Tri Cities Wa sports has seen a year like no other. Congratulations to the Tri-City Americans players and staff for the most amazing season in franchise history. They amassed 52 wins, 108 points and most importantly for the fans their first U.S. Division title. The Ams also captured the prestigious Scotty Munro trophy for the best record in the Western Hockey League as a whole. Along with that award the Ams earn home ice throughout the playoffs. Just a few short years ago we almost lost this team. In fact, not too long ago Americans co-owner and general manager Bob Tory told me there was a window as small as a half an hour to keep the team here. Thanks to Bob, Olie Kolzig, Stu Barnes and Dennis Lohman, along with the efforts of our U.S. Division rivals/friends, the team stayed and now we have a Division title to celebrate. We have never seen a 12-month period like this in the Tri-Cities. The Fever made the playoffs last summer, the Dust Devils won their first East Division title and played in the Northwest League Championship Series, and now the Americans have won their Division and hold home ice through the playoffs. Enjoy the success sports fans, you are in rarified air. Here's to the Tri-Cities Fever in their continued pursuit of excellence. In the team's three years of existence we have been blessed with three playoff appearances and one championship. The Fever will look to continue that streak behind new head coach Cedric Walker and returning star wide receiver J.R. Thomas and one of the gutsiest guys I've seen on that field and a big spark plug for last year's squad, Emery Beckles. Source Posted by Colleen Lane on
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