T.J. Fast Joins Tri-City Americans
KENNEWICK, WA - Tri-City Americans general manager Bob Tory today announced that 19-year-old defenseman T.J. Fast has left the University of Denver Pioneers of the WCHA to join the Americans immediately.

The 6'1", 190 pound Fast is from Calgary, Alberta was a second round draft pick of the Los Angeles Kings in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

"T.J. will give our team an element that was desperately needed," said Tory. "He is a tremendous skater and can step right in and quarterback our power play."

In 2004-05 Fast earned all-rookie honors for Camrose of the AJHL while scoring eight goals, 36 points in 58 games. He was a plus 35 defensively. He led Camrose to the AJHL and Western Canadian Championships. In 2005-05 Fast was paired with current San Jose Sharks defenseman Matt Carle. Fast is also an avid lacrosse player and played for the University of Denver's lacrosse team in 05-06.

Last season for the Pioneers, Fast appeared in 39 games and had one goal, seven points. In 17 games this season he had four assists.

Fast is in the Tri-Cities and is eligible for the Americans lineup for tonight's game against the Chilliwack Bruins at Toyota Center.

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