Kennewick, WA – Tri-City Americans’ Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today that the team has acquired 19-year-old defenseman Jeff Hubic from the Kootenay Ice in exchange for a 7th round pick in the 2014 Bantam Draft.
Hubic, a 6’3 182-pound defenseman from Regina, Saskatchewan, is in the middle of his third full WHL season, all of which spent as a member of the Kootenay Ice. Originally a 4th Round (79th overall) pick by the Ice in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft, Hubic made his WHL debut on February 5, 2011 against Vancouver, then joined the Ice full-time for the 2011-12 season. Appearing in 153 career WHL games, Hubic has totaled 2 goals, 14 points and 188 penalty minutes. Hubic comes to Tri-City with 5 assists, 6 points and a plus-5 rating, all of which either match or exceeded his previous career bests.
“With the injuries to (Mitch) Topping and (Wil) Tomchuk, and with Michal (Plutnar) and Parker (Wotherspoon) away for tournaments before and after the Winter Break, we needed to address a depth issue on our blueline,” explained Tory. “Jeff is an experienced defenseman, who will add size to our group. We look forward to him joining our team this weekend.”
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 ticketmaster.com.