Seattle Thunderbirds general manager Bil La Forge announced today three T-Birds are attending NHL Training Camps.
Right wing Henrik Rybinski is attending the Florida Panthers Training Camp at Panthers IceDen in Coral Springs, Florida, starting Tuesday, September 10. Rybinski leaves for the Panthers Camp on Saturday. Rybinski was selected by the Panthers in the fifth round, 136th overall, in the 2019 NHL Draft.
Rybinski played 33 regular season games with the T-Birds last season and had seven goals and 28 assist for 35 points. Rybinski was acquired from the Medicine Hat Tigers in a trade on January 4, 2019. In 47 games combined with the T-Birds and Tigers he had eight goals and 32 assists for 40 points.
Goalie Roddy Ross is attending the Philadelphia Flyers Training Camp at Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, Pennsylvania, starting Saturday. Ross left for Flyers Camp on Thursday. Ross was selected by the Flyers in the sixth round, 169th overall, in the 2019 NHL Draft.
In 25 regular season games last year with the T-Birds Ross was 16-5-1-2 with a .919 save percentage and a 2.76 goals against average.
Center Matthew Wedman is attending the Panthers Training Camp in Coral Springs. Wedman was selected by the Panthers in the seventh round, 199th overall, in the 2019 NHL Draft.
Wedman was the T-Birds leading scorer this past season with 40 goals and 37 assists for 77 points in 66 games. He was the first T-Bird to hit 40 goals since Prab Rai had 41 goals in the 2009-10 season. Wedman was named a Second Team Western Conference All-Star last season.
In 255 career games with the T-Birds he has 67 goals and 90 assists for 157 points. In 43 career playoff games Wedman has three goals and seven assists for 10 points. Wedman was originally selected by the T-Birds in the second round, 32nd overall, in the 2014 Bantam Draft.
The T-Birds are at the Red Lion Hotels’ Preseason Tournament at the Toyota Center in Kennewick this weekend. The T-Birds will begin the tournament on September 6 against the Tri-City Americans at 7:05pm. Tournament play will conclude on Saturday with a matchup against the Portland Winterhawks at 3pm.
The T-Birds wrap up preseason play with a home game against the Everett Silvertips on Tuesday, September 10, at 7:05pm at accesso ShoWare Center.
The T-Birds start the 2019-20 Western Hockey League regular season against the Kamloops Blazers on Saturday, September 21, at 6:05pm at accesso ShoWare Center.