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T-Birds Sign Elder and Volcan

Both will play in Everett Preseason Tournament

KENT, August 29, 2013 — Seattle Thunderbirds general manager Russ Farwell today announced center Kaden Elder and left wing Nolan Volcan have both signed a WHL Standard Player Agreement.

“We are very happy to be adding these two players to the Thunderbirds,” said Farwell. “Both players bring high end skill, proven scoring, and leadership and this is a great day for our team. We are excited to have them on board.”

Both Elder and Volcan will play in the Everett Silvertips Preseason Tournament this coming weekend at Comcast Arena.

Elder, from Saskatoon, was the T-Birds second first round pick, 22nd overall, in the 2013 Bantam Draft. He played for the Notre Dame Hounds last season and had 64 points on 27 goals and 37 assists for 64 points.

“It is a huge honor to sign with the T-Birds,” said Elder. “Signing is just the beginning and this is a big first step in my hockey career. I feel I worked hard in rookie and main camp and this is something I know I will have to do to earn a spot on the team next season. I am looking forward to playing in the Everett tournament this weekend.”

Volcan, from Edmonton, was the T-Birds second round pick, 27th overall, in the 2013 Bantam Draft. He played for Edmonton MLAC Bantam AAA team last year and had 40 goals and 36 assists for 76 points in 32 games. Volcan is the son of former Seattle Breaker Marty Volcan.

“I think signing with the T-Birds a big step in my career,” said Volcan. “I thought rookie camp went well for me and I really like the facilities here. Playing at main camp against the size and speed of the returning veterans will really help me in my midget season this year. I am pretty happy to join an organization that my dad played for.”

The Thunderbirds have a seven-game preseason schedule. The team will play three games at the Everett Silvertips preseason tournament at Comcast Arena. The T-Birds play the Tri-City Americans on Friday, August 30, at 11:30am, followed by games against the Victoria Royals on Saturday, August 31 at 3:00pm and the Spokane Chiefs on Sunday, September 1 at 3:00pm.

The T-Birds will then travel to Kennewick for two games at the Red Lion Hotels’ Preseason Tournament at the Toyota Center. On Friday, September 6, the T-Birds will face the Tri-City Americans at 7:05pm, and on Saturday, September 7, the T-Birds will play the Portland Winterhawks at 3:00pm.

The T-Birds close out the preseason schedule with a home-and-home series against the Everett Silvertips. The T-Birds visit Everett on Friday, September 13, for a 7:35 puck drop against the Silvertips. The T-Birds then make their only pre-season appearance at ShoWare Center on Saturday, September 14 for a 7:05pm contest against the Silvertips. Single game tickets for the home preseason game are currently on sale.

The T-Birds will drop the puck for the 2013-14 regular season against the Portland Winterhawks at ShoWare Center on Saturday, September 21 at 7:05pm.

T-Birds single game tickets for the 2013-14 season are currently on sale and can be purchased online at the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office. The ShoWare Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday 10:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday 10:00am to 2:00pm, Saturday game days at 10:00am and Sunday game days at noon.

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

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