Tri-City Herald: Americans ready to celebrate 25th anniversary

By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald

Sean LeBrun remembers the talk in the dressing room before the Tri-City Americans’ first game at the then Tri-Cities Coliseum.

The building was brand new with the price tag still hanging from the roof when the Americans hosted the Seattle Thunderbirds for their first home game Nov. 20, 1988. The players were bantering about who would score the first goal.

That first goal was scored by Seattle’s Dean Ewen at 11:52 of the first period on the power play. LeBrun notched the first one for the Americans 48 seconds later off an assist by Greg Spenrath.

“I remember getting it,” said LeBrun, who lives in Prince George, British Columbia. “I remember it being a big deal before the game. Who would get it and break in the new building.”

Tonight and Saturday, the Americans (13-7-1-1) will celebrate their 25th anniversary when the Kelowna Rockets (12-6-1-1) visit the Toyota Center for back-to-back games.



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