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T-Birds news and notes

By Andrew Eide

If you notice that change in the air it could be that hockey season is just around the corner. With a week to go before the Seattle Thunderbirds open training camp for the 2013-2014 season the club announced a couple of moves last week.

The biggest announcement was that they traded defenseman Taylor Green to the Brandon Wheat Kings for a conditional fifth round draft pick in next spring's bantam draft. Green, Seattle's 2010 second round draft pick, appeared in 65 games for the T-Birds last year, recording seven points.

Moving Green helps Seattle clear up their defensive picture as the club finds themselves with an abundance of blue liners as they head into training camp. The 6'7" defenseman found it hard to crack Seattle's top six defensemen on a consistent basis last year and with the emergence of Griffin Foulk and incoming rookie Ethan Bear the T-Birds had a defenseman to move.

Seattle also announced that former player Tyler Alos has been named as an assistant coach for the club. Alos appeared in ten games last year before having to retire from his playing career due to the threat of concussions in the future. Alos now completes what will be an entirely new staff for head coach Steve Konowalchuk this year. Jim McTaggart, who was an assistant last season, will not return.

Alos will join newly hired Matt O'Dette and Ian Gordon as the rest of Seattle's coaching staff.

Believe it or not hockey season is here. The T-Birds open their training camp this Thursday, August 22nd, with scrimmages at nine a.m. and 4:30 p.m. They have the same schedule for Friday and will also feature scrimmages Saturday and Sunday before playing an intra-squad game on Monday the 26th. All of these sessions are free to the public and are held at the ShoWare Center in Kent.

Seattle will get to hit players in opposing sweaters as they kick off the annual Everett preseason tournament Friday, August 30th as they face off with Tri City at 11:30 a.m.

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