Americans acquire Wil Kushniryk from Rockets for conditional draft pick

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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.