Rempe played for the Okanagan Hockey Academy Elite 15 team last season
KENT, August 29, 2018 — Seattle Thunderbirds general manager Bil La Forge today announced forward Matthew Rempe has signed a WHL Standard Player Agreement with the team.
Rempe, from Calgary, Alberta, was added to the T-Birds 50-player list on May 11, 2017.
“Since we listed Matthew in 2017 he has had a staggering rate of development,” said La Forge. “Matthew is a prospect with a great ceiling and comes from a hockey playing family. His older twin sisters Steph and Alley both play at Brown University in the NCAA. It is exciting he chose us to develop as a hockey player and to take advantage of the WHL Scholarship Program.”
This past season Rempe played in 35 games with Okanagan Hockey Academy Elite 15 team in the CSSHL and had six goals and seven assists for 13 points with 43 penalty minutes.
“I have always wanted to play in the WHL,” said Rempe. “Seattle is such a great organization and it is an honor to play for the team. It’s a dream come true and I couldn’t have signed without the support of my family.”
“Our family is super proud of Matt. Matt’s father was a big influence on Matt’s hockey development and passion for the game,” said Matt’s mother Janice Rempe.
By signing a WHL Standard Player Agreement, Rempe is guaranteed a WHL Scholarship for every year he plays in the WHL. A player is able to attend any career enhancing institution of his choice, including universities, colleges, technical institutes, trade schools, or any other institution which will help the player achieve his academic and career goals.
For each season played in the WHL, a player receives a one-year post-secondary scholarship, which includes: Tuition, Compulsory Fees and Required Textbooks.
The WHL provides the top young hockey talent in western Canada and the United States with the opportunity to develop their skills on the ice at the highest possible level, without compromising their academic goals. The WHL is committed to recognizing academic excellence.
The T-Birds start the preseason at the Delta Hotels Preseason Classic in Everett. They will play their first game at the Classic against the Vancouver Giants on Friday, August 31, at 11:30am. Classic play will continue the following day as the T-Birds face the Everett Silvertips Saturday, September 1 at 7pm. The Classic ends for the T-Birds on Sunday, September 2, 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 Thursday, September 6, against the Spokane Chiefs at 3pm. Tournament play will conclude on Friday, September 7 with a matchup against the Kootenay Ice at 3pm.
The T-Birds wrap up preseason play with back-to-back games against the Everett Silvertips. They will play on Tuesday, September 11, at 7:05pm at the accesso ShoWare Center. The T-Birds will travel to the Angel of the Winds Arena on Saturday, September 15, to play the Silvertips at 7pm in their final preseason game. Tickets for the preseason game on September 11 are now on sale.
The T-Birds start the 2018-19 Western Hockey League regular season against the Portland Winterhawks on Saturday, September 22 at 6:05pm at the ShoWare Center.