Americans Make Three Separate Trades
The Tri-City Americans made three separate trades Tuesday which saw forward Jordan Messier and defenseman Sam Grist leave town and forward Ryan Chynoweth arrive from Everett. Below are the official team releases on all three deals
KENNEWICK, WA – Tri-City Americans Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today that the team has traded overage forward Jordan Messier to the Moose Jaw Warriors in exchange for a 4th round pick in the 2014 Bantam Draft.
Today’s trade brings Tri-City’s roster down to the WHL-mandated three overage player limit and includes forwards Justin Feser and Jesse Mychan and defenseman Drydn Dow.
Messier, a 6’2 190-pound right wing from Canmore, Alberta, has spent his entire WHL career with Tri-City after being taken in the 2nd round (40th overall) of the 2007 Bantam Draft. Since making his WHL debut on September 20, 2008 as a 16-year-old, Messier has gone on to appear in 270 WHL games for the Americans, recording 77 goals, 163 points, 224 penalty minutes and a career plus-11 rating. His 270 games in a Tri-City sweater also place him 11th on the Americans’ all-time games played list. Messier also leaves with his name etched in the Americans’ post-season record book, wrapping up his career ranked t-4th in games played (58), 4th in goals scored (14) and 9th in points (28).
“This was truly an unfortunate situation, as we have watched Jordan develop into a fine player during his career in Tri-City,” explained Tory. “Jordan is a quality person and has worn the Americans’ logo proudly during his tenure. He was a big part of our success over the last 4 seasons.”
“He will be missed by everyone in our organization and we wish him nothing but the best in Moose Jaw.”
KENNEWICK, WA – Tri-City Americans Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today that the team has acquired 17-year-old Ryan Chynoweth (pron. Shuh-Nowth) from the Everett Silvertips in exchange for a conditional 5th round pick in the 2014 Bantam Draft.
Chynoweth, a 6’1 175-pound forward from Cranbrook, British Columbia, was originally drafted by Everett in the 2nd Round (24th overall) in the 2010 Bantam Draft and made his WHL debut against Tri-City on January 1, 2011. Last year, in his rookie season, Chynoweth appeared in 66 games, totaling 2 goals, 8 points and 40 penalty minutes. He also appeared in all 4 of Everett’s first round playoff games against Tri-City, going without a point but collecting 2 penalty minutes and a plus-1 rating.
Ryan is the son of current Kootenay Ice Governor/President/General Manager, Jeff Chynoweth.
“Ryan is a quality kid who adds depth to our forward crop,” said Tory. “I’ve known the Chynoweth family for a long time and we welcome the addition of Ryan to our roster.”
KENNEWICK, WA – Tri-City Americans Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today that the team has traded 19-year-old Sam Grist to the Kamloops Blazers in exchange for a 3rd round pick in the 2013 Bantam Draft and a 5th round pick in the 2014 Draft.
After a whirlwind of moves, today’s trades brings Tri-City’s roster down to the WHL-mandated three overage player limit and includes forwards Justin Feser and Jesse Mychan and defenseman Drydn Dow. The Americans’ roster now sits at 24 players, including 14 forwards, 8 defenseman and 2 goaltenders.
Grist, a 6’4 200-pound defenseman from N. Saanich, British Columbia, was originally listed by Tri-City in April of 2010 before joining the club full time at the start of the 2010-11 season. Since then, Grist has gone on to appear in 119 WHL games, while totaling 3 goals, 15 points, 207 penalty minutes and a career plus-17 rating. Prior to posting a season full of personal bests in 2011-12, Grist received a free agent invite to the Philadelphia Flyers’ training camp in 2011.
“With the emergence of some of our younger defensemen like (Wil) Tomchuk and (Brodie) Clowes, who is close to returning to practice, we had to get our numbers down on defense,” explained Tory. “This move allows Sam to play on a good team, closer to home, while opening some ice time for our other players.”
Tory continued by saying that “Sam has been a great teammate and will be missed. We wish him all the best in Kamloops.”