June 15, 2017 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Seattle Thunderbirds
KENT - Seattle Thunderbirds general manager Russ Farwell today announced defenseman Luke Bateman has signed a WHL Standard Player Agreement with the team.
"We were excited to get Luke in the fourth round because he had such a good tournament on the final weekend in British Columbia," said Farwell. "He has the size and temperament to be a dominate defender with good skills and very good vision."
Bateman was selected by the T-Birds in the fourth round, 85th overall, at the 2017 Bantam Draft in Calgary, Alberta, on May 4. He was the team's third overall pick in the draft. Bateman is the third player from the T-Birds 2017 draft class to sign with the team. Payton Mount signed with the T-Birds on Tuesday and Tyrel Bauer signed with the team on Wednesday.
Bateman played last season with the Thompson Zone 1 Bantam team in Thompson, British Columbia. Bateman had three goals and 23 assists for 26 points in 57 games. Bateman, who is 6'3 and 177 pounds, is a left hand shot from Kamloops, British Columbia.
"I am very happy to sign with the T-Birds and join a very good organization," said Bateman. "I am working out this summer and attending a few hockey camps where I will work on my shot and skating to get ready for next season."
Bateman took part in the T-Birds Summer Development Camp in Calgary over the first weekend in June.
By signing a WHL Standard Player Agreement, Bateman 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.
Season Tickets for the WHL Champion T-Birds 2017-18 season are currently on sale. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.