By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
Parker Bowles did not have the start to the season he had hoped.
Instead of pulling on his Tri-City Americans jersey for the first 17 games of the season, he sat in the stands in a suit and tie watching and waiting for doctors to give him the green light to return from a shoulder injury.
“It’s been a really long time,” Bowles said. “I have been practicing a lot. I just got cleared for (contact) about a week ago and I’ve been trying to put a lot more game-type situations in practice.”
Americans coach Jim Hiller has been counting the days for Bowles’ return. The offense, which is averaging just 2.5 goals per game, could use a boost.
“I’ve been waiting for this day way back to summer when I knew he would be delayed,” Hiller said. “The guys have done a good job in his absence. He is one of our top offensive players. His offensive ability will help us and it will go up and down the lineup.”
Bowles makes his return on the first game of the Americans’ Central Division swing. Tri-City is at Medicine Hat tonight, at Lethbridge on Saturday and at Kootenay on Sunday.