Tri-City Americans

First-round pick Yuen signs with Ams

Tri-City Americans general manager Bob Tory announced today that defenseman Zach Yuen, the club's first-round pick in the 2008 Western Hockey League bantam draft pick to a standard WHL Players Contract.

Yuen, 15, was the 22nd pick overall on May 1.

Last season, the 6-foot, 205-pounder played in 52 games for the North Shore Winterhawks AAA Bantam club, where he registered 12 goals, 46 points and 108 penalty minutes. He was chosen the Most Valuable Defenseman at the Burnaby Minor Tournament in December.

"Zach is a skilled D-man who likes to rush the puck," Tory said in a news release. "He is a very good skater with good puck skills and plays a physical game. We are pleased that Zach and his family have chosen the WHL and the Tri-City Americans as his preferred path for career development."

Next month, Yuen will attend the Americans’ rookie camp and play in the Everett and Tri-City exhibition tournaments. He will be named as an affiliate player for the 2008-09 season and will see action as needed throughout the season.

Rookie camp runs August 20-23, concluding with the annual Todd Klassen Memorial Classic.

The Americans main camp begins Aug. 24.