Sam Oremba signs with Seattle

The next chapter in the hockey career of Regina’s Sam Oremba started Wednesday.

Less than a week after being the seventh pick overall in the WHL Bantam Draft, Oremba signed a WHL Standard Players Contract with the Seattle Thunderbirds.

“Sam is a player we knew a lot about going into the draft,” said Thunderbirds GM Bill La Forge. “He had a great season last year and it is an exciting day for the T-Birds to be able sign him as he fits in well with the group we are developing to compete for a WHL Championship.”

Oremba played for the Regina Monarchs Bantam AA team last year and had 75 goals and 58 assists for 133 points in 31 games.

“I have always wanted to play in the WHL and I remember watching Pats games as a kid and once I found out Seattle selected me, I was ready to sign.” Oremba said on the Thunderbirds website. “My parents, family members, coaches, teachers and friends all pushed me and without them I don’t think I would be where I am today.”

By signing a WHL Standard Player Agreement, Oremba 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.

He plans on playing next season with the Regina Pat Canadians.

(with files from Seattle

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