Seattle Thunderbirds general manager Russ Farwell announced the team has acquired 20-year-old defenseman Kyle Verdino from the Swift Current Broncos in exchange for a conditional fifth round selection in the 2013 Bantam Draft.

“We are excited to add another experienced defenseman with Kyle joining our team,” said Farwell. “He has been improving every year and will get the chance to step in and play a key role for our team. He has shown he can bring both toughness and offense and we feel he will be a good addition to this year’s team.”

With the addition of Verdino, the T-Birds now have three 20-year-olds on the roster with forward Burke Gallimore and defenseman Cason Machacek being the other two.