The Tri-City Americans issued this statement Friday, in conjunction with the Western Hockey League and the Calgary Hitmen:

"Tri-City Americans General Manager Bob Tory announced today that James Malm has refused to report to the Club. Consequently, the player has been suspended by the Western Hockey League.

The Calgary Hitmen and Tri-City Americans have agreed to additional compensation to satisfy both parties with the trade.

There will be no further comment on this issue from either club."

The 20-year-old forward was part of a trade January 2 involving Americans' 20-year-old Kyle Olson, and some WHL bantam draft picks. The Americans also traded, on January 1st, 20-year-old goaltender Beck Warm to Edmonton for two highly ranked prospects and two 2021 WHL draft picks.

According to the Americans, Malm was expected to add great experience and depth to the club. Here's his playing record, from the Americans website:

"Malm, a native of Langley, BC, was originally selected by the Vancouver Giants in the second round (44th overall) of the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft. In his 251 WHL game career, the 5-foot-9 and 165 pound forward has recorded 76 goals and 137 assists for 213 total points."

Players are allowed to retire or remove themselves from the league, but when a trade occurs, you GO, according to league rules. No ifs, ands or buts.