By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
Jessey Astles is quite familiar with the Tri-City Americans. As a member of the Kelowna Rockets, they faced each other four times a season for three years before the rugged forward was traded to the Saskatoon Blades.
Then there was the second-round playoff series in 2010, where the Americans beat the Rockets 4-1, taking Game 5 by a 4-3 score in overtime.
“That was the worst feeling,” Astles recalled Thursday afternoon.
After Wednesday’s trade, Astles won’t have to face the Americans anymore. Instead, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound native of Coquitlam, British Columbia, will pull on a Tri-City sweater and join the fun.
“When I got the call, I was excited,” Astles said of the trade. “They have always been a good club.”
Astles, who turned 20 on June 4, would have been one of 12 overage players heading back to Saskatoon in the fall. He said the trade did not surprise him.