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T-Birds Sign Defensman Jake Lee

T-Birds selected Lee in first round of 2016 Bantam Draft

KENT, June 1, 2016 — Seattle Thunderbirds general manager Russ Farwell today announced defenseman Jake Lee has signed a WHL Standard Player Agreement with the team.

“I met the coaching staff at the Spring Camp the team held in Calgary last week. It was a good experience and after that meeting with the coaching staff I am 100 percent committed to the T-Birds and understand the hard work and commitment it will take to develop as a player,” said Lee. “I am ecstatic to join the T-Birds.”

“We are very happy to have Jake committed to our team with his signing. Jake has a real presence on the ice and we are confident he will develop into a top defenseman with our team for years to come,” said Farwell

Lee, who is from Sherwood Park, Alberta, was the T-Birds first round selection, 18th overall, in the 2016 Bantam Draft. Lee played for the Sherwood Park Flyers Bantam AAA team this past season. He played in 32 games and had 11 goals and 16 assists for 27 points with 28 penalty minutes. Lee just took part in the T-Birds Spring Prospect Camp in Calgary.

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Jake Lee doing fitness testing at T-Birds Spring Camp in Calgary.

The Western Conference Champion T-Birds will announce their 2016-17 Home Opener on Thursday, June 16. It is anticipated the T-Birds will announce the full 2016-17 regular season schedule on Wednesday, June 22.

By signing a WHL Standard Player Agreement Lee 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.

T-Birds season tickets for the 2016-17 season are currently on sale. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.

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