KENNEWICK -- The Tri-City Americans signed 17-year-old defenseman Wil Tomchuk to a standard Western Hockey League player contract.
Tomchuk, 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, played in 54 games as a rookie this season for the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League with a goal, six points and 55 penalty minutes.
"Wil had a very good rookie season in the AJHL. He is a good skater that plays with an edge," said Ams' general manager Bob Tory. "He will add considerable depth to our blueline next season."
Tory also announced that 19-year-old forward Nathan MacMaster will not be returning to the club for his overage season in 2012-13.
MacMaster, an early season trade acquisition from the Calgary Hitmen, appeared in 58 games for the Ams this season, compiling 5 goals, 11 points and 41 penalty minutes.