Kennewick, Wash. – Tri-City Americans General Manager Bob Tory has finalized the team’s leadership group for the 2019-20 season.
Joining captain Kyle Olson as assistants are forwards Sasha Mutala, Krystof Hrabik and Connor Bouchard. Also added to this leadership group is 20-year-old goaltender Beck Warm. Although he will not wear a letter, Warm will play a key role as a member of this group.
Olson, who recently returned from NHL camp with the Buffalo Sabres, was announced as the team captain in July. The 20-year-old forward was originally selected by Tri-City in the third round, 45th overall in the 2014 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. In 190 games with the club, he has totaled 155 points (48G-107A) and 225 penalty minutes.
Mutala was selected by Tri-City sixth overall at the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft. Through two full seasons and 141 games with the club, he has recorded 76 points (34G-42A) and 64 penalty minutes. In June Mutala became the 64th Americans player selected in the NHL Entry Draft when he was taken 140th overall by the Colorado Avalanche.
Hrabik, a Czech Republic native, joined the Americans after being chosen 41st overall in the 2018 Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Import Draft. He had an impressive first season with the Americans totaling 51 points (21G-30A) and 53 penalty minutes. The 20-year-old forward recently signed a two-year American Hockey League (AHL) contract with the San Jose Barracuda.
Bouchard, selected in the eighth round, 161 overall, in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft, will also wear an “A” for the Americans this season. The 18-year-old forward enters his third WHL campaign with 134 games played, 40 points (9G-31A) and 141 penalty minutes.
Warm was listed by the Americans and signed by the club as a 15-year-old in 2015. He has since played 113 games for Tri-City. Warm has a career goals-against average of 3.24 and save percentage of .905. Coming off a franchise-record 1,925 save season, Warm recently attended NHL camp with the Washington Capitals.
The Americans are back in action Friday, October 11 (8:05 p.m. PT) when they host the Victoria Royals at the Toyota Center Kennewick.