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T-Birds Acquire Keegan Craik and Draft Pick From Cougars

Seattle sends Mike MacLean, list defenseman Sam Schoenfeld and draft pick to Prince George

KENT, September 10, 2018 — Seattle Thunderbirds general manager Bil La Forge today announced the team has acquired forward Keegan Craik and a fifth-round selection in the 2019 Bantam Draft from the Prince George Cougars in exchange for right wing Mike MacLean, list defenseman Sam Schoenfeld and a conditional pick in the 2021 Bantam Draft.

“Mike has been a valued contributor for the T-Birds who has really developed with us in the last year,” said La Forge. “But with only three 20-year-old spots available we had to make a move. With this trade we were able to find a team for Mike to continue playing in the WHL. We are excited to add Keegan as he is a player who will add depth to our team.”

Craik, a 2001-born forward from Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, has played two games in the preseason with the Cougars. Last season he played in two regular season games with the Cougars and 27 games with the Delta Hockey Academy in the CSSHL. Craik had 13 goals and 16 assists for 29 points with Delta. He was originally a fifth-round selection, 98th overall, in the 2016 Bantam Draft.

MacLean has played in five preseason games and has a goal and an assist. Last season MacLean played in 38 games and had two goals and two assists for four points. He appeared in all five playoff games and had a goal and an assist.

Schoenfeld, a 2002-born defenseman, attended the T-Birds Training Camp and had an impressive showing. Last year Schoenfeld played 32 games with the Okanagan Hockey Academy in the CSSHL and had one goal and eight assists for nine points.

The T-Birds wrap up preseason play with back-to-back games against the Everett Silvertips. They will play on Tuesday at 7:05pm at the accesso ShoWare Center. The T-Birds will travel to the Angel of the Winds Arena on Saturday to play the Silvertips at 7pm in their final preseason game. Tickets for the preseason game on Tuesday, 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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