T-Birds Acquire Layne Bensmiller From Raiders

Seattle sends Nic Holowko to Prince Albert

KENT, September 15, 2016 — Seattle Thunderbirds general manager Russ Farwell today announced the team has acquired right wing Layne Bensmiller and a conditional pick in the 2017 Bantam Draft from the Prince Albert Raiders in exchange for left wing Nic Holowko.

Last season Bensmiller had 11 goals and 19 assists for 30 points in 74 combined games with the Raiders and Calgary Hitmen. In 114 career WHL games with the Raiders and Hitmen Bensmiller has 17 goals and 24 assists for 41 points. Bensmiller is a right hand shot who is 6’0 and 193 pounds.

“We are happy to add Layne to our team at this time,” said Farwell. “Layne should give us a little added scoring and experience as we put together this year’s team.”

Last season with the T-Birds Holowko had six goals and 14 assists for 20 points in 72 games. He played 18 playoff games and had two goals and four assists. In 135 career regular season games over two seasons Holowko has 11 goals and 18 assists for 29 points.

The T-Birds will conclude their preseason schedule with a home-and-home series against the Everett Silvertips this weekend. The T-Birds host the Silvertips on Friday at 7:35pm at ShoWare Center and then are in Everett on Saturday at 7:05pm.

The T-Birds open the 2016-17 season in Portland against the Winterhawks on Saturday, September 24, at 7:00pm.

The T-Birds home opener for the 2016-17 season is Saturday, October 1, against the Portland Winterhawks at 7:05pm at ShoWare Center.

T-Birds single game tickets for the 2016-17 season are currently on sale. Fans can purchase single game tickets online or at the ShoWare Center box office.

T-Birds 2016-17 season tickets are currently on sale. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.T-Birds

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