Matthew Wedman Named Team Captain

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Wedman is the 36th captain in team history

KENT, October 1, 2019 — Seattle Thunderbirds general manager Bil La Forge announced today the team has named center Matthew Wedman team captain for the 2019-20 season.

“Our team identity is exemplified by Matt,” said head coach Matt O’Dette. “He will be an example to our team of a player that knows what it means to be a T-Bird and play the T-Bird way.”

“Tyrel Bauer and Conner Bruggen-Cate will be assistant captains this season,” continued O’Dette. “We will have a third assistant captain that will rotate through the season and we look forward to guys earning the honor of wearing a letter.”

Wedman is the 36th captain in team history. Nolan Volcan was the team captain during the 2018-19 season.

Wedman was selected by the Florida Panthers in the seventh round, 199th overall, in the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver, British Columbia on June 22. Wedman attended the Panthers Development Camp after the Draft and took part in the Panthers Training Camp before joining the Springfield Thunderbirds Training Camp. Springfield is the AHL affiliate of the Panthers.

Wedman was the T-Birds leading scorer last season with 40 goals and 37 assists for 77 points in 66 games. He was the first T-Bird to hit 40 goals since Prab Rai had 41 goals in the 2009-10 season. Wedman was named a Second Team Western Conference All-Star last season.

In 255 career games with the T-Birds he has 67 goals and 90 assists for 157 points. In 43 career playoff games Wedman has three goals and seven assists for 10 points.

The T-Birds next game is Wednesday at the Kamloops Blazers at 7pm. They travel to Spokane to take on the Chiefs on Friday at 7:05pm. The T-Birds return to accesso ShoWare Center on Saturday to take on the Victoria Royals at 6:05pm.

Single game tickets are on sale online on the T-Birds website and at the accesso ShoWare Center box office.

The T-Birds are now taking orders for Flex-24 Ticket packages. Fans that purchase the 24-Flex Ticket Package will be able to select any available premium seat for any game, in any ticket combination, during the 2019-20 season.

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