Tri-City Americans trade Derek Ryckman to Medicine Hat - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Tri-City Americans trade Derek Ryckman to Medicine Hat

Posted: Updated:

Kennewick, Wash. -- Tri-City Americans Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today that the team has traded overage defenseman Derek Ryckman to the Medicine Hat Tigers in exchange for a 5th round pick in the 2014 Bantam Draft.

Ryckman, a 6'4 205-pound blueliner from Red Deer, Alberta, was originally a 6th round (119th overall) selection by the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the 2007 Bantam Draft and was acquired by Tri-City last October.  In 2011-12, Ryckman appeared in 60 games and, combined with his 11 games while still with Lethbridge, Ryckman totaled 3 goals, 12 points, 101 penalty minutes and was a plus-20.  For his career, Ryckman has played in 227 WHL games, totaling 8 goals, 40 points, 293 penalty minutes and a plus-20 rating.

"With an overage problem, we needed to start getting closer to the WHL-mandated limit," explained Tory.  "This move allows Derek to stay in the WHL during his final season of junior hockey."

"We would like to thank Derek for all he brought to our team last year," Tory continued.  "He is a great teammate and we wish him all the best in Medicine Hat."

"He leaves for me with real fond memories of him and his time here. We weren't exactly sure what we were getting when we brought him in last year and him and Dow, boy together as a pair really gave us about six months of outstanding hockey," said Jim Hiller, Americans head coach.

"It's always tough losing a fellow player, like obviously a fellow teammate it's always tough. It's tough seeing him go. But it's good for him. It'll be a good opportunity for Derek there in Medicine Hat," said Drydn Dow, Americans defenseman

The move leaves Tri-City with five overage players still on the roster with the 2012 Pre-Season in full swing.  The remaining 20-year-olds are Justin Feser, Patrick Holland, Jordan Messier, Jesse Mychan and Drydn Dow.  However, Patrick Holland, who was signed by Montreal this past March, will be leaving for the American Hockey League's Hamilton Bulldogs' training camp in late September.  The Americans will need to be down to three overage players by mid-October.

After a busy weekend, the Americans will now head down the homestretch of the 2012 WHL Pre-Season.  Tri-City will wrap-up the exhibition season with a doubleheader weekend, which kicks off on Friday, September 14.  Before traveling to Kelowna for a match-up with the Rockets on Saturday, Tri-City will square off against the rival Spokane Chiefs on Friday at the Toyota Center.  Game time is 7:05 p.m..  Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster outlets, the Toyota Center box office, all Fred Meyer outlets, or online at

  • Tri-City Americans

    • Watch all of the NHL draft highlights here in the Path to the Draft, including the moments the four Tri-City Americans were selected. Brought to you by Russ Dean RV and Hockey Source.

    • Watch the Tri-City Americans play the Seattle Thunderbirds here!
    • Tri-City Americans Power Play @ 7:00

      WATCH NOW: Watch the Tri-City Americans Power Play, starting at 7:00! 

    • Two Americans players and two best friends

      TRI-CITIES, WA - It's no secret that the Americans have two of hockey's biggest and brightest prospects with Michael Rasmussen and Juuso Valimaki. But what you might not know is that they have a very unique friendship. "Well at first, for a shy Finnish guy to come up here and play hockey, it was a little bit weird to have a roommate and some guy that actually talked to you and spend time with," said Juuso Valimaki, Americans Defenseman. "But after days and after weeks...
    • Tri-City Americans Power Play @ 7:30 9/21

      WATCH NOW: Watch the Tri-City Americans Power Play, starting at 7:30!

    • Americans Top Prince George 5-2

      The Tri-City Americans (3-1-1-0, 7 pts) fell behind early to the Prince George Cougars (1-3-0-0, 2 pts), but took the lead in the second period and never looked back, earning a 5-2 win in front of 2,409 at the CN Centre on Friday Night.
    • Americans Start Road Trip with 4-3 Win over Kamloops

      The Tri-City Americans (2-1-1-0, 4 pts) never led against the Kamloops Blazers (0-5-0-0, 0 pts) until the third period, as Beau McCue’s third period tally was the difference as the Americans won 4-3 in front of 3,195 at the Sandman Centre on Wednesday night.
    • Americans Need Overtime to get Past Thunderbirds, 6-5

      The Tri-City Americans started the game with five goals, followed by the Seattle Thunderbirds (1-1-1-0, 3 pts) scoring five goals to even the score. Parker Wotherspoon netted the game winning goal in overtime to give the Americans a 6-5 win in front of 3,011 at the Toyota Center on Sunday night.
    • Americans Name McCue Team Captain for 2015-16 WHL Season

      Tri-City Americans’ Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced Friday that 20-year-old forward Beau McCue has been named Team Captain, along with teammates Brandon Carlo, Parker Wotherspoon, Parker Bowles and Taylor Vickerman named assistant captains for the upcoming 2015-16 season.
    • Americans Trade Ty Comrie to Vancouver for Bantam Draft Pick

      The Tri-City Americans have traded forward Ty Comrie to the Vancouver Giants for a conditional third round draft pick in next year's WHL Bantam Draft.