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Luke Ormsby departs T-Birds to join Wenatchee Wild

Ormsby, a native of Monroe, Wash., was one of few Puget Sound products to suit up for the T-Birds (T-Birds photo)

On Monday, Luke Ormsby announced via his Twitter account that he would be leaving the Thunderbirds to join the BCHL’s Wenatchee Wild.

Ormsby, 18, is a native of Monroe, Wash. and grew up a fan of the T-Birds. In 80 WHL regular season games over the course of three years, Ormsby registered six goals, six assists, and 39 penalty minutes. During last year’s WHL Championship run, Ormsby set career highs in every category with six goals, five assists and 25 penalty minutes. He had one assist in last year’s playoffs, during which he dressed for 13 games.

According to T-Birds general manager Russ Farwell, Ormsby’s departure was a mutual decision.

“He is going to Wenatchee to play,” Farwell told ESPN 710’s Andy Eide. “We are releasing him. It was a mutual decision.”

This season, Ormsby had yet to register a point in 11 games played. On a team that is clearly trying to give its younger forwards ice time in order to aid in their development, it became unclear what Ormsby’s role would be moving forward.

The T-Birds now have 14 forwards listed on their active roster, including five rookies.