KENNEWICK, WA – Tri-City Americans’ General Manager Bob Tory announced today that the team has signed 16-year-old forward prospect Justin Gutierrez to a standard WHL Player’s Contract.
Gutierrez, a 6’3 170 lb. forward from Anchorage, Alaska, spent last season playing for the Alaska All-Stars U-16 team. In all, Gutierrez appeared in 39 games while compiling 17 goals, 35 points and 40 penalty minutes. Gutierrez, who was listed by Tri-City in May, just completed the Americans’ rookie camp and is now competing at main camp.
“Justin had a tremendous rookie camp,” explained Tory. “We look forward to him competing for a spot on our roster this season.”
Justin is the younger brother of former Kamloops Blazers and Everett Silvertips forward, Moises Gutierrez, who played in 326 games in five WHL seasons.
The Americans, who just kicked off their main camp this morning, are preparing for their first two exhibition games at the end of the week. On Friday, the Americans will make the trek across the mountains to compete in the Everett Silvertips Pre-Season Tournament at Comcast Arena in Everett. On Friday, Tri-City takes on the host Silvertips at 7:00 p.m. before facing off against the defending U.S. Division Champion Portland Winterhawks on Saturday at 3:00 p.m.
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