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Hamonic Tabbed as Americans' Captain for 2014-15 Season

Apr 10, 2014 - 10:00 GMT

Kennewick, WA – Tri-City Americans’ Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today that 20-year-old defenseman Justin Hamonic will serve as the team’s captain for the upcoming 2014-15 season.  The announcement came less than two weeks after the Americans’ 2013-14 season came to an end.  Hamonic becomes the 26th captain in the franchise’s history.

Hamonic, who just concluded his third full WHL season, is coming off a career-best 2013-14 campaign, recording new highs in assists (14) and points (15).  In 183 career games, all with the Americans, the Winnipeg, Manitoba-native has registered 2 goals, 27 points, 104 penalty minutes and plus-7 rating.  

Originally drafted by the Americans in the 5th Round (102nd overall) of the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft, Hamonic played his first full WHL season in 2011-12, making his WHL debut as a member of the Americans on September 30, 2011 at Portland.  Hamonic becomes the second consecutive defenseman to be named captain of the Americans and just the fourth over the last 15 seasons, joining T.J. Fast (2007-08), Jarrett Toll (2009-10) and Mitch Topping (2013-14).  This past season, Hamonic also served two months as the Americans’ interim team captain, while Topping was out with an injury.

“It’s a great honor to be named captain of such a first-class organization…I’m very excited about it,” stated Hamonic.  “I’ve been able to learn from some great leaders like (Mitch) Topping, (Justin) Feser and Mason Wilgosh.  I hope I’ll be able to lead this team as well and as successfully as they have in the past.”

“Justin is the natural choice for next season’s captain.  As a four-year veteran, he knows our expectations and culture,” explained Tory.  “He served as interim captain when Mitch (Topping) was injured and did an excellent job.  We look forward to Justin leading our team next season.”

The Americans are pleased to announce that 2014-2015 Season Tickets are now on sale!  Enjoy the best seats – and the best rates – in the Toyota Center!  And, ask about our brand new Complete Season Plan, featuring tickets to every home game, from pre-season to post-season, all for one low monthly payment!  Call (509) 736-0606, visit AmsHockey.com or drop by the Americans offices’ at the bottom level of the Toyota Center for more information.

All-Time Americans Captains:
2014-15: Justin Hamonic
2013-14: Mitch Topping
2012-13: Justin Feser
2011-12: Mason Wilgosh
2010-11: Kruise Reddick
2009-10: Jarrett Toll
2008-09: Taylor Procyshen
2007-08: T.J. Fast
2006-07: Alex Aldred
2005-06: Matt Schneider
2004-05: Marcus Jonasen
2003-04: Marcus Jonasen
2002-03: Ben Kilgour
2001-02: Ben Kilgour
2000-01: Ben Kilgour, Blake Evans
1999-00: Darrell Hay
1998-99: Mike Muzechka
1997-98: Craig Stahl
1996-97: Brent Ascroft
1995-96: Daymond Langkow
1994-95: Chad Cabana
1993-94: Chad Cabana, Gary Lebsack
1992-93: Todd Klassen
1991-92: Terry Degner
1990-91: Steve McNutt
1989-90: Stu Barnes, Rob Krauss
1988-89: Greg Spenrath