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  • T-Birds deal Yakubowski to Moose Jaw for 2016 third-round pick
    Tim Pigulski | August 13, 2014 12:06 pm
    The Thunderbirds announced Wednesday morning that they have agreed to a deal to send 20-year-old forward Jaimen Yakubowski to the Moose Jaw Warriors in exchange for a 2016 third-round draft pick.
  • How will the T-Birds put their forward lines together?
    Andy Eide | August 12, 2014 9:29 pm
    About half way through last year's WHL campaign, Seattle head coach Steve Konowalchuk matched up Mathew Barzal, Justin Hickman and Ryan Gropp on a line together. Almost immediately the trio meshed and became Seattle's top offensive line down the stretch.
  • US Division will look much different in 2014-15
    Tim Pigulski | July 16, 2014 3:17 pm
    The Thunderbirds won't be the only team forced to make wholesale changes, as each of the division's other four clubs will need to answer some questions and replace star players -- and in some cases, coaches -- to maintain their stature.
  • Khaira brings size, youth to T-Birds' blue line
    Tim Pigulski | July 09, 2014 10:52 am
    Sahvan Khaira fell to the ninth round of WHL Draft because of his uncertainty about playing in the league, but the 16-year-old defenseman is looking like a steal for Seattle.
  • Thunderbirds bolster offense in import draft
    Tim Pigulski | July 02, 2014 7:29 pm
    The Thunderbirds took a big step in bolstering their offense during Wednesday's Canadian Hockey League Import Draft, drafting Denmark's Alexander True in the first round and using their second-round choice on Austria's Florian Baltram.
  • T-Birds looking to stock up in CHL Import Draft
    Andy Eide | July 01, 2014 8:37 pm
    The Thunderbirds will look to pick up two new European players Wednesday morning as the CHL holds its annual Import Draft.
  • Thunderbirds extend Konowalchuk through 2017-18 season
    Tim Pigulski | June 24, 2014 2:59 pm
    The Thunderbirds announced Tuesday afternoon that they have agreed to a three-year contract extension with head coach Steve Konowalchuk, keeping him in Seattle through the 2017-18 season.
  • T-Birds news and notes: Sahvan Khaira signs with Seattle
    Andy Eide | June 23, 2014 8:06 pm
    A month after learning that they were losing 2013 first round draft pick Dante Fabbro to the BCHL, the Thunderbirds have signed another defenseman from the same draft class.
  • Thunderbirds' Barzal prepared for larger role in draft year
    Tim Pigulski | June 13, 2014 10:21 am
    When 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 pm
    With 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 am
    The 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 pm
    The 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 pm
    Last 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 am
    Taking 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 am
    As 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 am
    With 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 am
    After 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 am
    After a late third-period rally came up just short, the Seattle Thunderbirds find themselves on the brink of elimination.
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