KENNEWICK -- The Tri-City Americans signed defenseman Clint Filbrandt, 16, to a standard WHL player's contract.
The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Filbrandt, from Calgary, Alberta, appeared in 31 of 32 games last season for the CNHA Blazers of the Alberta Minor Midget Hockey League. He totaled six goals, 23 points and 86 penalty minutes.
Filbrandt will participate in the Everett and Tri-City tournaments before returning home to Calgary and his midget club.
* The Seattle Thunderbirds hired Dusty Imoo as their goaltender coach.
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Imoo, who moved from New Westminster, British Columbia, to Kennewick when the Americans relocated in 1988, never played a game for the Americans before being traded to Lethbridge.