KENNEWICK, WA – Tri-City Americans General Manager Bob Tory announced today that the team has signed 15-year-old left defenseman Ben Feenan to a WHL Standard Player Agreement.
“Ben had a tremendous training camp with our hockey club this year, where he was the fitness award winner for our prospects,” stated Tory. “He is a skilled defenseman who skates well and has an offensive element to his game.”
The Langley, BC native was selected by the Americans in the sixth round (121st overall) of the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft. This season he is playing for Yale Hockey Academy Midget Prep in the CSSHL. Through 18 games the 6-foot, 160-pound defenseman has totaled 11 points (2 goals and 9 assists) and 6 penalty minutes.
“Ben was the first defenceman we chose in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft and we knew at the time we were very fortunate to still have the opportunity to select an elite defender like him to lead our future defense corps and augment a strong 2004-born forward group.” stated Americans Assistant General Manager and Head Scout Roy Stasiuk. “Ben is a big, strong and mobile defender who plays a complete two-way game, and more importantly, plays a solid team game not a me game. Bob Tory and I have always placed a big emphasis on good people overachieving and character before ability.”
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“I feel honoured to be able to sign with Tri-City and am excited about my future with the organization,” stated Feenan. “The Americans are a great organization with good values. All the communication that I have had with the Tri-City staff since I was drafted has been positive and helpful. The players at training camp were also extremely welcoming and seemed to love playing for the Americans. After weighing my options, it became clear that Tri-City will provide me with the best opportunity to develop as a player and as a person.”
The Americans return home next Saturday for the annual Fred Meyer/Wireless Vision Teddy Bear Toss at the Toyota Center. Fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used stuffed animals to the game and throw them on the ice when the Americans score their first goal. The donated toys will be distributed to local charities throughout the Mid-Columbia.Get more details here.