Center was T-Birds first round pick in 2020 Bantam Draft
KENT, April 28, 2020 — Seattle Thunderbirds general manager Bil La Forge announced today center Sam Oremba has signed a WHL Standard Player Agreement with the team.
Oremba, from Regina, Saskatchewan, was selected by the T-Birds in the first round, seventh overall, in the 2020 Bantam Draft.
“Sam is a player we knew a lot about going into the Draft,” said La Forge. “He had a great season last year and it is an exciting day for the T-Birds to be able sign him as he fits in well with the group we are developing to compete for a WHL Championship.”
Oremba played for the Regina Monarchs Bantam AA team last year and had 75 goals and 58 assists for 133 points in 31 games.
“Once I found out I was selected by Seattle I was pumped,” said Oremba. “I am thrilled to sign with the T-Birds and couldn’t be any happier.”
“I have always wanted to play in the WHL and I remember watching Pats games as a kid and once I found out Seattle selected me, I was ready to sign. My parents, family members, coaches, teachers and friends all pushed me and without them I don’t think I would be where I am today.”
By signing a WHL Standard Player Agreement, Oremba 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. In the fall of the 2019-20 academic year, a WHL-record 391 graduate players accessed their WHL Scholarship. Since 2009-10, WHL Clubs have awarded 3,868 WHL Scholarships, representing a contribution in excess of $22 million by WHL ownership to WHL graduates. The WHL is the leading supplier of scholarships in Western Canada and offers one of the most comprehensive scholarships in North America.