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BIG MOVE BETWEEN PATS AND AMERICANS

KENNEWICK, WA – Tri-City Americans Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today that the team has acquired 19-year-old forward Carter Ashton and a 3rd round pick in the 2012 Bantam Draft from the Regina Pats in exchange for 18-year-old forward Tanner Olstad, 17-year-old forward Nils Moser, a 1st round pick in this year’s bantam draft as well as 2nd and 5th round picks in the 2012 draft.

Ashton, the 6’3 200-pound right winger, was a first-round (29th overall) selection by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2009 NHL Draft and is currently in Toronto as an invitee to Team Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp.  This season, the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-native has appeared in 29 games and registered 16 goals, 27 points and 44 penalty minutes.  For his WHL career, Ashton has appeared in 206 games between the Pats and the Lethbridge Hurricanes, totaling 75 goals, 137 points and 267 penalty minutes.  Ashton, who was the Hurricanes’ 1st round (6th overall) pick in the 2006 Bantam Draft, is coming off back-to-back 50-point seasons.

Ashton is the son of Brent Ashton, who played for the Saskatoon Blades from 1975-79.  The elder Ashton went on to play 14 seasons in the National Hockey League, appearing in 998 games and scoring 284 goals and 629 points.

“Anytime you have an opportunity to get a player of Ashton’s ability, you have to take a serious look at it,” explained Tory. “We have added a premier player in Ashton to our lineup.”

Moser, listed at 6’0 190 pounds, was Tri-City’s 2nd round (44th overall) pick from the 2008 Bantam Draft.  This season, the right winger from Canmore, Alberta has appeared in 20 games while recording a goal and 15 penalty minutes.  For his career, Moser has played in 58 WHL games, all with Tri-City, picking up three goals, four points and 39 penalty minutes.

Olstad, who was Tri-City’s 8th round (172nd overall) pick in the 2007 Bantam Draft, has appeared in a career-high 20 games this season, totaling one goal, three points and nine penalty minutes.  The Calgary, Alberta-native has competed in 33 WHL contests for his career, collecting one goal, four points and 13 penalty minutes.

“We would like to thank Tanner and Nils for the time they have spent with our hockey club,” Tory continued.  “We wish them all the best in Regina.”

The Americans want to wish Ashton the best of luck at Team Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp and will look forward to his arrival once his obligations have been fulfilled.

Tri-City hosts the Seattle Thunderbirds tonight in the first of a home-and-home doubleheader between the division rivals.  Game time is 7:05 p.m. at Toyota Center before shifting to ShoWare Center on Saturday.  Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster outlets including all Fred Meyer outlets, the Toyota Center box office, or online at ticketmaster.com.  The game will also be broadcast live on NewsTalk 870 AM, starting with the Sterling Savings Bank Warm-up Show at 6:45 p.m.

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Regina, Saskatchewan – Regina Pats General Manager Chad Lang announced today that the Regina Pats have sent 19 year old forward, Carter Ashton and a 2012 3rd round WHL bantam draft pick to the Tri-City Americans in exchange for forward Tanner Olstad, forward Nils Moser, a 1st round pick in the 2011 WHL Bantam draft as well as a 2nd and 5th round pick in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.

17 year old Nils Moser is in his 2nd season with the Americans and has played 20 games so far this season.  He was selected by the Americans in the 2nd round of the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft. Moser was also with the team during their run to the WHL Finals this past spring

18 year old Tanner Olstad is in his 1st full season with the Americans and has played 20 games.

The Pats acquired Carter Ashton on December 9th, 2009 from the Lethbridge Hurricanes in a deal that also saw Craig Orfino and a 3rd round 2010 pick come to the Pats in exchange for Graham Hood, Talor Balog a 2nd 2010 Bantam pick and a 1st round pick in 2011.

“These are always difficult moves to make,” Explains Regina Pats General Manager, Chad Lang. “Carter has been a big part of our hockey club for this past year, so it’s very difficult to see him move on but we felt it was important for our organization moving forward to make the deal.”

Lang continues, “We are excited to receive not only the draft picks but two young players.  Moser is a solid two way forward who we feel has the potential, over time, to be a top six forward.  As a bantam he was selected in the 2nd rd so it shows he is one of the top prospects in his age class.  In Olstad, we are getting a hardworking, energy type forward that gives us even more depth in our line-up. We would like to welcome both players joining our organization and are excited to see them in the line-up.”

“I would like to thank Carter Ashton for his commitment and dedication to our organization and wish him all the best at the upcoming World Junior Selection Camp.”

The Pats will hit the ice tonight in Calgary against the Hitmen. It’s a 7:35 Regina time Press Box Sports Bar pre-game show start with the puck dropping at 8pm.

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