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Four Manitobans, Jets Netminder Headline Americans’ All-Decade Team

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Four Manitobans, Jets Netminder Headline Americans’ All-Decade Team

This past week, the Western Hockey League’s Tri-City Americans revealed the results of the club’s online vote to help determine the Americans’ ‘All-Decade Team’ from the years 2010-2020.

“In celebrating the past 10 years of Tri-City Americans hockey, fans cast over 500 ballots last week to help us select the best Americans players from the past 10 seasons,” the Americans wrote in a news release. “The top two goaltenders, 12 forwards, and six defensemen with the most votes were selected.”

Included in that list of 20 players were seven that went on to be selected in the NHL Entry Draft, 13 who have gone on to play professionally up until the 2020 season, two who are set to play AHL hockey and four who are suiting up with U-Sports in Canada.

Known for a number of years as a team that got much of its offensive firepower from Manitoba, five different players with connections to the province were also included on the All-Decade Team roster. Those players are listed below, with stat breakdowns courtesy of Tri-City.

Eric Comrie, Americans Goaltender (2011-2015), Winnipeg Jets

Regular Season 168 GP 2.67 GAA .916 SV% 10 SO
Playoffs 10 GP 3.78 GAA .908 SV% 0 SO

Career Highlights: Hlinka Memorial Gold Medal (2012), WHL West Second All-Star Team (2013-14, 2014-15), WHL Best SV% (2013-14), U20 WJC Gold Medal (2014-15).

Morgan Geekie, Americans Forward (2015-18), Strathclair

Regular Season 216 GP 78 G 124 A 202 TP 82 PIM
Playoffs 20 GP 18 G 10 A 28 TP 8 PIM

Career Highlights: WHL West Second All-Star Team (2016-17), WHL Most Playoff Goals (2017-18) (17), selected in 2017 NHL Draft 67th overall by Carolina Hurricanes.

Adam Hughesman, Americans Forward (2007-12), East. St. Paul

Regular Season 338 GP 140 G 210 A 350 TP 350 PIM
Playoffs 72 GP 19 G 34 A 53 TP  51 PIM

Career Highlights: U17 Bronze Medal (2007-08), WHL West Second All-Star Team (2011-12).

Brendan Shinnimin, Americans Forward (2008-2012), East St. Paul

Regular Season 267 GP 131 G 206 A 337 TP 317 PIM
Playoffs 58 GP 19 G 45 A 64 TP 89 PIM

Career Highlights: WHL West Second All-Star Team (2010-11), CHL Player of the Year (2011-12), CHL Top Scorer (2011-12) (134), WHL West First Team All-Star (2011-12), WHL Best Plus/Minus (2011-12) (+45), WHL Most Points – Bobby Clarke Trophy (2011-12), WHL Player of the Year – Four Broncos Trophy (2011-12).

Justin Hamonic, Americans Defenceman (2011-2015), Winnipeg

Regular Season 255 GP 3 G 43 A 46 TP 199 PIM
Playoffs 29 GP 2 G 0 A 2 TP 15 PIM

Career Highlights: Americans Captain (2013-14, 2014-15).

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com.

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