Thunderbirds' Barzal prepared for larger role in draft year
Tim Pigulski | June 13, 2014 10:21 amWhen Seattle snagged Mathew Barzal with the first overall choice in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft, the T-Birds faithful breathed a collective sigh of relief.
The Top 10 T-Birds of all time
Andy Eide | June 08, 2014 7:13 pmWith summer here, we thought it would be a good time to look back at the best players the T-Birds have ever seen.
Fabbro decision to shake up T-Birds' offseason plans
Tim Pigulski | May 30, 2014 10:55 amThe Thunderbirds' plan on defense was shaken up when highly-touted prospect Dante Fabbro committed to the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League.
Thunderbirds news and notes: Fabbro signs with BCHL
Andy Eide | May 28, 2014 6:48 pmThe biggest news of the Thunderbirds' summer so far occurred Wednesday morning when the Penticton Vees of the BCHL announced that T-Birds 2013 first-round pick Dante Fabbro has committed to play for them next year.
With Bantam Draft done, T-Birds turn focus to imports
May 06, 2014 1:12 pmLast Thursday, the Thunderbirds selected 10 players in the annual WHL Bantam Draft, led by first-round pick Jarret Tyszka, a 6-foot-1, 165-pound defenseman from Langley, British Columbia. The Bantam Draft is key for any team to maintaining success over time as the 15-year-olds fill out the team's list before eventually having the chance to earn a shot on the WHL roster.
T-Birds pick up ten players in WHL Bantam Draft
May 01, 2014 6:41 pm
The Seattle Thunderbirds' brass found themselves in Calgary on Thursday for the annual WHL Bantam Draft. The draft is the best way that WHL teams build their roster as they select the top 1999-born players from Western Canada and United States. The T-Birds had the 16th pick in this year's draft and on the day ended up making 10 picks as they build for the future.
Unlike the NFL Draft, where players can make an impact the following year, WHL teams usually pick up the best player available as these players won't be eligible to join their team's full time for another year. On the day Seattle selected seven forwards, two defenseman and one goaltender.
Here is a break down of Seattle's picks.
Looking ahead: T-Birds overagers next year
April 18, 2014 9:49 amTaking a look at who could be back and who may be moving on from the Thunderbirds when the 2014-15 season rolls along.
T-Birds, GM Russ Farwell have a busy summer ahead
April 17, 2014 7:08 amAs the calendar advances and the weather slowly starts to warm, it's time to look ahead for the Seattle Thunderbirds. While to a man they'd rather be on the ice fighting it out for the conference championship, the season is over and they are officially in offseason mode.
T-Birds season in review: Handing out awards
April 15, 2014 10:43 amWith the Thunderbirds' 2013-14 campaign at an end, Tim Pigulski gives out awards to the team's standout players.
T-Birds' season ends with 5-2 loss to Rockets in Game 4
April 10, 2014 6:12 amAfter one of their most successful campaigns in several years, the Seattle Thunderbirds' season has come to an end.
T-Birds on the brink after Game 3 loss to Rockets
April 09, 2014 6:19 amAfter a late third-period rally came up just short, the Seattle Thunderbirds find themselves on the brink of elimination.
Rockets fly past T-Birds 6-3 in Game 2
April 05, 2014 9:23 pmDespite a much better effort Saturday night, the Seattle Thunderbirds find themselves returning home in a two-game hole against the Kelowna Rockets.
Rockets burn T-birds 6-2 in Game 1
April 03, 2014 9:15 pm
The Kelowna Rockets landed a first big punch Thursday night to let the Thunderbirds know that they weren't going to overlook them again this year.
The Rockets capitalized on Seattle penalties and two goals from Damon Severson to win going away 6-2 at Prospera Place in Kelowna. The win gives the Rockets the early 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series and leaves the T-Birds licking their wounds a bit. Seattle got a goal from Mathew Barzal and Alex Delnov but made it too easy for Kelowna.
Nothing went well for Seattle in this game. They gave Kelowna six power play chances which led to three power play goals for the Rockets in the first half of the game. On top of that, the T-Birds were disorganized in their own end for most of the night, which led to numerous odd man chances.
Thunderbirds and Rockets ready for another masterpiece
April 03, 2014 6:07 am
The Seattle Thunderbirds and Kelowna Rockets open their second round best-of-seven playoff series this evening at Prospera Place in Kelowna. It's a series that has a lot of people talking about last year's exciting and wildly entertaining seven game masterpiece.
Will it be that good again?
It certainly seems that it will. Last year the Rockets were 50 points ahead of the seventh seeded T-Birds and nobody really expected much from the series. Seattle managed to get the league's attention after taking the first three games, all in overtime.
This year, Seattle is better and Kelowna has managed to improve after an excellent year last year as well. While still the underdog, nobody is going to surprised by Seattle making this a tough series again.
5 keys to a Thunderbirds victory over Kelowna
April 02, 2014 1:35 pmThe regular season couldn't have gone much better for the Kelowna Rockets, who finished with the WHL's best record and found themselves ranked atop most polls as not only the best team in the Western Hockey League, but the entire Canadian Hockey League.
The Kelowna Rockets are ready for another go around with the T-Birds
April 02, 2014 5:35 am
After 72 regular season games and one playoff round we are right back where we left off last year.
The Kelowna Rockets and the Seattle Thunderbirds are preparing for another playoff battle with even more on the line this year. The winner of the series will get a chance to play for the Western Conference title and as intense as last year's series was, this one could be even greater.
Last year's series between these two clubs was one for the ages. It featured the heavily favored Rockets watching as Seattle stunned them early with three straight overtime victories. Kelowna took those punches however, got their legs back, and won the next four to finally advance. As exciting as that was, Rockets head coach Ryan Huska doesn't believe it has much of an influence on this year's rematch.
Elliot looking forward to his first shot at second round
March 31, 2014 3:28 pmFor the first time since the 2008 playoffs, the Seattle Thunderbirds are moving on. In finishing off the Everett Silvertips in convincing fashion by shutting them out 5-0 on Saturday night, the Thunderbirds proved they were the better team, winning their first-round series four games to one.
Catching up with T-Birds top prospect Dante Fabbro
March 31, 2014 4:54 am
While the Seattle Thunderbirds were skating on the ice at Everett's Comcast Arena Friday night, a potential big part of their future was watching from the stands. 2013 first round draft pick Dante Fabbro had made the trek down from Vancouver to see some WHL playoff action.
Fabbro has yet to sign with Seattle as he and his family are exploring all of the high-flying defenseman's options for next year and beyond. He skated with the T-Birds during last fall's training camp and was impressive in showing off his skill set.
He recently completed a stellar season in the British Columbia Major Midget Hockey League where his Vancouver NW Giants came up just short, falling in the championship series. Individually, Fabbro had a spectacular season. He posted 22 goals and 61 points in only 38 games played. He was far and away the top BCMMHL scoring defenseman and only five forwards managed to top him in points.
T-Birds advance after 5-0 shut out of Everett
March 29, 2014 11:43 pm
KENT -- For the first time in six years the Seattle Thunderbirds have advanced into the second round of the WHL playoffs.
A night after getting blown out, the T-Birds erupted for four third period goals Saturday night at the ShoWare Center to bury the Everett Silvertips 5-0 and win their first round playoff series 4 games to 1. The T-Birds got a big goal, along with another gritty game from Scott Eansor and added 24 saves from Taran Kozun to get the shut out.
"It was nice," Seattle head coach Steve Konowalchuk said. "It was nice because it wasn't over. They're a really good hockey team...sometimes its unfortunate that two teams get matched up like that and lose. That's a really good hockey team over there and I'm really proud of our guys to beat them."
In contrast to Friday's game, Seattle came out hard and strong Saturday night. They managed the puck better, took the body to the Silvertips and eventually wore then down. The game was almost the exact opposite of Game 4 where Everett blew the doors open in the third period.
Silvertips stay alive with 6-1 rout of T-Birds
March 29, 2014 6:52 am
EVERETT -- Friday night the Everett Silvertips proved that in hockey, the team that plays with more desperation usually comes out on top.
With their backs to the wall the Silvertips controlled the game from start to finish and won 6-1 in a blow out at the Comcast Arena. Everett picked up a hat trick from Jujhar Khaira and cut the Seattle Thunderbirds lead in their opening round playoff series to 3-1. The series will now return to the ShoWare Center Saturday night for Game 5 as the T-Birds will try again to close out the Silvertips.
Friday's game was never really in doubt. As well as Seattle had played in the previous three games, they started just as poorly in this one. The Silvertips fought hard, won every battle, forced Seattle into to turnovers and took control of the game from the opening face off.