Tri-City Americans

Ams trade for rights to Swift Current defenseman

Tri-City Americans announced today they traded for the rights to 18-year-old defenseman Scott Macaulay from the Swift Current Broncos in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2009 Western Hockey League bantam draft.

Macaulay has not committed to playing in the WHL because he is considering playing NCAA hockey. He is, however, the younger brother of Tri-City forward Blair Macaulay.

“Scott’s desire has always been to pursue an NCAA scholarship,” Ams general manager Bob Tory said in a news releases. “We are hoping that with our connections to Winnipeg and with the positive experience his brother had with our organization that Scott will attend training camp and make a decision on our program at that time.”

Scott Macaulay, a 5-foot-9, 175-pound defenseman from Winnipeg, Manitoba, appeared in 55 games for the Winnipeg Saints of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League last season, registering 9 goals, 47 points and 118 penalty minutes. He was named the MJHL Defenseman of the Month in March and helped lead the Saints to the 2007-08 Addison Division title and the MJHL finals.

“Scott is a skilled D-man with very good skating ability,” Tory said. “He has excelled offensively at all levels that he has played at.

The Americans’ rookie camp runs Aug. 20-23, concluding with the annual Todd Klassen Memorial Classic. Main camp begins Aug. 24.

In other team news, Tri-City standout goalie Chet Pickard is attending Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence goaltending camp. It began today and runs through Sunday.

Twelve goaltenders — eight in the under-20 age category (candidates for the National Junior Team) and four in the under-18 category (candidates for the National Men’s Under-18 Team) — will get the opportunity to work with Corey Hirsch, Hockey Canada’s goaltending consultant, and a number of other instructors during the four-day camp.

All 12 goaltenders were selected by Hockey Canada based on evaluations done by Hirsch and Hockey Canada head scout Al Murray during the 2007-08 season and in consultation with coaches, general managers and team officials throughout the Canadian Hockey League and National Hockey League.

Jake Allen, Fredericton, NB, St. John’s (QMJHL), 2008 Draft

Tyler Beskorowany, Hanmer, ON, Owen Sound (OHL), 2008 Draft

Chris Carrozzi, Nepean, ON, Mississauga St. Michael’s (OHL), 2008 Draft

Mike Murphy, Inverary, ON, Belleville (OHL), Undrafted

Chet Pickard, Winnipeg, MB, Tri-City (WHL), 2008 Draft

Tyson Sexsmith, Calgary, AB, Vancouver (WHL), 2007, San Jose, 3rd round, 91st overall)

Steven Stanford, Calgary, AB, Prince Albert (WHL), 2008 Draft

Dustin Tokarski, Watson, SK, Spokane (WHL), 2008 Draft

“These goaltenders are the future of our national teams, so we want to give them the opportunity to learn from some of the top instructors in the game,” said Hirsch, a former Kamloops Blazers great.