Kent, Wash. — Seattle Thunderbirds General Manager Bil La Forge announced that centerman Jordan Gustafson has signed a Western Hockey League Standard Player Agreement with the team.
Gustafson, from Ardrossan, Alta., was selected by the Thunderbirds in the first round, eighth overall, in the 2019 Bantam Draft on May 2, in Red Deer, Alta.
“This is an exciting day for our franchise as Gustafson is a building block we have identified for success going forward,” said La Forge. “Our Scouting staff did a very good job identifying Gustafson as a priority talent going into the draft. We look forward to working with Jordan and his family as we develop him as a hockey player, student and person over the next number of years.”
“I feel really excited to sign with Seattle,” said Gustafson. “I’ve heard nothing but great things about Seattle, the coaches and the fans.
“Our decision going into the Bantam draft was to be 100 per cent sure we wanted to go to the team that I was selected by. When I heard my name called by Seattle, I knew from that moment I wanted to be a Thunderbird.”
By signing a WHL Standard Player Agreement, Gustafson 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.