Tuesday, November 24, 2009

WHL Transactions

Press Release

KENNEWICK, WA – Tri-City Americans Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today that the team has traded for the rights to 19-year-old forward Todd Kennedy from the Vancouver Giants in exchange for a 13th round pick in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft. The move puts Tri-City’s roster at 25 players (15 forwards, 8 defensemen and 2 goaltenders).

Kennedy, listed at 6’3 212 pounds, has appeared in seven games for Vancouver this season, collecting 16 penalty minutes. Now in his third WHL season, Kennedy has appeared in 76 career games, between Regina and Vancouver, totaling three goals, eight points and 162 penalty minutes.

“An opportunity arose late last night to acquire (Todd) from Vancouver. With the pick we acquired from Prince George for (Spencer) Asuchak, we were able to take advantage of this opportunity” Tory explained. “I’ve respected his physical aspect he brings to his game since he was 17 and we look forward to him competing for ice time on this club.”

Todd is expected to arrive in Tri-City later today and will make his Americans debut sometime over the Thanksgiving weekend.



The Portland Winterhawks have traded center Colin Reddin to the Prince Albert Raiders in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft.

Reddin has played in 24 games this season, collecting three goals and three assists for six points. In parts of three seasons in Portland, Reddin totaled 19 goals and 26 assists for 45 points. He was originally selected by Portland in the third round, 51st overall, in the 2005 WHL Bantam Draft.

“Colin is a terrific young man and has always filled every role we’ve asked him to play. We thank him for his contributions to the Winterhawks,” said Portland Winterhawks General Manager & Head Coach Mike Johnston.

Reddin, who will wear #21, is expected to be in Prince Albert later this week and available to be in the line up for two weekend games when the Raiders host Calgary Friday and Lethbridge Saturday.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

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