The Tri-City Americans have reportedly traded Netminder Ty Rimmer to the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Rimmer, who backstopped the Americans to their fourth US Division title in 2011-12, and was chosen multiple times as the WHL Goalie of the Week (and Goalie of the Month plus other CHL honors), will be an overage player next year (20 years old -- and the team is only allowed three players that age). According to sources, the Americans will receive, among other considerations from Lethbridge, a 2nd round WHL pick in 2012 and a 3rd in 2014. The sources indicate Lethbridge paid a very high price to get him.

Rimmer came to the Americans from Prince George in the Drew Owsley trade, and quickly became not only a fan favorite for his inspired passionate play, but his relentless effort.   He also served as a fine mentor for Americans 16 year old Eric Comrie.   Rimmer's departure will help the team by relieving some of the annual pressure of having to decide which 20 year olds to keep on the roster, and it will allow Comrie to make his bid to become the American's netminder on a regular basis.

Rimmer departs Tri City as one of, if not the top goaltender in the WHL.  He led the league with five shutouts and led in many other catagories.  But Comrie, despite not playing nearly as many games, was still the 7th ranked netminder in the league.   Given the Americans history of outstanding players in net,  the future looks pretty bright between the pipes for the Ams, and Lethbridge will be getting an outstanding character in Rimmer.