AMERICANS ADD GUEST COACHES FOR TRAINING CAMP
KENNEWICK, WA – Tri-City Americans Governor and General Manager Bob Tory announced today that former Americans players Alex Aldred and Eric Johansson will be attending the Americans training camp as guest coaches.
Aldred, 30, played for the Americans from 2005 through 2007, serving as team captain in his final season. Before coming to the Americans, Alex spent 3 seasons with the Portland Winterhawks. At the conclusion of his Americans career, Alex then went on to have a fine career at the University of New Brunswick where he utilized his WHL scholarship to play CIS hockey.
Alex Aldred WHL Totals
GP: 331 Goals: 46 Assists: 103 Points: 149 PIM: 296
Johansson, 34 played for the Americans from 1997 through 2002. He went on to have a 16 year professional career in the AHL and then on to Europe.
Eric Johansson WHL Totals
GP: 262 Goals: 112 Assists: 154 Points: 266 PIM: 203
“Having guest coaches at training camp is a common practice in professional football. With our large rosters during training camp, this approach gives our players more one on one interaction with our coaching staff. This is also an opportunity for both former players [Aldred and Johansson] to grow and gain experience as coaches as they both transition into coaching in the future,” stated Tory.
The Americans are also excited to announce that Americans Alumnus and 20-year NHL veteran Stu Barnes along with former WHL player and 10-year NHL veteran Adam Deadmarsh will also be at the Americans training camp as guest coaches this year.
Barnes, 45 played for the Americans from 1988 through 1990 before going on to a lengthy, 20 year NHL career. He is also one of the Tri-City Americans co-owners. Stu is presently coaching at the Okanagan Hockey Academy in Penticton, BC.
Stu’s son Jack, an Americans draft pick, will be attending his second training camp with the Americans after playing last year at Okanagan Hockey Academy Midget Prep where he accounted for 9 goals and 24 assists in 58 games.
Stu Barnes WHL Totals
GP: 204 Goals: 148 Assists: 238 Points: 386 PIM: 370
GP: 1136 Goals: 261 Assists: 336 Points: 597 PIM: 438
Deadmarsh, 41, played four years in the WHL with the Portland Winterhawks before going on to a 10 year NHL career, winning the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche. “Adam is one of the first players I scouted when I started in the hockey business and is a former teammate of head coach, Mike Williamson,” said Tory.
Adam Deadmarsh WHL Totals
GP: 220 Goals: 134 Assists: 142 Points: 276 PIM: 578
GP: 567 Goals: 184 Assists: 189 Points: 373 PIM: 819