Tri-City Herald: Americans trade Jordan Messier to Moose Jaw

By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald

For four years, Jordan Messier called the Tri-Cities home.

Tuesday, Messier was the odd man out when Tri-City Americans general manager Bob Tory had to trim his roster to the Western Hockey League maximum of three 20-year-old players.

Messier was dealt to the Moose Jaw Warriors for a fourth-round bantam draft pick in 2014.

“It’s a tough day,” Messier said. “I’ve been coming down here since I was 14 years old. This has been more of my home than Canmore (Alberta) the last four years. It would have been a tough day no matter what.”

Messier’s departure leaves the Americans with overage defenseman Drydn Dow and forwards Justin Feser and Jesse Mychan. “It’s a stressful time,” Tory said from Calgary, where the league general managers are meeting. “It’s hard to give a player away for no other reason than his age. With the deadline coming, you want to get assets for these guys. Jordan has been here a long time, and I thank him for his time. It was hard to move him.

“Drydn didn’t figure into the process until Jesse got hurt,” Tory said. “He stabilized our back end, played forward and defense, and proved he deserved to play here. That threw a monkey wrench into the whole process. Drydn is an underrated player.”

Moving Messier was just one transaction Tory made Tuesday. The others included trading defenseman Sam Grist, 19, to the Kamloops Blazers and acquiring forward Ryan Chynoweth, 17, from the Everett Silvertips.

 

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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