By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
Last August, Tri-City general manager Bob Tory pulled the trigger on a trade with Lethbridge that brought forward Phil Tot to the Americans.
The team had high hopes with Tot in the lineup. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Calgary, Alberta, native brought size and a much needed scoring touch after the departure of 50-goal scorers Brendan Shinnimin, Adam Hughesman and Patrick Holland.
Tot, who will turn 20 on Sept. 16, had two goals and five assists in his first 15 games. But just as he was getting the hang of the Americans’ game plan, Tot took a hit Oct. 26 at Seattle, suffering a concussion that ended his season.
Tot returned to the Americans for training camp two weeks ago and played his first game in 10 months last weekend in the Everett Tournament.
“It’s a pretty good feeling, to be honest,” Tot said of lacing up his skates and getting back on the ice with his teammates. “I’m feeling pretty confident. Last year was a bit of a disappointment. The long time off really helped me. The first game after 10 months was weird, for sure. It was really high paced, but I felt OK. I was tentative and maybe a little more aware of things. I played smart and made plays.”