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T-Birds place Tyler Adams on long-term injured reserve

Adams helped the T-Birds win their first WHL Championship in his hometown of Regina last season (T-Birds photo)

Overage left wing Tyler Adams has been placed on long-term injured reserve by the Thunderbirds.

Per general manager Russ Farwell, Adams will be having surgery on his hip.

With three 20-year-olds in Turner Ottenbreit, Austin Strand and Donovan Neuls still on the roster in addition to Adams, the T-Birds were going to need to make some sort of move to get down to the limit of three.

Adams, acquired midway through last season from the Swift Current Broncos, was brought in to shore up Seattle’s lower line depth and provide some extra toughness on the fourth line. However, due to injuries, illnesses and international tournaments, Adams was often forced to play minutes on Seattle’s second and third lines and performed admirably.

In 41 regular season games last year, the Regina, Sask. native had three goals and five assists to go along with 56 penalty minutes. In the playoffs, he had five more points and 18 penalty minutes in 20 games.