Brian Williams is a goal scorer. Or at least he was before he pulled on a Tri-City Americans jersey.
The California native can still light the lamp, but he's not doing it with the frequency that he once did. With the likes of Adam Hughesman, Brendan Shinnimin, Patrick Holland, Justin Feser and Connor Rankin on the team, the rookie forward has adjusted his game to whatever helps the team on any given day.
"I don't mind," Williams said. "Your role is your role. It is your part of the team and you do what you can to help your team."
Williams has four goals and 12 assists, and has drawn praise from coach Jim Hiller.
"He has been good for awhile," Hiller said. "He's played left wing, center and right wing. He's shown some versatility. He's not big, but he is competitive. He doesn't back down from anyone."
With the trade deadline looming, teams already are making deals. The Americans picked up forward Jesse Mychan from Everett on Saturday for the price of a 2013 draft pick.
The Regina Pats shipped a third-round selection in the 2013 WHL bantam draft in order to acquire defenseman Luke Fenske from the Vancouver Giants.
The Kootenay Ice acquired 18-year-old defenseman Tanner Muth from the Swift Current Broncos in exchange for 18-year-old forward Adam Rossignol.
This is just a sampling of what will be going on the next couple of days.
Tyler Bunz, the starting goalie for the Medicine Hat Tigers and a draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers, is facing a pair of drunk driving charges in his hometown of St. Albert, Alberta, stemming from an incident in May, according to the Medicine Hat News.
Bunz has entered a not guilty plea and has a trial scheduled for March 5, in St. Albert provincial court.
Tigers general manager Bob McEwen told the News that the club would not comment on the matter.
Bunz was selected by the Oilers in the fifth round (121st overall) in the 2010 National Hockey League draft. He was also invited to Hockey Canada’s selection camp for the World Junior Championships this past December, but was not one of the two goalies selected for the tournament, which recently wrapped up in Edmonton and Calgary.
This little tidbit has been kept quiet for some time, but with the court date approaching, the people's right to know brought it to the surface. Apparently, the team has taken no action (likely since it happened in the offseason), but this could affect the end of the season the playoffs for the Tigers.