Americans Sign Prospect Matthew Gelinas

Kennewick, WA – Tri-City Americans Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today that the club has signed 17-year-old prospect Matthew Gelinas (pron. Jel-in-aw) to a standard WHL Players Contract.

Gelinas, a 6’3 205-pound left wing from Calgary, Alberta, is currently playing his second season with the Calgary Royals of the Alberta Midget Hockey League.  Through 24 games this season, Gelinas leads the Royals in both goals scored (18) and points (30) to go along with his 30 penalty minutes.  Gelinas also sits just outside the top-5 in the race for the AMHL scoring title.  Last season, Gelinas finished his rookie season with the Royals by totaling 4 goals and 13 points in 34 games.

Matthew is the son of longtime NHL veteran, and current Calgary Flames assistant coach, Martin Gelinas.  Martin, a former first round pick by Los Angeles in 1988, played in 1,273 NHL games between Edmonton, Quebec, Vancouver, Carolina, Calgary, Florida and Nashville, combining for 309 goals, 660 points and 820 penalty minutes.  Martin, the former Canadian Hockey League Rookie of the Year (1988), won a Stanley Cup championship with Edmonton in 1990 and made three more Stanley Cup Final appearances with Vancouver (1994), Carolina (2002) and Calgary (2004).

“Matthew is a skilled player, with very good size, and comes from a talented family,” explained Tory.  “He has a nose for the net and excellent vision and we see him developing into a nice offensive player.  We are happy that Matt and his family have committed to the WHL and to being a part of our program.”

Gelinas will join the club this Wednesday and Friday, when the Americans play on the road against the Kamloops Blazers and Kelowna Rockets respectively, and then will return to Calgary to continue his second season with the Royals.

Fresh off a weekend split with the Victoria Royals, Tri-City rounds out their four-game road swing this week.  Before wrapping up the swing on Friday in Kelowna, the Americans will visit Interior Savings Centre on Wednesday for their third meeting with the Blazers this year.  The series is currently knotted at one, with each team earning a home-ice victory thus far.  Game time is 7:00 p.m.  Fans can catch all the action live, via WHL Live, at the Americans’ home away from home, Kimo’s, in Richland.  The game will also air live on NewsTalk 870 AM, starting with the Sterling Bank Warm-up Show at 6:45 p.m.

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Jan 08, 2013 - 11:45 AM

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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
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  • East Division |
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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