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Seattle, December 27, 2006 - Seattle Thunderbirds General Manager Russ Farwell today announced the team has acquired center Brett Robertson from the Prince George Cougars in exchange for center Chris Durand.

"Brett is a player that we feel will add some scoring punch up front," said Farwell. "He is accomplished in the league and will play a key role for us."

Robertson, at 6'0 and 186 pounds, is a 20-year-old from Strathmore, Alberta. In 32 games with the Cougars this year Robertson has 21 points on five goals and 16 assists. Robertson has a plus/minus rating of minus-7 with 43 penalty minutes. Robertson played 206 games combined the previous three seasons with the Medicine Hat Tigers. In those three seasons Robertson had 102 points on 45 goals and 57 assists with a plus/minus rating of plus-14 and 188 penalty minutes. His best season with the Tigers was last year when he had 22 goals and 25 assists in 66 games.

Durand, a 19-year-old from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, was in his fourth season with the T- Birds. He has played 231 games with the T-Birds and accumulated 128 points on 55 goals and 83 assists with a plus/minus rating of plus-35 and 319 penalty minutes. Durand was selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the second round, 52nd overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

"This trade will be good for all involved," said Farwell. "Chris will benefit from the change of scenery and Robertson will give us an element of scoring we need."

The T-Birds take on the Everett Silvertips on Wednesday night at KeyArena at 7:05 p.m. The Portland Winter Hawks are in town on Friday, December 29, at 7:35 p.m. at KeyArena. Seattle then hits the road for games against the Silvertips and Winter Hawks. The T-Birds are in Everett on Saturday, December 30, at 7:05 p.m. and in Portland at 5:05 p.m. on New Year's Ever.

Thunderbird tickets are currently on sale for all 2006- 07 regular season home games. Tickets are priced at $20, $16 & $12 Tickets may be purchased by calling 206-628-0888 or 206-448-PUCK (7825) or online at Seattle Thunderbirds Hockey. Tickets may also be purchased at all TicketMaster Outlets, the KeyArena West Box Office Monday - Saturday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM and The Hockey Store located at 14326 124th Ave NE in Kirkland. For additional ticket information on Season Tickets and Group Rates please call 206- 448-PUCK.
 
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