T-Birds training camp Day 3 recap: Barzal and Kolesar shine
August 24, 2014 5:11 am
The Thunderbirds had a slightly lighter third day of training camp Saturday with three scrimmages in the afternoon. These scrimmages featured the returning players along with some select rookies and draft picks.
The three games were competitive with two being decided with a shoot out. These shoot outs weren't taken as seriously as they might in the regular season as the Blue team sent out defensemen Jerret Smith and Jared Hauf as shooters. Neither player were able to convert.
Here are the noteworthy events from Saturday.
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Khaira brings size, youth to T-Birds' blue line
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Tim Pigulski | July 02, 2014 7:29 pmThe 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.
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Thunderbirds extend Konowalchuk through 2017-18 season
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T-Birds pick up ten players in WHL Bantam Draft
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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.
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