By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
Taylor Vickerman grew up playing hockey in the Tri-Cities, so it’s only fitting that he returns to his roots in the Western Hockey League.
After a year with the Vancouver Giants, Vickerman, 17, was traded to the Tri-City Americans on Friday in exchange for a 2015 second-round bantam draft pick.
“I’m at a loss for words,” said Vickerman, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound forward from Kennewick. “I’m still kind of in shock. Still in disbelief. I’m just glad they saw the value in me. I know I will play a bigger role here, put up some points and help the team win.”
The price may have been a bit steep for a young, unproven player, but Tri-City general manager Bob Tory said he believes Vickerman will be an asset to the team.
“We paid a really good price for him,” Tory said. “He is a quality kid and a quality player. With the way the rookie camp is going, we have a lot of good young prospects and felt we could give up a high draft pick. Taylor will bring size and grit to our lineup.”
The trade worked out well for Vancouver and Vickerman, who did not report to the Giants’ training camp earlier this week.