Americans Rookie Camp opens with high aspirations - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather

Americans Rookie Camp opens with high aspirations

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Thursday Tri-City Americans Rookie Camp opened practice and scrimmages. It is a chance to see to the future of the Ams. The Washington natives trying out include Pasco's Carson Bergstrom and Richland's Jacob Loman. The Ams' top draft picks are excited to join Tri-City's excellent tradition of hockey.

"Being on the ice with the veterans yesterday. Carey Price out there, watching Carey Price on TV, it's a pleasure to be on the ice. Like I said, it's a dream come true to be here especially this weather, this hockey. The competitive level is high. It's a pleasure to be here," said Park AuCoin, Americans 2013 1st round pick

"I'd say hard working, chemistry. They're all tight in there which is a great attribute for a hockey team to win games. The tighter you are as a team, the tighter you're going to play out there as a team which is great," added Nolan Yaremko, Americans 2013 2nd round selection.

Through Saturday fans can head to the Toyota Center to watch morning practice or 7 p.m. scrimmages.

  • 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.