Tri-City Americans honor Kennewick police dogs with jersey

KENNEWICK, Wash. — After the Tri-City Americans’ season was derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, many special events were put on hold. One of them has come back to life in the form of a unique jersey auction benefitting the Kennewick Police Department’s K9 Unit.

According to a Facebook post by the Kennewick Police, these jerseys were meant to be unveiled during a K9-themed night during the 2019-20 WHL season. Featured on the Tri-City Americans jerseys are two beloved community members: K9s Ivan and Bear. The images were captured by Tom Croskrey, the volunteer photographer for the KPD.

Former Washington Capitals goalie and part-owner of the Tri-City Americans, Olie Kolzig visited the Kennewick Police Department to present one of the rare jerseys, which will be hung in the police department.

“The Americans continue to be an important community-centered organization and have partnered with us to help support these crucial public safety tools,” the KPD Facebook post reads. “We are astounded by the focus on community involvement which the Tri-City Americans have made a priority for over 30 years.”

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These one-of-a-kind jerseys are being auctioned off in support of the Kennewick police dogs and their K9 Unit. A portion of the proceeds will be redistributed to the local K9 unit, which operates largely due to donations from the community. The auction began on Monday, May 3 and will run until 10 p.m. on Sunday, May 9, 2021.

Once fans are back in attendance, the Tri-City Americans plan to hold their K9 night. Everyone who purchases one of these special-edition jerseys will have a chance to meet retired K9 Bear at a jersey pickup event at the Toyota Center on May 16.

There are 24 jerseys being auctioned off through the Tri-City Americans website. At the time of this post, the highest bid on a jersey stands at $310 for a signed Talyn Boyko K9/TC Americans jersey. You can view the auctions by clicking here.

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