I started working at Tri-City Americans games last year and I've been having a blast. I love hockey and there's no better WHL atmosphere (in my opinion) than the Toyota Center in Kennewick. Americans fans are hardcore and the franchise has a rich history, steeped in tradition and filled with pedigreed players.

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What's been really surprising to me is how many people I've come into contact with that have never been to an Americans game before. My own sister-in-law went to her first game this season. Maybe I'm just too close to the situation to be able to wrap my head around the fact that not everyone in Tri-Cities has made it to a game yet. But here's the thing. With so many games (34 at home), it can be hard to figure out when you should go. So, unless you want to become a season ticket holder, these would be the best times to get introduced to Kennewick-style hockey.

  • Any time Spokane is in town is a great time to be at the barn. The Spokane Chiefs and Tri-City Americans have enjoyed a rich rivalry across I-95. Spokane's fans travel well and can be rowdy enough to get the Americans fans up in arms. The big tradition in Kennewick is the annual New Year's Eve bash with Spokane at Toyota Center. These two teams see each other so much over the years that there's always been an extra layer of intensity in the air when Spokane comes to town. With two teams that know each other so well, you can be certain on seeing some good hits and scrums.


  • Teddy Bear Toss Night is a true spectacle, a hockey tradition unlike any other. The moment the first Tri-City goal goes in, time stops as all the teddy bears get thrown onto the ice. It's all for a great cause and it's amazing to see Tri-Cities come together to help the kids.


  • Pink Ice Night sees not only pink ice (who could have guessed?) but special pink jerseys worn by the team. Of course, after the game, you have a chance to bid on these game-worn uniforms, with proceeds going to a good cause.
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These are the nights that are sure to be electric and win you over as a Tri-Cities sports fan.

Tri-City Americans Who Played in the NHL

Hockey is one of the hardest sports to play. Most hockey players will play the sport their entire lives, starting to skate as soon as they can walk. Even with all that dedication, the likelihood a player cracks an NHL roster is astronomically low. The WHL is a high-tier developmental league that sees many of its players make it to the show. But for a player who makes it to the WHL or any other junior league, the chances of them reaching the NHL is still only 5%. These former Tri-City Americans are those elite few who have made the jump.

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