October 22, 2018
by Robert Murray
The Tri-City Americans have acquired forward Wil Kushniryk from the Kelowna Rockets in a Monday afternoon trade.
In return, the Rockets have received a conditional fifth-round selection in the 2020 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.
The 18-year-old Kushniryk had just entered his second season with the Rockets.
In 51 games last season, Kushniryk had recorded five points (2G-3A) with one game-winning goal. In four games this season, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound product of Chilliwack, B.C. had been held pointless.
Kushniryk is a product of the Yale Hockey Academy where he registered 17 points (9G-8A) in 30 games with the Canadian Sport School Hockey League club.
Americans General Manager Bob Tory commented:
“Wil is a big guy with WHL experience. He skates very well and will add depth to our forward group. With the long-term injury to Paycen Bjorklund we felt it was necessary to add a veteran forward.
“We look forward to Wil joining our team in Prince George,” said Tory.
The Americans are in action next on Tuesday, October 23 (7:00 p.m. PT) when they head to northern British Columbia to battle the Prince George Cougars.