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T-Birds Sign Reid Schaefer

Brian Liesse

Schaefer was the 164th overall pick in the 2018 Bantam Draft

KENT, September 2, 2018 — Seattle Thunderbirds general manager Bil La Forge today announced forward Reid Schaefer has signed a WHL Standard Player Agreement with the team.

Schaefer, from Sprue Grove, Alberta, was selected by the T-Birds in the eighth round, 164th overall, at the 2018 Bantam Draft in Red Deer, Alberta on May 3.

“Reid’s rate of improvement is staggering,” said La Forge. “He skates well, plays hard and has an underrated offensive upside.”

This past season Schaefer played in 27 games with the OHA Bantam Prep Team in Edmonton and had 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points.

“This is an amazing feeling,” said Schaefer. “This is one of the bigger goals in my life. I had a good feeling at Training Camp and learning from the veterans about what it takes to play at the next level was very encouraging.”

“We’re really proud of Reid,” said father Jeremy Schaefer. “When he was drafted by the T-Birds we knew it was a great organization and we couldn’t be happier.”

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General Manager Bil La Forge, Reid Schaefer, and father Jeremy Schaefer in the T-Birds locker room.

Schaefer is the seventh member of the 2018 Bantam Draft class to sign with the team. Conner Roulette, from Winnipeg, Manitoba, was the team’s second second-round selection and he signed on June 5. Mekai Sanders, from Gig Harbor, Washington was the team’s ninth-round selection and he signed on June 19. Kai Uchacz, from De Winton, Alberta, was the team’s first-round selection and he signed on August 20. Lucas Ciona, from Edmonton, Alberta, was the team’s first second-round selection and he signed on August 24. Thomas Milic, from Coquitlam, British Columbia, was the team’s third-round selection and he signed on August 28. Sam Popowich, from Camrose, Alberta, was the team’s fifth-round selection and he signed on August 31.

In addition to the 2018 Bantam Draft class signings, the T-Birds signed 2002-born forward Matthew Rempe on August 29 and 2002-born forward Jared Davidson on August 30.

By signing a WHL Standard Player Agreement, Schaefer 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 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 play the Spokane Chiefs Sunday at 3pm at the Delta Hotels Preseason Classic in Everett.

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 accesso ShoWare Center.

T-Birds single game tickets for the 2018-19 regular season are on sale online on the T-Birds website and at the accesso ShoWare Center box office.

Season Tickets for 2018-19 season are currently on sale. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.

 

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