By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
Tri-City Americans captain Justin Feser was named to the Western Conference first team Thursday, joining Portland forward Nic Petan and Kamloops’ Colin Smith. Brenden Kichton of Spokane and Seth Jones of Portland are the defensemen, while Portland’s Mac Carruth was named the top goalie.
Feser finished the regular season playing 321 consecutive games. He took over the WHL Iron title March 1. Feser finished tied for fourth in WHL scoring with 106 points, including 44 goals. He also had a plus-20 rating and 57 penalty minutes.
“He deserves that,” Americans coach Jim Hiller said of Feser’s award. “He’s been great for five years. Maybe he’s been overshadowed a little bit. This year, people got a good understanding of how good he is. I’ve talked to other coaches around the league and they have such great respect for Fes and what he’s done. When people talk about our team, outside of our team, they talk about Fes.”
Topping, in his second year with the Americans, has been involved in many charitable organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, school reading programs, working with animals at the Humane Society, helping area youth learn to skate and play hockey, hospital visits, signing events, Salvation Army Kettle Drive and Special Olympics.
Topping and Feser also formed Making Awareness a Top Priority to Fes Out Muscular Dystrophy.
Their efforts raised more than $14,656 for MDA. Their original goal was $2,500.