Braves’ alum Feist inks with AHL’s Crunch

On Friday, the American Hockey League’s Syracuse Crunch signed Spokane Braves alum Tyson Feist to a one-year AHL contract, General Manager Stacy Roest announced.

Feist, 21, appeared in 65 games with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL last season where he served as captain. He tallied career highs in goals (15) and assists (24). The Dawson Creek, British Columbia native was also tied for third on the team with a plus-25 rating.

The 6-foot-2, 181-pound blueliner has skated in 187 career WHL games with the Rockets, Regina Pats and Spokane Chiefs from 2017 to 2022 recording 19 goals and 53 assists.

A stint with the Braves in 2017-18 helped Feist make a permanent jump to the WHL with the Chiefs. He started the season with the Chiefs before being sent to the Braves, where the organization felt it was best for his development. In 27 games with the Braves, he put up 17 points and played eight games with the Chiefs.

Feist wasn’t sure what to expect with the Braves, but getting a lot of ice time helped build his confidence. He praised the work of former coach Garry Redding.

“He gave me lots of opportunities to build my confidence. He gave me freedom to make mistakes and learn,” says Feist. “They did a really good job with me there.”