ANTIGONISH, Nova Scotia — Former Tri-City Americans captain Justin Feser is reuniting with former teammate Drew Owsley after committing to play for St. Francis Xavier University.
“We are extremely excited to add Justin to the X-Men hockey program,” coach Brad Peddle said in a news release. “He is a top recruit and a proven offensive player that had a very consistent WHL career with a strong Tri-City program.
“Justin is a dynamic player that can play in any situation and will make a big impact to our offense. He is a high character individual with great leadership skills, combined with a tremendous work ethic, evident by his current WHL Iron-Man title.
He may still have some pro options available over the summer, but unless the right contract presents itself, he will be an outstanding addition to our hockey program and a great fit to our returning group.”
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Owsley, a native of Lethbridge, Alberta, just finished his first year with the X-Men, going 6-7 last season in 15 appearances. He had a 2.90 goals against average and a .912 save percentage.
Owsley played three seasons with the Americans (2008-11) and ranks sixth in career games played (122) and minutes played (6,603), and ranks third in wins with 76.
Feser, a 5-foot-9, 190 pound forward from Red Deer, Alberta, played five seasons with the Americans. This past season, he scored 106 points (44 goals and 62 assists) in 72 games played, finishing fourth overall in WHL scoring. He was named the WHL’s Western Conference MVP.
Feser played in 414 career WHL games, collecting 173 goals and 230 assists for a career total of 403 points. He also posted a career plus-90 over his career, and holds the WHL Iron-Man record of 326 consecutive games.
“I am excited about joining the X-Men hockey team and I look forward to contributing to the team’s future success,” Feser said. “I also value the opportunities available with StFX’s academic program and I look forward to the Atlantic Canada experience.”
At the end of the 2012-13 WHL season, Feser was offered an amateur tryout contract with the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League (AHL), where he played six games and collected a pair of assists.