Americans Trade Messier and Grist add Chynoweth - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Americans Trade Messier and Grist add Chynoweth

Posted: Updated:

KENNEWICK, Wash. - The Tri-City Americans announced they traded 20-year old forward Jordan Messier to the Moose Jaw Warriors.

In return the Americans receive a fifth round draft pick in 2014. Tuesday was the cut-off day for WHL teams to reduce their 20-year old roster spots to three, and with four 20 year-olds on the roster someone had to go.

Messier spent his entire career with Tri-City, he was a second round draft pick in 2007 and played in 270 games for the Americans. Head Coach Jim Hiller says general manager Bob Tory asked him for input, but the decision was ultimately Tory's.

"It's always such a difficult decision, you know with some one like Jordan, he had such a great career here for four years, 16 to 19. And meant so much to the banners up in the stands. I know it was a difficult decision for Bob {Tory} and not one he took lightly," said Hiller.

"I mean I lost a good friend today just a great guy and it's a great for him, he's got a great opportunity in Moose Jaw lined up and I wish him all the best. But it's tough saying good-bye no question, to a good friend and good teammate," said Mitch Topping, Americans Forward.

And the Americans weren't finished dealing. Tuesday the Ams sent defenseman Sam Grist to the Kamloops Blazers for draft picks.  The Ams also filled the roster spot left by Messier, they acquired 17-year old Ryan Chynoweth from Everett.

The Americans roster now is at 24m with 14 forwards, eight defenseman, and two goalies.