Americans acquire Hyman from Pats for Clayton, draft pick

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Aaron Hyman is heading back to the the Evergreen State and the U.S. Division.

The Tri-City Americans acquired the overage defenceman from the Regina Pats Monday afternoon in exchange for fellow overager Brett Clayton and a third-round selection in the 2019 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

“Aaron upgrades our blue line adding experience and depth,” said Tri-City Americans General Manager Bob Tory.

As the team’s top offensive option on the blue line, Hyman flourished with the Pats this season, posting 24 points (5G-19A) in 25 games, including two power-play goals. Originally selected in the third round, 49th overall, by the Calgary Hitmen in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, Hyman has had quite the career to date.

The 6-foot-5, 221-pound product of Calgary, Alta. played 71 WHL regular season games with the Hitmen before being traded to the Seattle Thunderbirds, where he played a strong role in helping them capture the franchise’s first Ed Chynoweth Cup in 2017. After 65 games with the Thunderbirds, Hyman was dealt to the Pats and played with them down the stretch, helping them into the championship game at the 2018 Memorial Cup in the Queen City.

Overall, Hyman has appeared in 189 WHL regular season games, posting 56 points (11G-45A), including three power-play goals. He’s also appeared in 30 WHL playoff games, totalling eight points (1G-7A), with his lone goal coming on the power play. He’s also appeared in the 2017 and 2018 editions of the Memorial Cup.

“We wish Aaron all the best,” said  Pats VP of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Paddock. “We thank him for his contributions to our special year last year and this season.”

In return, the Pats have received Clayton, a 20-year-old product on Abbotsford, B.C. Clayton was originally selected by the Saskatoon Blades in the 10th round, 206th overall, in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. Since then, he’s appeared in 163 WHL regular season games posting 21 points (9G-21A), including a pair of game-winning goals. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound forward has also appeared in 24 WHL playoff games, recording a single goal.

“We are happy to welcome Brett to Regina,” added Paddock.

The Americans take to the ice next when they host the Prince George Cougars on Tuesday, November 27 (7:05 p.m. PT). The Pats are back in action Friday, November 30 (7:30 p.m. CT) heading east to take on the Brandon Wheat Kings at Westoba Place.


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