City Americans Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today that the team has traded 17-year-old goaltender Chris Driedger to the Calgary Hitmen in exchange for a 3rd round pick in the 2012 Bantam Draft.

Driedger, listed at 6’2 175 pounds, had a solid rookie season with Tri-City, appearing in 22 games while compiling a 6-6-0-1 record.  The Winnipeg, Manitoba native finished his first WHL season with a 3.50 goals against average and a 0.881 save percentage, all as a 16-year-old.  Driedger also got a taste of international competition in 2010-11, serving as the starting goaltender for Team West at the 2011 World U17 Hockey Challenge in Winnipeg.  In four tournament games, Driedger compiled a 3.26 goals against average and a 0.880 save percentage.  As a 15-year-old, Driedger also led Team Manitoba to a silver medal at the 2009 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup.  This off-season, Driedger served as the only WHL goaltender to earn an invitation to Hockey Canada’s annual U18 Program of Excellence Goaltending Camp this past June.

“With our depth at the goaltender position, a trade with going to be necessary sooner or later,” Tory explained.  “Going into his NHL Draft year, Chris deserves a chance to play more WHL games that he did last year and I could not guarantee that would occur for him here.”

“Calgary is a good fit for him and this helps us replenish some (Bantam) Draft picks that we have given up in the past,” continued Tory.  “We thank Chris for all his contributions to our team and wish him nothing but the best in Calgary.”

Tri-City Americans season ticket plans are now available for the 2011-12 season.  Season ticket plans can be purchased by using several, convenient monthly payment schedules after a one-time service charge.  Call 509.736.0606, visit AmsHockey.com or drop by the Americans offices’ at the bottom level of the Toyota Center for more information.

Comments

AMS Store

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