by Dan Mulhausen
January 10, 2014, KENNEWICK, WA (ISN) – Tri-City Americans Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today that the team has acquired 19-year-old forward Jackson Playfair from the Spokane Chiefs in exchange for 19-year-old forward Marcus Messier.
Playfair, listed at 6’1 and 215 pounds, is in the midst of his second full WHL season. Originally listed by the Chiefs in September of 2012, Playfair has appeared in 89 career WHL games, totaling 6 goals, 15 points and 124 penalty minutes. The Fort St. James, British Columbia-native comes to Tri-City with 4 goals, 6 points, 78 penalty minutes and a plus-1 rating this season. Jackson is the older brother of current Americans’ prospect, Austyn Playfair, who was signed by Tri-City back in August. They are both sons of current Phoenix Coyotes Associate Coach, Jim Playfair.
“Jackson is a big, power forward who will add size and depth up front to our line-up,” explained Tory. “We look forward to him joining our program.”
Meanwhile, Messier wraps up a solid career in Tri-City. A 5’9 155-pound center from Canmore, Alberta, Messier was Tri-City’s second round (41st overall) pick from the 2009 Bantam Draft. Currently, Messier has recorded 5 goals, 20 points, and 10 penalty minutes in 39 games. In all, Messier has appeared in 195 career WHL games, all with Tri-City, totaling 21 goals, 56 points, 57 penalty minutes and a minus-8 rating over 3.5 seasons. Additionally, Messier has played in 7 post-season games, scoring 2 goals in that time.
“We would like to thank Marcus for all he brought to our team,” Tory said. “He is a great teammate and we wish him all the best in Spokane, as he continues his WHL career.”
Winners of two of their last three games, the Americans now host a home-and-home doubleheader with the division rival Everett Silvertips. Before hosting the ‘Tips on Saturday at the Toyota Center, Tri-City will first travel to Comcast Arena for a 7:35 p.m. face-off on Friday. Fans can catch all the action live, via WHL Live, at the Americans’ official home away from home, Kimo’s in Richland.