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  • Dante Fabbro to remain in Penticton for 2015-16 season
    Tim Pigulski | June 01, 2015 2:36 pm
    In a press release posted on the Penticton Vees' website, it was announced that former T-Birds first-round draft pick Dante Fabbro will be returning to Penticton for the 2015-16 season, when he will be 17 years old.
  • T-Birds acquire Watson from Lethbridge for Millette and pick
    Tim Pigulski | May 15, 2015 11:09 am
    The Thunderbirds announced early Friday morning that they acquired forward Jamal Watson from the Lethbridge Hurricanes in exchange for Cory Millette and a fifth-round selection in next year's Bantam Draft.
  • T-Birds select nine players in 2015 WHL Bantam Draft
    Tim Pigulski | May 08, 2015 3:28 pm
    The Thunderbirds added nine new players to their protected list through Thursday's annual WHL Bantam Draft, a crop including six forwards, two defensemen, and one goalie.
  • Who will be the Thunderbirds' next captain?
    Andy Eide | May 04, 2015 8:00 pm
    When the Thunderbirds convene for training camp this fall to prepare for the season, they will be searching for a new team captain. With Justin Hickman and Shea Theodore moving on to the pro ranks this next season, the T-Birds will need someone to step up and don the C on their sweater.
  • T-Birds' Jarret Tyszka always thought he would play in WHL
    Tim Pigulski | April 27, 2015 1:50 pm
    On April 16, the Thunderbirds announced an exciting piece of news as last year's first-round Bantam Draft pick, Jarret Tyszka, signed a WHL Standard Player Agreement. The news couldn't have come at a better time as Seattle will lose two of its top four defensemen from last season, Shea Theodore and Evan Wardley, and the status of 2013 first-round pick Dante Fabbro remains uncertain.
  • Steve Konowalchuk reflects on the Thunderbirds season
    April 21, 2015 9:16 am

    It was a season that saw the T-Birds ice one of the youngest clubs in the WHL, face some adversity and finish strong.While it ended before they would have liked, it was a positive year for the young T-Birds.

  • T-Birds GM Farwell reflects on 2014-15, optimistic for next season
    Tim Pigulski | April 17, 2015 3:41 pm
    The Thunderbirds season could be considered a success given their youthful roster, but for general manager Russ Farwell it's tough to say if the team met his expectations given how often the team didn't have a healthy roster.
  • Early exit shouldn't overshadow T-Birds' accomplishments
    Tim Pigulski | April 09, 2015 10:17 am
    Despite an early playoff exit, the Thunderbirds exceeded the expectations of many, finishing the season fourth in the Western Conference with 85 points and getting within inches of taking the favored Portland Winterhawks to Game 7 in the first round.
  • T-Birds eliminated after 5-4 overtime loss to Portland
    Andy Eide | April 08, 2015 5:48 am
    The Thunderbirds' season ended on Tuesday night with a 5-4 overtime loss to Portland, but they didn't go down without a fight.
  • How the T-Birds were built: The protected list and import draftees
    Tim Pigulski | April 07, 2015 2:59 pm
    The seventh and final installment of a series of articles looking at how the current T-Birds roster was built through the draft and various trades over the past five years.
  • T-Birds on the brink after dropping Game 5 to Portland 5-3
    Andy Eide | April 05, 2015 7:40 am
    The Thunderbirds face elimination from the playoffs after dropping a hard-fought 5-3 decision to the Winterhawks in Portland on Saturday night.
  • Checking in with WHL Commissioner Ron Robison
    April 03, 2015 12:22 pm

    Western Hockey League Commissioner Ron Robison attended Thursday night's Thunderbirds game against the Portland Winterhawks. He spoke with the assembled media and talked on a variety of league related topics.

  • Portland evens series at two with 8-5 win over Seattle
    Andy Eide | April 03, 2015 6:17 am
    The T-Birds dug themselves an early hole against the Portland Winterhawks that they never could recover from and went on to lose 8-5 at the ShoWar Center.
  • How the 2014-15 T-Birds were built: The 2013 Bantam Draft
    Tim Pigulski | April 01, 2015 10:51 am
    Continuing our series of articles looking at how the current T-Birds roster was built through the draft and various trades over the past five years.
  • T-Birds bounce back, beat Winterhawks 5-2 in Game 3
    Andy Eide | March 31, 2015 10:25 pm
    The T-Birds beat the Portland Winterhawks 5-2 in Game 3 of their opening-round playoff series Tuesday night in front of 6,119 fans in the ShoWare Center.
  • T-Birds goalie Ryan Gilchrist eager for the future
    Tim Pigulski | March 30, 2015 12:19 pm
    When the Thunderbirds announced that they had signed Lloyminster, Alberta native Ryan Gilchrist to a WHL standard player agreement on Feb. 20, it appeared that the goalie situation for the near future was settled.
  • Portland evens series with Seattle after 3-0 shutout
    Andy Eide | March 29, 2015 11:26 pm
    Seattle was looking to take a commanding two-game lead in its best-of-seven opening-round tilt with the Portland Winterhawks but came up short, getting shut out 3-0 at the Moda Center.
  • Thunderbirds come back to take Game 1 against Portland 4-3
    Andy Eide | March 29, 2015 1:09 am
    The T-Birds scored twice late in the third period to come from behind and edge out the Portland Winterhawks 4-3 in Game 1 of their playoff series.
  • Your 2015 WHL playoff preview
    March 27, 2015 6:27 am
    The WHL's second season is finally upon us. After 72 grueling games, long bus rides and the highs and lows that come with a regular season, it all comes down to 16 teams.
  • Playoffs are both beginning and end for T-Birds like Wardley, Volcan
    Andy Eide | March 26, 2015 6:25 am
    When the Thunderbirds began the 2014-2015 season they did so with one of the youngest clubs in the WHL. Over the course of the season, 11 rookies would make their WHL debuts and while green at the beginning, they got stronger as the season wore on.