Americans acquire big-bodied Huo from Thunderbirds

Brian Liesse


The Tri-City Americans have acquired 2001-born centre Samuel Huo from the Seattle Thunderbirds in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft.

A 6-foot-4, 184-pound product of Richmond, B.C., Huo has tallied a career-high nine points (3G-6A) in 34 games with Seattle this season.

“Samuel is a young, experienced forward with good upside,” said Bob Tory, general manager of the Americans, in a team release. “After the departure of Isaac Johnson and recent injuries we felt it was necessary to add another forward to our roster.”

Originally listed by the Thunderbirds, Huo signed a WHL Standard Player Agreement in August 2017. He followed up by dressing in 67 games with the Thunderbirds during his rookie season, registering six points (3G-3A) and 31 penalty minutes along the way. He also skated in five games during the 2018 WHL Playoffs.

Huo joins an Americans squad looking to keep pace in a competitive U.S. Division. Heading into the 2019 WHL Trade Deadline, Tri-City ranks fourth in the U.S. Division with a record of 20-15-1-1 (42 points). With three games in hand on the third-place Spokane Chiefs, the Americans hope to erase an eight-point deficit in pursuit of the 2019 WHL Playoffs.

Tri-City travels to Everett to face the Silvertips on Friday (7:35 p.m. PT), while the Thunderbirds visit the Moose Jaw Warriors (5 p.m. PT).

The 2019 WHL Trade Deadline arrives Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. MT.

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