KENNEWICK -- The Tri-City Americans signed 2012 first-round bantam draft pick Parker Wotherspoon on Tuesday to a standard Western Hockey League players contract.
Wotherspoon was the club’s first selection (21st overall) in this year’s bantam draft May 3.
He is a native of Surrey, British Columbia, and became the first defenseman taken by Tri-City in the first round since Zachary Yuen in 2008. He is the eighth defenseman overall selected in the first round.
Last season, the 5-foot-11, 160-pounder combined for 16 goals and 54 points with the Cloverdale Colts, which went 42-10-3 and set a provincial bantam AAA record with 32 consecutive wins before losing the provincial finals to the Burnaby Winter Club.
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Wotherspoon, the younger brother of Portland defenseman, Tyler Wotherspoon, was also chosen as an All-Star.