Ian Henry

Seattle Thunderbirds general manager Russ Farwell today announced the team has traded left wing Marcel Noebels to the Portland Winterhawks for right wing Seth Swenson and first round picks in the 2012 and 2013 WHL Bantam Drafts.

“We just could not pass up the offer that was made,” said Farwell. “We add a younger player and two high draft picks. Marcel has been a very good player for us and we wish him good luck going forward with his career.”

Swenson, an 18-year-old right wing from Parker, Colorado, has appeared in 33 games this season for the Winterhawks and has one goal and six assists for seven points. Swenson is in his third year in the WHL and has played in 132 games and has five goals and 16 assists with 64 penalty minutes.

Noebels, from Tonisvorst, Germany, has appeared in 34 games for the T-Birds this season and has 10 goals and 14 assists for 24 points. The T-Birds selected Noebels in the first round, 10th overall, of the 2010 CHL Import Draft. Last season with the T-Birds Noebels had 56 points on 28 goals and 26 assists.

The T-Birds travel to Kamloops to take on the Blazers on Friday at Interior Savings Centre at 7:35pm. They return to ShoWare Center to take on the Portland Winterhawks at 7:05pm on Saturday.

T-Birds single game tickets for the 2011-12 season are available online at the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office. The ShoWare Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday game days at 10 a.m. and Sunday game days at noon.

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