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Feser Selected as Americans' 2012-13 Team Captain

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By Dan Mulhausen, Tri-City Americans

KENNEWICK, Wash. – Tri-City Americans' Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today that 20-year-old forward Justin Feser will serve as the team's captain for the upcoming 2012-13 season.  The announcement came less than a week after the Americans' 2011-12 season came to an end in the Western Conference Finals.  Feser becomes the 24th captain in the franchise's history.

Feser, who just concluded his fourth full season with the Americans, is coming off a career-best 2011-12 campaign, recording new highs in goals (37), assists (46) and points (83).  In 279 career games, all with Tri-City, the Red Deer, Alberta-native has registered 111 goals and 247 points.  Feser is a career plus-70 and will enter the 2012-13 season ranked 11th on the Americans' all-time goals list, 13th on the franchise's all-time points and assists lists and 8th all-time in games played.  Feser is currently 21 games shy of becoming just the 8th Tri-City player to appear in 300 regular season games in an Americans' jersey.

Originally drafted by Tri-City in the 9th Round of the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft, Feser played his first full WHL season in 2008-09, making his WHL debut on September 20, 2008 vs. Kelowna.  Dating back to January 7, 2009, Feser has played in 249 consecutive regular season games and, when combined with the post-season, has appeared in 307 straight games for Tri-City.

"Being put in the same category as some of the player that have played here before like (Wilgosh), Kruise Reddick, Jarrett Toll and Taylor Procyshen…it is a big honor and means a lot to follow in their footsteps," described Feser.  "I will just strive to be a good role model for the younger guys and do my best to lead by example."

"Justin epitomizes everything we ask of our players…TEAM FIRST," Tory detailed.  "He joined us as a 16-year-old and has done everything asked of him."

Head coach Jim Hiller said that "Justin is one of those special players who brings it night after night on both sides of the puck.  He is an example for all of our players to aspire to."