Former Tri-City Americans captain Justin Hamonic agreed Thursday to a contract with the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League.
“I’m really excited and humbled to get this opportunity with the San Antonio Rampage,” Hamonic said in a press release. “There are countless people that have helped me get to this point in my career including my family, coaches and teammates. The time I spent with the Americans taught me many lessons and allowed me to improve every day while still having fun every day. I would not be moving on to this next chapter in my career if it were not for everyone in Tri-City.”
Hamonic, a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, played 255 career games with the Americans, including 227 consecutive games to finish his WHL career. Over the course of four seasons, he scored three goals with 43 assists and 199 penalty minutes.
Hamonic was named the Americans MVP and Defenseman of the Year for the 2014-15 season.
The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder was one of the top stay-at-home defensemen in the WHL’s Western Conference. In April, he joined the ECHL’s Alaska Aces for the remainder of their season.
• Juuso Välimäki, 16, whom the Americans drafted in the first round of June’s CHL import draft, was named to Finland’s U18 roster for Ivan Hlinka Tournament. He played in last year’s tournament, recording one assist in four games.
The 6-2, 195-pound defenseman, a native of Nokia, Finland, also has played for Finland’s U16 and U17 teams.