KENNEWICK, WA – Tri-City Americans Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today that the team has traded 17-year-old defenseman Riley Guenther (pron. Gun-ther) to the Prince Albert Raiders in exchange for a 5th round pick in the 2013 bantam draft.
Guenther, listed at 6’0 and 190 pounds, is in the midst of his first full WHL season, appearing in 10 games this season and collecting 1 assist and 6 penalty minutes. He also played in 6 games last season as an affiliate player call-up. Prior to joining the Americans, Guenther was named Chrysler Division First Team All-Star in 2010-11 while playing for the Calgary Northstars of the Alberta Midget Hockey League. Additionally, Guenther played for and won a gold medal as a member of Team Alberta at the 2009 Western Canada U-16 Challenge Cup. The Calgary, Alberta-native was originally selected by Tri-City in the 3rd Round (63rd overall) of the 2009 Bantam Draft.
“Riley is a quality kid and this move will allow him to play closer to home in front of his family and friends,” explained Tory. “We wish Riley all the best in Prince Albert.”
The Americans will wrap up their 5-game road trip against four of the Western Conference’s best. With road games looming vs. Vancouver, Spokane and Portland, the Americans must first travel to Interior Savings Centre for a match-up with the B.C. Division’s first-place Kamloops Blazers (28-10-1-2). Game time is 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11. The Blazers come in having won three straight and 4 of their last 5, while looking to avenge a 3-2 overtime loss to the Americans back on Nov. 19 in Kennewick. Fans can catch all the action live, via WHL Live, at Kimo’s, the Americans’ home away from home, starting at 7:00 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on NewsTalk 870 AM, starting with the Sterling Savings Bank Warm-up Show at 6:45 p.m.