Tri-City Americans have Friday and Saturday night hockey nights this weekend against  Kootneay on Friday and a showdown with the division leading Everett Silvertips on Saturday night.

Reasons you'll want to make these games:

1)

Check out Pistol Pete on the 97 Rock Hard Work Day Presented by The Bunker. The 2 o'clock Box Office is open Friday with freebs. When prompted call 544-9797 to score pairs over the air up to a six pack!

2)

And congrats to the Americans Juuso Valimaki and Michael Rasmussen ranked in the top 10 of the NHL Central Scouting rankings in advance of the 2017 NHL Draft set for June 23-24 in Chicago. Rasmussen is a forward from Surrey, BC, and is ranked sixth among North American skaters, while Valimaki a defenseman from Nokia, Finland, is ranked ninth.

3)

The Ams lead all WHL clubs with six dudes ranked for the draft (Morgan Geekie F #50; Kyle Olson F #58; Dylan Coghlan D #84; Brett Leeson F #130) followed by Spokane with five. Yet, the Americans are getting zero love in the latest CHL poll. Americans public-address announcer John McKay breaks down the issue here. Go Ams!

In Other (Sports) News

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  • Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens both inched above the 50% mark on voters' ballots into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. 75% is needed. Pundits say the steroid stigma may be gone within 10 years, others say, "No way, I'm never letting those cheaters in" and some have argued they will both be in within 5 years.
  • Go Mariners! (?) And hey, thanks Mariners SS Shawn O'Malley (Kennewickian and Southridge Suns stud) for stopping by during the Mariners caravan. The Kadlec visit and CBC session was thrilling for a lot of kids.
  • Only two people have ever played in the World Series and a college baseball Final Four: Tim Stoddard did it with North Carolina State and the Baltimore Orioles and Kenny Lofton did it with the University of Arizona and Cleveland Indians. And off the chart random? They both went to the same high school in Indiana!
  • Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the team is not going to spend a ton of money in free agency to shore up the offensive line.
  • Also, the Seahawks not reporting Richard Sherman's knee problems over the course of half the season could cost the Hawks a draft pick?
  • Oregon Ducks football strength & conditioning coach has been put on probation after three players hospitalized following a workout.
  • Here's what it looks like in this year's NFL if the outcome of every game decided by 7 points or less was awarded to the LOSING team. The woulda-coulda-shoulda overall season records are simply fascinating.
  • Two years ago today, in 2015, Tiger Woods lost one of his front teeth when a guy accidentally hit him in the face with a camera while trying to get to the winner's podium after Tiger's then-girlfriend Lindsey Vonn won her latest World Cup skiing title.
  • And yes, 12-year-old Lebron James Jr. has a highlight reel.