Dan Mulhausen

KENNEWICK, WA – Tri-City Americans’ Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today that the team has signed 16-year-old forward Parker Bowles to a standard WHL Player’s Contract.

Bowles, currently listed at 5’10 and 150 lb., has played in 32 games this season for the Okanagan Rockets of the British Columbia Major Midget League, totaling a team-high 29 goals and 60 points. As of today, the Kelowna, B.C.-native is second overall in the league’s scoring race while his 29 goals are tops in the BCMML. Bowles was originally listed by Tri-City in March of 2011 and attended the Americans’ rookie camp this past August.

“Parker is a very skilled, elite player, who has really come into his own over the last two seasons,” Tory explained. “We are pleased that Parker has chosen the WHL, and our program, to continue to pursue his hockey aspirations.”

The Americans kick-off a pivotal week of their February schedule tonight, as they travel to Interior Savings Centre for a CHL top-5 match-up with the Kamloops Blazers (37-12-1-3). Game time is 7:00 p.m. It is the fourth and final meeting between the two conference foes, with the Blazers holding a 2-1 edge in the series. All three games have been decided by just one goal, with two having been decided in either overtime or a shootout. 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.