May 2016

Birds sign on Goalie Carl Stankowski
Posted by SeattleHockeyInsider on 05/15/16
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Although the Seattle Thunderbird fans are pretty bummed out about not winning the championship this week, there was a piece of good news to pass around. According to Seattle Thunderbirds general manager Russ Farwell, the T-Birds have signed on Carl Stankowski as a goaltender for next season. “Carl was the top goalie at the Western Canada U16 tournament last fall which allowed him to hold onto his ranking as the top goaltender in his age group. We are excited to have him commit to our team and join us for next season. He has the potential to be a top WHL goaltender before long and it will be... Read More
Brandon beats Seattle 8-4
Posted by SeattleHockeyInsider on 05/14/16

While the Ed Chynoweth Cup isn’t coming to Seattle this year, the Seattle Thunderbirds really gave it their all. We were able to watch the young men transform to a struggling team nearly half made from new players mid-season to a fully developed, cohesive team of hockey players worthy of the pros. While the Brandon Wheat Kings beat the Birds on Friday night with a score of 8-4, the Birds never stopped trying and really pushed to get this far in the championship. During the first period, Brandon scored first when Quenneville made a goal assisted by Duke and McGauley. Seattle took the next... Read More
Seattle hangs in the championship
Posted by SeattleHockeyInsider on 05/13/16

We finally broke through this bizarre pattern and won a game, Seattle Thunderbirds fans! After the Brandon Wheat Kings won three games in a row with the same score, all winning by one point and all taken during overtime, the Birds were able to take Game 4 of the WHL Championship with a score of 6-1. This is one of the widest margins we have seen during the entire playoffs and championship games, and you just have to wish that we could apply it to the previous three games, right? The T-Birds were on fire when they beat the Wheat Kings on Wednesday night at the ShoWare Center. There were enough... Read More
And it takes overtime for them to do it… again
Posted by SeattleHockeyInsider on 05/12/16

Does anyone else feel like this record might be broken? We have definitely been here before, right? They might have been at home in Seattle but the Thunderbirds were not able to beat the What Kings on Tuesday night. They lost to the Brandon team with a very narrow margin once again, 3-2. This makes them ahead in the series, 3-0. While they are winning the WHL Championship, there are still more games to go and the Birds could still manage to win this entire series if they start winning by the next game. The Wheat Kings have won both Game 1 and Game 2 in overtime by the score of 3-2 as well, so... Read More
Vote for your favorite
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 05/08/16

Are you a big fan of the CenturyLink scarf? Choosing its design is always a highlight of the season and most fans really enjoy wearing their scarves to games as well as other fun events for the rest of the year. Did you know that you can get a FREE match day scarf during the July 13 match if you are in attendance? How cool is that? Before that happens, though, you need to vote on which design should win this year. Click here to check out the three scarves that are up for consideration right now. Remember that these will be limited edition songs for this season. You can vote all month up until... Read More
At least they needed overtime to do it again
Posted by SeattleHockeyInsider on 05/08/16

It would seem that the Brandon Wheat Kings are bound and determined to beat the Seattle Thunderbirds, but perhaps they can only do it if the games are sure to go into overtime. On Saturday at Westman Place in Game 2 of the WHL Championship, the Wheat Kings beat the Birds once again with a score of 3-2… again. During the first period, there was no scoring. Penalties were had on Hawryluk and Brn for goaltender interference and between Hauf and Sea for slashing. During the second period, Donovan Neuls made the first goal of the night with assist from Scott Eansor and Ryan Gropp. Brandon scored... Read More
Wheat Kings win game 1
Posted by SeattleHockeyInsider on 05/07/16

During Game 1 of the WHL Championship at Westman Place in Brandon, Manitoba this weekend, the Brandon Wheat Kings beat the Seattle Thunderbirds, but they had to go into overtime to get their 3-2 score. Seattle either tied or led for most of the game from the second period on, but the Wheat Kings were able to squeeze in a final goal during overtime to secure the game. Brandon made the first goal of the night when Duke scored. McGauley made the assist. During the first period, penalties were on Thomson and Brn for slashing and Ottenbreit and Sea for interference. Seattle got on the board during... Read More
T-Birds choose Fawkes during second round
Posted by SeattleHockeyInsider on 05/06/16
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We have seen a few new young men join the Seattle Thunderbirds this week for the 2016 Bantam Draft. One of these young men, Eric Fawkes, was chosen during the second round of draft selections. Fawkes was the 40th selection overall from the Draft. Fawkes hails from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He stands at 6’1 and weighs 181 pounds. He is a forward who played for the Winnipeg Monarchs this past season. His stats so far include 31 goals and 37 assists for 68 points in 34 games. If his name is any indication, he will be an excellent addition to the team. As any Harry Potter fan knows, the powerful... Read More
T-Birds draft Jake Lee
Posted by SeattleHockeyInsider on 05/05/16

During the 2016 Bantam Draft this morning in Calgary, Canada, the Seattle Thunderbirds selected defenseman Jake Lee as a new team member. Lee was the 18th pick during the first round of draft selections. Lee stands at 6’1 and weighs 175 pounds. He comes from the Sherwood Park Flyers Bantam AAA team, where his stats included 11 goals and 16 assists for 27 points in 32 regular season games. During the 10 playoff games the defenseman played, he made 2 goals and 8 assists. To catch the video of the draft, click here. T-Birds Director of Player Personnel Cal Filson said that Lee will be a big... Read More
Will you be there?
Posted by SeattleHockeyInsider on 05/04/16

Are you ready to see a match against the Seattle Thunderbirds and the Brandon Wheat Kings in Seattle? On May 10, the puck will drop at 7:05. It will be game 3 of the series at the ShoWare Center. Tickets are on sale now on the web as well as at the box office.  The box office is open from 10 to 5 Monday through Friday. As a bonus, the game is a 2 for Tuesday special, so you can get your tickets for the price of one.  Tickets will appear half-priced when you add them to your basket online. If you are purchasing tickets for game 4, keep in mind that they will be full-priced tickets ranging from... Read More
Ethan Bear says that family support is important
Posted by SeattleHockeyInsider on 05/01/16

When asked about how much support you need at home to play hockey in the junior leagues, Ethan Bear made it clear that it was a very important part of his career. “It’s huge. It makes you feel special and I like it, I enjoy it. But at the same time I don’t let it be a distraction. The main thing for me is limiting outside distractions. My family really supports me well,” he says. And that they do. The Bear family is always at a T-Birds game, no matter the distance, and you can spot them wearing the family jersey with Bear’s number on it, 25. He says that his family always made sure he had... Read More