June 14, 2017 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Seattle Thunderbirds
KENT - Seattle Thunderbirds general manager Russ Farwell today announced defenseman Tyrel Bauer has signed a WHL Standard Player Agreement with the team.
"Ty is a very solid all-round defenseman who skates very well and has a very impressive presence on the ice in all situations," said Farwell. "He plays to impact the game every shift and will be a leader on our team in the future."
Bauer was the T-Birds second round selection, 41st overall, at the 2017 Bantam Draft in Calgary, Alberta, on May 4. Bauer is the second player from the T-Birds 2017 draft class to sign with the team. Payton Mount signed with the T-Birds on Tuesday.
Bauer played last season with the Airdrie Extreme Bantam AAA team and had three goals and 14 assists for 17 points in 36 games. Bauer, who is 6'1 and 189 pounds, is from Cochrane, Alberta.
"It's great to sign with the T-Birds and I am really excited for the future," said Bauer. "I feel I am a solid stay at home defenseman that has a personal motto of I won't be outworked on the ice. I'll jump into the play if I see the opportunity."
Bauer took part in the T-Birds Summer Development Camp in Calgary over the first weekend in June.
"The team's summer development camp in early June was great. It was organized and fun and the coaches were awesome. It was great to interact with all the players there."
By signing a WHL Standard Player Agreement, Bauer 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.