The Seattle Thunderbirds have signed forward Brendan Williamson to a WHL standard player agreement.
Williamson’s rights were acquired from the Everett Silvertips with Sean Richards, a second-round pick in 2019 Bantam Draft, a third-round pick in the 2021 Bantam Draft and a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2022 Bantam Draft for Zack Andrusiak on Jan. 1.
“This is a really exciting day to sign a player with high end potential,” said T-Birds general manager Bil La Forge. “He fits very well with the group that we are building around. We are extremely happy he chose to continue his development with the Thunderbirds going forward.”
Williamson, from Abbotsford, British Columbia, is playing for the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds in the BCMML this season. He has 12 goals and 28 assists for 40 points in 29 games.
“This is a life goal of mine,” Williamson said. “I have worked for this through my hockey career, and it’s a huge achievement.”
“I compared my options with my family and Bil La Forge’s help. Coming down to watch the games this past weekend, see the passionate fans, the locker room and facilities and the schooling helped make this decision for me.”
By signing a standard player agreement, Williamson 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.