October 17, 2012, KENNEWICK, WA – Tri-City Americans Governor/General Manager Bob Tory would like to congratulate three Americans prospects who have been selected to represent their respective provinces in the 2012 Western Canada U-16 Challenge Cup, which will take place November 1-4, 2012 at the Father David Bauer Arena in Calgary, Alberta.

2012 Western Canada U-16 Challenge Cup Participants:

– Ty Comrie, Forward, Team Alberta

– Parker Wotherspoon, Defense, Team British Columbia

– Braden Purtill, Forward, Team Manitoba

The Western Canada U-16 Challenge Cup will feature the highest rated players in the Under 16 age category representing the four Western Provinces of Alberta, BC, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The four team round robin tournament format is the first step in the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence and assists the four Western Provincial Hockey Associations in evaluating these top prospects in this age group for future high performance programs.

In the inaugural 2009 Western Canada U-16 Challenge Cup, former Americans’ defenseman Riley Guenther and Team Alberta topped Chris Driedger, Justin Hamonic and the rest of Team Manitoba 6-4 to take home the gold medal. Meanwhile, Connor Rankin and Team British Columbia fell 4-2 to Team Saskatchewan in the bronze medal game. Last season, Team Alberta repeated as Cup Champions with a 10-4 win over Team Manitoba. Then, Americans’ prospect Justin Marreck and Team B.C. exacted revenge on Team Saskatchewan, taking the bronze with a 5-4 win.

2012 Western Canada U-16 Challenge Cup Schedule:

Thursday, November 1

Game #1 – Saskatchewan vs. Manitoba, 3:30 PM

Game #2 – British Columbia vs. Alberta, 7:00 PM

Friday, November 2

Game #3 – British Columbia vs. Saskatchewan, 11:30 AM

Game #4 – Alberta vs. Manitoba, 3:00 PM

Saturday, November 3

Game #5 – Saskatchewan vs. Alberta, 11:30 PM

Game #6 – Manitoba vs. British Columbia, 7:00 PM

Sunday, November 4

Bronze Medal Game (3rd Place vs. 4th Place), 9:30 AM

Gold Medal Game (1st Place vs. 2nd Place), 1:00 PM

*All games will take place as the Father David Bauer Arena (Calgary, AB)

Fresh off a 3-0 start to their six-game East Division swing, the Americans hit the ice again tonight at Credit Union Centre for a match-up with the 2013 Memorial Cup hosts, the Saskatoon Blades. Game time is 6:05 p.m. (PST). Fans can catch all the action live, via WHL Live, at the Americans’ home away from home, Kimo’s Sports Restaurant, in Richland. The game will also air live on NewsTalk 870 AM, starting with the Sterling Bank Warm-up Show at 5:45 p.m. (PST).