KENNEWICK, Wash -- Last week, the Tri-City Americans made a deal to sure up their defense, acquiring Calgary Hitmen defenseman Zak Stebner in a trade.
The 20-year-old's presence should help a defense that struggled mightily on its road trip, allowing 26 goals in 7 games.
As fate would have it, Stebner gets to play the Hitmen in his 1st game as an American. Hopefully, he remembers which jersey he's supposed to put on before game time, Tuesday night at home in the Toyota Center.
"There's going to be a little excitement there when it's against your old team, and you got great friendships and stuff over there," said Ams Head Coach Jim Hiller. "You know, once the puck drops and somebody hits you and runs into you and stiffens you up a little bit, your mind gets focused clearly on the task at hand. That task is to out compete the other team, whether their your old colors or not."
"[There are] familiar faces over there," said Stebner. "So, it might make it a little easier, might make it a littler harder. There will be a few emotions out there and it will be a bit different but that's all part of the game. You can't be too worried about that. I'm here to play hockey so that's what Ill do. You kind of have to put that in the past and move forward."