TCH: Ams additions adjusting to the Tri-Cities

Doug Love

By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald

Jackson Playfair stood in the visitors dressing room at Comcast Arena in Everett last Friday taking in the sights and sounds of his new team.

Playfair, 19, who spent 11⁄2 years with the Spokane Chiefs before a trade last week sent him to Spokane’s biggest rival — the Tri-City Americans — accepted his new jersey, No. 24, with an open mind.

“They have me wearing my brother’s number from back in camp,” said Playfair, whose younger brother Austyn signed with Tri-City in August. “He wore it in for me. It’s nice to be able to step in and put it on. It was a change, something I didn’t think I would be doing, but I’m happy to do it. I thought my chest might burn a bit from the logo, but it was all good. It fit right.”

Playfair is one of two new additions to the Americans, who revamped their roster at the WHL trade deadline last week. Also joining the Americans, who are back on the ice Friday in Seattle, is defenseman Josh Thrower, 17, who was acquired from Calgary.

As the new came in, four familiar faces said good-bye — veteran forwards Connor Rankin (to Calgary) and Marcus Messier (to Spokane), and defensemen Wil Tomchuk (to Prince George) and Jeff Hubic, whom the Americans sent down to the Melville Millionaires of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

“We have a pretty good run over the last seven years,” said Tri-City general manager Bob Tory. “We have been very fortunate. This has been a tough year with the injuries, but we have never used injuries as an excuse. We had that long losing streak, which was a 10-year record, and that didn’t make me happy. There were some things going on with the culture within the room that weren’t acceptable. From my standpoint, when that happens things have to change.”

And change they did. The Americans moved four 19-year-old players, got one back in return in Playfair, and added Thrower. After all the moves, the Americans’ average age is 17.83 — making them the youngest team in the WHL.

 

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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