November 26, 2013, KENNEWICK, WA (ISN) – Tri-City Americans’ Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today that 19-year-old defenseman Justin Hamonic will serve as the team’s interim captain, until current team captain Mitch Topping returns from injury.

Also, the team announced today that overage forwards Philip Tot and Jessey Astles have been named assistant captains.

Hamonic, who is in the midst of his third full WHL season, is coming off a career-best 2012-13 campaign, recording new highs in assists (7), points (8) and plus/minus (+9). In 139 career WHL games, the Winnipeg, Manitoba-native has registered 2 goals, 19 points and 71 penalty minutes.

“When Mitch returns, he will, once again, be our team captain,” explained Tory. “However, in the meantime, I felt it was important to designate a captain in the dressing room.”

Originally drafted by the Americans in the 5th Round (102nd overall) of the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft, Hamonic played his first full WHL season in 2011-12, making his WHL debut as a member of the Americans on September 30, 2011 at Portland.

Tri-City Americans are preparing for a Thanksgiving weekend doubleheader at Toyota Center. Before hosting the rival Spokane Chiefs on Saturday, November 30, the Americans welcome the Victoria Royals to Kennewick on Friday, November 29. Both game times are 7:05 p.m. Tickets are on sale now through all Ticketmaster outlets, including the Toyota Center box office, all Fred Meyer locations, or online at