August 27, 2013, Kennewick, WA (ISN) – Tri-City Americans Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today that the team has signed 16-year-old prospect Maxwell James to a standard WHL Players Contract.
James, a 6’3 215-pound forward from Kamloops, British Columbia, recently concluded his first season with the Thompson Blazers Midget AAA of the British Columbia Major Midget League. In 40 games this season, James collected 4 goals, 12 points and 69 penalty minutes. James was originally drafted by Tri-City in the 6th round (131st overall) in the 2012 Bantam Draft. With James’ signing today, the Americans have now inked their top-six picks from the 2012 Bantam Draft, joining Parker Wotherspoon, Braden Purtill, Tyler Fraser, Ty Comrie and Evan Sarthou.
“Max has shown tremendous commitment and dedication since last year’s camp,” stated Americans’ Prospect Development Coach/Head Scout Barclay Parneta. “This has resulted in maturation on the ice that is evident in his goal to become a WHL player.”
The Tri-City Americans are in the midst of training camp, eagerly preparing for their first pre-season games this weekend. The Americans will, once again, participate in the Everett Silvertips Pre-Season Classic, presented by Holiday Inn Downtown Everett starting Friday, August 30 and running through Sunday, September 1. Tri-City will open the tournament on Friday against the Seattle Thunderbirds, followed by Saturday’s contest against the Portland Winterhawks and Sunday’s match-up vs. the Victoria Royals. All game times are 11:30 AM at Comcast Arena in Everett.