Thunderbirds’ Austin strand joins AHL’s Ontario Reign

Defenseman had 25 goals and 39 assists this season

  • Saturday, April 7, 2018 1:57pm
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Seattle Thunderbirds defenseman Austin Strand has joined the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League on loan from the Los Angeles Kings.

Strand signed a three-year entry level contract with the Kings on Nov. 27. The Reign is the AHL affiliate of the Kings.

“Austin was a big part of our WHL Championship and had a breakout year this past season,” said T-Birds general manager Russ Farwell. “We are happy for him as he moves on to a pro career and we wish him the best.”

Strand had 25 goals and 39 assists for 64 points in 69 games this season. In five seasons in the WHL with the T-Birds and Red Deer Rebels he appeared in 268 games and had 40 goals and 82 assists for 122 points.

He had four goals and 10 assists for 14 points in 20 playoff games as the T-Birds won the 2017 WHL championship. He scored the T-Birds second goal in a 4-2 loss to the Erie Otters in the team’s first game at the 2017 Memorial Cup.

Strand was acquired from the Red Deer Rebels on Dec. 30, 2016, for defenseman Brandon Schuldhaus.

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