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  • 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.
  • Rockets fly past T-Birds 6-3 in Game 2
    April 05, 2014 9:23 pm
    Despite 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 pm
    The 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 pm
    For 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.