December 2015

Seattle wins 2-1
Posted by SeattleHockeyInsider on 12/31/15
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The Seattle Thunderbirds lost badly against the Chiefs last Sunday in a shutout defeat, but they have since redeemed themselves in one of the most exciting games they have had lately. There were barely any goals scored for the night with a final score of 2-1, but it was an intense game with hard hits, lots of tension and the kind of heart-stopping moments that fans crave at any sporting event—particularly ice hockey. Perhaps it was because fans in attendance were at an all-time high at the ShoWare Center, with 62,000 people in the arena watching the game. Perhaps it was because the Birds were... Read More
Have you ever visited the soccer hub?
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 12/29/15
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If you are a Rave Green fan living in or near Seattle, odds are that you already know about The Ninety. The Ninety is where so many of Seattle’s biggest fans meet to hang out, discuss all things soccer and celebrate the Seattle Sounders. It is both owned and operated by the Seattle Sounders FC. The gathering place is home to any number of fun activities, from autograph sessions with the players to special speaker series where fans can come and listen to a topic about soccer or the team. They have chalk talks, radio shows, podcasts and all kinds of things for Sounders fans to participate in... Read More
T-Birds sign on Broncos player
Posted by SeattleHockeyInsider on 12/29/15
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You don’t normally think of big deals going down early on a Sunday morning, particularly after a holiday weekend, but that is exactly what has just happened this week with the Birds. The Swift Current Broncos are saying goodbye to a player as the Seattle Thunderbirds pick him up. Welcome to the team, left wing Andreas Schumacher! Schumacher hails from Stenungsund, Sweden. The left wing stands at 6’4 and weighs 201 pounds. He was born on August 11, 1996 and shoots left. During the 2014 to 2015 season, Schumacher played in 65 games, scoring 8 goals and making 9 assists. He had scored 17 points... Read More
Not one point on the board for Seattle
Posted by SeattleHockeyInsider on 12/28/15
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Well, folks, we had high hopes that the Seattle Thunderbirds would end the year on a high note. And that may still be possible, seeing as they have one more game to go before we kiss 2015 goodbye. But that high note will not include last night’s game against the Spokane Chiefs, because Spokane really took the game. In fact, they played so hard that the Birds did not make a single goal all night long. The Birds were playing the Chiefs at the Spokane home territory, Veterans Memorial Arena, which is always tougher to begin with. You have fewer fans rooting you on in person, you’re in more... Read More
Check in tonight to watch the game
Posted by SeattleHockeyInsider on 12/27/15
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As 2015 comes to a close, the Seattle Thunderbirds have much to celebrate—and much to work towards. The amateur team took first place at holiday break after a touch and go series of losses, recovering after defeating the Tri City Americans and banking on their incredible, and multiple series of wins earlier in the season. They took a quick break for the holiday but the athletes are back in the game, with matches tonight, Tuesday night and Thursday night. Ring in the New Year with your T-Bird support! Tonight’s match is one that is not to miss. The Birds will be playing at Spokane, and the... Read More
Keegan Kolesar signs on with the team
Posted by SeattleHockeyInsider on 12/25/15
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It will come to no surprise to fans of the Seattle Thunderbirds that Keegan Kolesar has been selected to play with the big boys. The right winger has landed a three-year entry contract to play in the NHL and the Thunderbirds community could not be more excited for him. Kolesar was the 69th pick overall in the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, Florida. The Columbus Blue Jackets selected him during the third round of the draft. The forward’s new contract details were not revealed, as is the policy; but Kolesar definitely has the skills and attitude that demand recognition from whatever team he joins.... Read More
What you need to know
Posted by SeattleHockeyInsider on 12/24/15
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Think you will go into Seattle Thunderbird withdrawals over the holidays? It is true that the box office will be closed for a few days, but the break will be over before you know it. The box office will be closed from December 24 to the 27th to ensure that employees get to celebrate the season along with the T-Birds themselves during the break. The box office will also close on December 31 at noon and remain closed during the New Year’s Day celebration, opening again on January 2nd. The next game that the Birds will be playing will be at Spokane. That game will be happening this Saturday,... Read More
Seattle had a comeback on Saturday
Posted by SeattleHockeyInsider on 12/23/15
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Seattle Thunderbirds fans from all over the Emerald City fist pumped on Saturday night when the Birds finally broke their streak of losses and made a comeback over the Tri City Americans at the Toyota Center in Kennewick. The game ended with a solid T-Bird win, with a score of 6-3 after the final period. Wouldn’t you have loved to have been a fly on the wall as the Birds discussed strategy and motivation prior to that game? They had to have wanted this win so bad before the first half of the season ended—not just to end it on a high note, but to take back the lead they were carrying before... Read More
The Americans win, 3-2
Posted by SeattleHockeyInsider on 12/21/15
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What is in the ice at the ShoWare Center? The Seattle Thunderbirds seem to be on a losing streak lately and it just keeps getting longer. After what proved to be such a strong streak of wins not only once but twice this season, they are back in the red. Last weekend, on Friday, December 18, the Birds lost to the Tri City Americans in a an exciting 3-2 game. The good news is that, while the Birds lost, it was by a narrow margin, giving fans hope that this string of losses will fray and end soon. The victory, in fact, occurred during overtime while fans waited with bated breath to find out the... Read More
St. George sweeps the ShoWare Center on Tuesday
Posted by SeattleHockeyInsider on 12/16/15
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Whelp, the Seattle Thunderbirds suffered another loss on Tuesday night when the St. George Cougars came to town. It was a pretty heavy win with a 6-2 score. There are only two games left before the Birds take a break for the holidays, so hopefully the guys can get it together and get two wins under their belts to end the period on a positive note. The Cougars outshot the Birds 11-10 during the first period but it only got worse from there. Jared Bethune scored the first goal of the evening, and Ethan Bear made an effort to take the game back, tying it with a goal during the same period when... Read More
Everett wins 4-1
Posted by SeattleHockeyInsider on 12/15/15
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The Birds just haven’t had the greatest luck this season when it comes to playing against the Silvertips. This last beating was perhaps the most brutal of the season. Everett took the game with a score of 4-1, and this time it was even on their home turf at the ShoWare Center. The game took place last Saturday night, on December 12. Even though the Birds scored the first goal of the evening with Turner Ottenbreit’s second goal this year, they simply could not keep up after that first period score. The Silvertips started off behind but increased their momentum throughout the entire evening,... Read More
What you need to know
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 12/12/15
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Do you have a charity, nonprofit organization or worthy cause for the Seattle Thunderbirds to support? The team has a long history of helping the community raise money for charitable causes, donating to help fundraising events and making sure the Seattle community is the best that it can be. Interested in getting the T-Birds on board with your project?  Whether you are sponsoring a corporate event, childrne’s charity or other nonprofit activity, here is what you need to know. The Birds offer nonprofit organizations help in a variety of ways. For auction and charity events, you may be... Read More
Find out how to win
Posted by SeattleHockeyInsider on 12/11/15
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Have you always wanted to unleash the thunder for free? Who wouldn’t want to win two free ticket to Seattle Thunderbirds games with no questions asked? All you need to do is download a Digital Game Day Program. Then, click on the graphic that says, “Enter to Win.” One person will be drawn at random to get two free tickets to the next home game in every digital game guide. Some tips: Be sure to enter with your email address since that is how the winners are notified. Every email address is limited to just one entry so keep that in mind to avoid becoming disqualified. The same limit applies to... Read More
Verhelst led the Spokane team to victory
Posted by SeattleHockeyInsider on 12/10/15
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The Seattle Thunderbirds lost to the Spokane Chiefs on Wednesday night. The score was 4-2 with Tyson Verhelst protecting the Chiefs’ goal at all costs. Say what you will but he was on fire that night. It seems like the T-Birds play best when they are at home at the ShoWare Center; this was an away game at the Veterans Memorial Arena. It was one of those nights like the presidential election of 2000. While the T-Birds may have made more shots and won the popular vote, the Chiefs simply blocked more of them and won the Electoral College. Something like that. They were leading on shots after two... Read More
Get to know the new right winger
Posted by SeattleHockeyInsider on 12/08/15
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It is midseason and we all know what that means: fresh blood. Teams are making new deals and trading players to increase their chances of a better second half of the season and the T-Birds are no different. Just days ago they told fans that Luke Ormsby is joining the team. Now the Seattle Thunderbirds just announced that they are signing on Josh Uhrich to the team. The announcement came in on December 7, 2015. Ulrich, who shoots right, is a right winger and comes from the Saskatoon Blades. He stands at 6’1 and weighs 197 pounds. Uhrich was born on February 3, 1996 in Rosetown, SK. Uhrich... Read More
Enjoy a night with the T-Birds
Posted by SeattleHockeyInsider on 12/07/15
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Ladies and gentlemen, it is time to enjoy one of the most fun nights of the year at the ShoWare Center: Pub Night! Grab your friends, family and anyone else you know and get ready for an exciting game with the Seattle Thunderbirds. It is coming up on Friday, December 11, so be sure to order your tickets as soon as you can. Pub Night begins at 7:35. You and your group will be rooting on the Birds as they take on the Spokane Chiefs in what is sure to be an epic battle on the ice. Tickets for the event are just $20 per person when you order them in packs of 10 (which is the minimum order), and... Read More
New player fulfills a childhood dream
Posted by SeattleHockeyInsider on 12/05/15
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The Seattle Thunderbirds are welcoming a new player to the team next season. Luke Ormsby was born on February 14, 1999 in Port Angeles, but he grew up in Bellingham and Everett. He has played minor league hockey with the Sno-King Hockey Association from the time he was eight years old until he was 12. The forward stands at 5’11 and weighs 170 pounds. In the 2013 to 2014 season Ormsby played for the Tier 1 LA Jr. Kings 99, playing in four games and scoring one goal. He made no assists during that first year, earning one point for the season. From 2014 to 2015, he played for the Tier 1 Midget... Read More
Facebook is just the beginning…
Posted by SeattleHockeyInsider on 12/04/15
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So you’re following the Seattle Thunderbirds on Facebook. Maybe you’re even keeping up with them on Twitter. But did you know that the team has a presence all over the web? Maybe you thought Pinterest was just for crafty people. It’s true that the site has tons of cool crafts, handyman projects and even recipes to make, but it’s also a great place to organize your Thunderbird news and links. Don’t believe it? Just check out the Thunnderbirds’ Pinterest page to see Cool Bird quotes, game day recipes, news, scouting information, and even photos of fans in the Seattle streets. You can even pin... Read More
Keep up with your favorite team’s latest news
Posted by SeattleHockeyInsider on 12/03/15
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Think you know where to find the latest, freshest Seattle Thunderbirds news? If you are not following the Birds on Facebook, you must be mistaken. When you follow the Birds’ page by “liking” it on Facebook, you will receive up-to-date announcements, including by the hour Thunderbird news. Coach Konowalchuk is talking on a radio show? The page covers it. The Birds are hosting a special fundraiser or other event? You’ll find it there. It’s an absolute must-follow on Facebook. Follow the page for sports interviews, photos, game recaps and much more. You can also use the page’s apps for more T-... Read More
Congratulations to Matthew Barzal
Posted by SeattleHockeyInsider on 12/02/15
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The WHL selected one of Seattle’s own for their Player of the Month for November 2015. Matthew Barzal won the honor of the award this past month on the heels of a great month of achievements on his part as well as that of the T-Birds overall. It is a great accomplishment for the 18-year-old player from Coquitlam, British Columbia. Barzal is the current T-Bird lead in points. In 22 games, he has already scored 40 points. Broken down, they are split between seven goals and 33 assists. The Player of the Month distinction came after several other honors that Barzal received, including three... Read More
How do you like the new player?
Posted by SeattleHockeyInsider on 12/01/15
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Seattle Thunderbirds fans said so long to Kaden Elder this fall. Elder is being trade to the Swift Current Broncos in exchange for right wing Owen Seidel as part of the sixth round of the 2016 Bantam Draft. The manager of the Birds, Russ Farwell, says that the team thinks that Seidel has great potential on the ice, and that he will be a good two-way player based on the stats that the player racked up during his midget experience. The trade was announced on November 10. Farwell said that he also hopes that Elder gets a fresh start out of the trade as well as “a chance to earn more of an... Read More