T-Birds Sign Thomas Milic

Brian Liesse

Milic was the 51st overall pick in the 2018 Bantam Draft

KENT, August 28, 2018 — Seattle Thunderbirds general manager Bil La Forge today announced goalie Thomas Milic has signed a WHL Standard Player Agreement with the team.

Milic, from Coquitlam, British Columbia, was selected by the T-Birds in the third round, 51st overall, at the 2018 Bantam Draft in Red Deer, Alberta on May 3.

“We think Thomas is a very technically sound goalie who projects very well into the future,” said La Forge. “Thomas is another strong prospect from our 2018 bantam draft class and is a credit to the work and ability of our scouting staff.”

“I look forward to watching this draft class develop as T-Birds,” continued La Forge.

This past season Milic played in 22 games with the Burnaby Winter Club Bantam Prep team and had a 13-7 record with a 2.06 goals against average and a .925 save percentage.

Thomas Milic in the T-Birds locker room.

“Having the opportunity to play in the top junior league in the world is exciting”, said Milic. “ I have heard and seen nothing but great things about the organization and I am looking forward to being a T-Bird. It’s an honor to represent a great organization.”

“We are really proud of all his effort to this point,” said his father Joe Milic. “It’s a great team and a great group.”

Milic is the fifth 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.

By signing a WHL Standard Player Agreement, Milic 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 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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