The Tri-City Americans are the area’s oldest sports franchise and have earned the respect of local sports fans for the fourth year in a row.

“It’s exciting,” said Americans owner and general manager Bob Tory. “It’s more than just hockey. We are proud to be part of the community. We are more than a sports team, we are a symbol of our community.

The Americans were able to play a shortened season this spring with limited attendance, but fans remained loyal.

“Our fans have been supporting us,” Tory said. “We appreciate that.”

The Americans play in the Western Hockey League, one of the top junior hockey leagues in North America. They produced NHL players such as Olie Kolzig, Stu Barnes, Carey Price, Brian Boucher and Brandon Carlo.

Special games of the season include New Year’s Eve, Breast Cancer Awareness Night and Army Night. They also honor local teams that win state championships and complete 2,500 hours of community service each year.

Over the past 16 years, they have raised over $260,000 for the Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation.

“It’s a great thing,” Tory said of being part of the community. “It makes us take a look at the things that are important. We want to be grateful for where we live.

1. Tri-City Americans

7000 W. Grandridge Boulevard, Kennewick

509-736-0606

amshockey.com

2. The Dust Devils

6200 Burden Blvd, Pasco

509-544-8789

dustdevilsbaseball.com

3. Richland Bombers

930 Long Ave, Richmond

richland.rsd.edu