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Dan McLean Joins Pittsburgh Penguins As Amateur Scout

McLean had been T-Birds Director of Scouting for the last two seasons

KENT, August 18, 2017 — Seattle Thunderbirds general manager Russ Farwell today announced Director of Scouting Dan McLean has accepted a position with the Pittsburgh Penguins as an Amateur Scout.

“Dan has been a very important part of our Hockey Operations department for many seasons,” said Farwell. “His role has been expanding year by year so he will be hard to replace. I am excited for him to work at the next level in the NHL and I know he will do well because of his diligent professional approach to everything he takes on.”

“It is great to see guys get a chance to move up and we will need to find an additional guy to add to our staff now in Alberta or BC to pick up some of what Dan provided to our scouting efforts,” continued Farwell.

“My family and I would like to thank Russ Farwell for his leadership and friendship over the past 21 years,” said McLean. “The experience I have gained as a member of the Thunderbirds Scouting staff has prepared me to move to the NHL.

“We have a special group of scouts in Seattle and I enjoyed their friendship and working with each one over the years,” continued McLean. “I owe a special thanks to all the past coaches, trainers, equipment managers and office staff for all their tireless work and professionalism. I will always be a proud Thunderbird. I am excited and ready for the new challenge in Pittsburgh and look forward to working with Colin Alexander again and the rest of the Penguin staff.”

McLean has been the T-Birds Director of Scouting for the last two seasons. He was a T-Birds scout for 19 seasons prior to his promotion to the Director of Scouting position.

With the Penguins McLean will be a member of the team’s amateur scouting staff and will scout the WHL.

Some T-Birds McLean has scouted the that were either drafted or listed by the team include Calvin Pickard, Thomas Hickey, Aaron Gagnon, Bud Holloway, Scott Jackson, Jim O’Brien, Nate Thompson, Jared Hauf, Shea Theodore, Ryan Gropp, Mathew Barzal, Keegan Kolesar, Ethan Bear, Nolan Volcan, Jarret Tyszka, Donovan Neuls, Jake Lee and Carl Stankowski.

The T-Birds start the preseason at the Delta Hotels Preseason Classic at Xfinity Arena. They will play their first game at the Classic against the Vancouver Giants on Friday, September 1, at 11:30am. Classic play will continue the following day as the T-Birds face the Everett Silvertips Saturday, September 2 at 7pm. The Classic comes to a close for the T-Birds on Sunday, September 3, as they play the Spokane Chiefs at 3pm.

Preseason play continues for the T-Birds at the Red Lion Hotels’ Preseason Tournament at the Toyota Center in Kennewick. The T-Birds will begin the tournament on Friday, September 8, against the Spokane Chiefs at 3pm. Tournament play will conclude Saturday, September 9 with a matchup against the Kootenay Ice at 11am.

The T-Birds wrap up preseason play with back-to-back games against the Everett Silvertips. They will play on Friday, September 15, at 7:30pm at Xfinity Arena in Everett. The T-Birds will return home to the ShoWare Center on Saturday, September 16, at 7pm for their final preseason game.

The WHL Champion T-Birds start the 2017-18 Western Hockey League regular season against the Tri-City Americans on Saturday, September 23 at 7:05pm at the ShoWare Center.

T-Birds single game tickets for the 2017-18 regular season will go on sale August 23 at 10am online on the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office.

Season Tickets for the WHL Champion T-Birds 2017-18 season are currently on sale. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.

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