Ams trade Macek, Humphries for Hitmen's MacKenzieJanuary 10 2011 at 3:04 PM
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KENNEWICK, WA Tri-City Americans Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today that the team has acquired 19-year-old defenseman Matt MacKenzie from the Calgary Hitmen in exchange for 18-year-old forward Brooks Macek, 18-year-old defenseman Spencer Humphries and a conditional 3rd round pick in the 2012 draft.
MacKenzie, the 62 194-pound blue liner, was a third-round (83rd overall) selection by the Buffalo Sabers in the 2010 NHL Draft. This season, the Calgary, Alberta-native has appeared in 40 games and registered two goals, 23 points and 50 penalty minutes. For his WHL career, MacKenzie has appeared in 192 games, all with the Hitmen, totaling 13 goals, 83 points and 144 penalty minutes. The Hitmens 2nd round (41st overall) pick in the 2006 Bantam Draft, MacKenzie was a pivotal piece of Calgarys Memorial Cup run last season, appearing in 23 playoff games while recording six goals, 16 points and 31 penalty minutes en route to the WHL Championship.
Anytime you have an opportunity to get a defenseman of MacKenzies ability and experience, you have to take a serious look at it, Tory explained. We have added a premier defensive player in MacKenzie to our lineup and look forward to seeing Matt in an Americans jersey.
Macek, listed at 511 175 pounds, was Tri-Citys 2nd round (43rd overall) pick from the 2007 Bantam Draft. This season, the center from Winnipeg, Manitoba has appeared in all 38 games for Tri-City while recording eight goals, 24 points and 26 penalty minutes. For his career, the 2010 Detroit Red Wings draft pick (6th, 171st) has played in 170 WHL games, all with Tri-City, picking up 37 goals, 121 points and 76 penalty minutes.
Humphries, who was listed by Tri-City in September of 2007, has appeared in a career-high 34 games this season, totaling two goals, five points and 50 penalty minutes. The 62 210 lb. defenseman from Delta, British Columbia, who has 38 total WHL games on his resume, was a non-drafted invitee to the San Jose Sharks camp this past fall.
By making this deal, we give up a quality forward in Macek and a hard working defenseman in Humphries, continued Tory. We value all the hard work both Brooks and Spencer have put into this organization and we wish them all the best in Calgary.
MacKenzie should arrive in Kennewick on Tuesday and is expected to make his Tri-City debut on Friday, January 14 vs. the Kamloops Blazers.
In the midst of a four-game home stand, Tri-City will host the Seattle Thunderbirds tomorrow, January 11. Game time is 7:05 p.m. at Toyota Center. The Americans, who took out the Tbirds 8-4 last week in Kennewick, have won six straight against Seattle this season and will look to stretch their home winning streak to nine games. Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster outlets, including online at ticketmaster.com, the Toyota Center box office, or all Fred Meyer outlets. The game will also be broadcast live on NewsTalk 870 AM, starting with the Sterling Savings Bank Warm-up Show at 6:45 p.m.
i would just like to say that i called this
|January 10 2011, 5:01 PM |
i didnt know we were going to trade humphries tho
so stoked tho woo!!!
go ams go!
If Mackenzie comes back as a 20
|January 10 2011, 5:46 PM |
then I really like this deal. We all know Macek was under-performing and needed a change of scenery. I am surprised Humphries was included but you have to give to get. Sounds like we got a #1 defenseman for a #4ish Dman and a talented but disappointing (this year anyway) forward.
Yes next year will be tough with all our current 19's but I'm glad we're taking a shot this year.
ya inless they change the rules on 20's
|January 10 2011, 7:35 PM |
which there has been some talk about with 4 20's and 1 euro or 3 20's and two euros
Grinding my teeth together reading a few comments
|January 10 2011, 10:05 PM |
In reguards to the under achieving comments the game is a whole lot more than what shows up on the stat sheet.
Spencer and Brooks, thanks for your service to the AMS and the community. It has been a joy watching both of you play for us and I certainly have enjoyed cheering your many successes. Good luck to both of you and thank you. Being a life long Red Wing fan Brooks I look forward to your success with that team as well.
|January 10 2011, 10:18 PM |
Same here about expecting Macek to get traded yet disappointed to lose Humpheries. He kept proving himself each game and boy does he get under the other team's skin too. On the other hand, MacKenzie is a dynamite pick up.
|January 11 2011, 12:53 PM |
DO not know where the management thinks we are going,but,we will not be any better than a third place team in the US, Then to the bottom after this year,is 2 19's worth all the young players we have given up to stay in third? They gave up young for a 20 that is not here anymore.9 19's and 3 20's looks like about 9 open slots for next year.
|January 11 2011, 1:36 PM |
It is easy to look at the standings now and say we are not going to be any better than third. Why would you assume this? Spokane did nothing to make themselves better, Portland has proven that they are very vulnerable and their goal tending SUCKS. Seattle will not be in the running nor will Everett. The Americans are a lot better team with Ashton and Mckenzie. We went from having a not so good group of defense men to a pretty darn good top 4 with Schmidt Mckenzie Yuen Sutherland then toss in Grist and Dow and we are pretty darn solid. Our scoring with Ashton is so deep it is crazy. I think we are much deeper than Portland. Next year was already going to be a rebuilding year. You can't have a great team every year in the WHL because it is cyclical. So since the American's are obviously not going anywhere but down you my as well not come or listen you anymore games since you already know the outcome of the season. By the way the playoffs is where it is at!
GO AMS GO
|January 11 2011, 1:46 PM |
They think they have a chance to win is what they're thinking. If you look at this team now, almost half the roster is made up of players that were listed and taken later on in the bantam draft. That being said, we don't know what the Americans have on the player list, that pipeline has done pretty well for this organization in the past and given Tory the ability to make these types of trades. And if you think about it seeing where the Americans have placed in the recent past, they are picking in the last 8 or so of the draft because of that success, almost the second round and I think Yuen is a good example of a good late first round pick. But when your captain(list player) and someone like Feser(9th round)are key contributors to your team, I wouldn't question the organization one bit. The cupboards aren't bare going forward as some have said. Apparently they don't know s*#t since the Americans have had 40+ wins the last 4 years and are on pace for a 5th.
|January 11 2011, 5:26 PM |
Let's not forget Shinnimin who was a list player. Wilgosh was a listed player. Grist & ow were both listed players along with the departed Humphries. And last of all Owsly was a listed player. Overall I'd say Trader Bob and crew know what they are doing.
|January 12 2011, 12:42 AM |
Thank you for restating what was already said about list players in the previous post.
|January 11 2011, 5:43 PM |
Bob basically got a top league forward and D man at the deadline, without selling the farm (like a couple others paid at deadline). He not only is saying this is a year to make the most of a good team. But he also does that in a way that doesnt sacrifice the perennial contender trend you've built. And the additions are quality characters too, that will enhance, not disrupt chemistry. I'm stoked and looking forward to what lies ahead for you. Its going to be a major battle. I think the number of contending teams this year seems to be up.
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