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Thunderbirds GM Bil La Forge has some moves to make this offseason. (Brian Liesse/T-Birds photo)...
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Thunderbirds GM Bil La Forge dishes on the upcoming offseason

Thunderbirds general manager Bil La Forge will make some moves this summer to improve his club. Will they be big ones?
5 months ago
Seattle’s Keltie Jeri-Leon celebrates his final WHL goal Sunday against Spokane. (Brian Liess...
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Thunderbirds end strange and hard season on a high note with dominating win over Spokane

The Seattle Thunderbirds dealt with a lot of adversity this season but end on a high note.
6 months ago
Keltie Jeri-Leon plays his final WHL game for the Thunderbirds Sunday night. (Brian Liesse)...
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Keltie Jeri-Leon set to play his final WHL game as Thunderbirds face Spokane Sunday

After five seasons, Seattle's lone over-aged player, Keltie Jeri-Leon will play his final junior game Sunday night.
6 months ago
Seattle rookie Scott Ratzlaff won his first WHL game in his first start. (Judy Simpson/TC Americans...
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Scott Ratzlaff earns first WHL win as Thunderbirds beat Tri-City

Behind a rookie goalie, the Thunderbirds kicked off the season's final weekend with a 5-2 win in Kennewick against the Tri-City Americans.
6 months ago
The Seattle Thunderbirds celebrate after snapping a six-game losing streak Sunday night. (Brian Lie...
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Thunderbirds enjoy winning again after snapping six-game losing streak

The Seattle Thunderbirds have been scuffling but battled against a good Portland Winterhawks club to snap a six-game losing streak.
6 months ago
Thunderbirds forward Reid Schaefer fights for position Sunday in Portland. (Megan Connelly/Winterha...
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Dealing with adversity, young Thunderbirds drop pair of games in Portland

Injuries and penalties have thrown a ton of adversity at the young Thunderbirds which showed up in a pair of losses at Portland this weekend.
6 months ago
Florida Panthers prospect Henrik Rybinski has been the Thunderbirds best player this season. (Brian...
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Henrik Rybinski looking to leave impression with Thunderbirds

Thunderbirds center Henrik Rybinski is playing some of the best hockey of his career and looking to finish the season strong.
6 months ago
Seattle goalie Jackson Berry will be the Thunderbirds top guy for rest of season. (Brian Liesse)...
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Jackson Berry ready to take over Thunderbirds net for remainder of season

The Thunderbirds beat Tri-City while being backstopped by a new number one goalie in Jackson Berry.
6 months ago
Led by Tyrel Bauer the Thunderbirds defense stymied Tri-City Sunday night. (Judy Simpson, Tri-City ...
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Thunderbirds grind out win in Tri-City while saying goodbye to Roulette and Milic

It wasn't pretty but the Thunderbirds ground out a win in Kennewick on a night they said goodbye to a couple of key players.
7 months ago
Henrik Rybisnki's strong start has helped the Thunderbirds overcome early in the season. (Larry Bru...
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Thunderbirds resiliency has paid off so far in young season

The Thunderbirds are young but have been a resilient bunch so far this year thanks to youthful energy and key veteran leadership.
7 months ago
Conner Roulette and the Seattle Thunderbirds came up short Friday night in Everett. (Brian Liesse/T...
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Turnovers, penalties cost Thunderbirds bid for week’s sweep against Silvertips

The Thunderbirds came up short in Everett against the Silvertips Friday night but learned some valuable lessons over the week's two-game series.
7 months ago
Thunderbirds center Matthew Rempe tries to find his way through a maze of Portland Winterhawks. (Bi...
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Despite tough loss to Portland Sunday, Thunderbirds off to encouraging start

The Thunderbirds are off to a 3-2 start to the WHL season and coming off a positive three-game weekend.
7 months ago
Seattle rookie Jordan Gustafson scored his first WHL goal Saturday night. (Brian Liesse)...
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Thunderbirds use speed to edge Portland Saturday night

The Thunderbirds speed and skill matched with the visiting Portland Winterhawks and paved the way to a 3-2 victory.
7 months ago
The Seattle Thunderbirds announced Thursday that they had removed two players from their roster due...
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Thunderbirds remove two players from roster over ‘racial incident’

The Seattle Thunderbirds announced Thursday that they had removed two players from their roster due to an unspecified "racial" incident.
7 months ago
Thunderbirds rookie Thomas Milic is off to a strong start in net. (Brian Liesse-T-Birds)...
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Takeaways from the Thunderbirds weekend split

The Thunderbirds opened the season this past weekend by splitting a pair of games. There was a lot of positives to take away along with some work still to be done.
7 months ago
Seattle rookie Thomas Milic stretches out to make a save during the Thunderbirds season opener. (Br...
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Young Thunderbirds take first step in shootout win against Spokane

The Thunderbirds opened their season Friday with a win that showcased their impressive rookie class.
7 months ago
Thunderbirds rookie Jordan Gustafson (who will wear number 7 this year) is part of an exciting rook...
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The future starts now for Thunderbirds rookies Gustafson and Korchinski

The Seattle Thunderbirds open their season Friday night against Spokane and do so with an impressive rookie class.
7 months ago
Thunderbirds rookie Kevin Korchinski (right) battles Cade McNelly for the puck. (Brian Liesse/T-Bir...
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Thunderbirds have added youth and skill to their defense

The Seattle Thunderbirds will have some new exciting defensemen this year which will impact the blue line and help the offense.
7 months ago
After a year away, the Seattle Thunderbirds are excited to be back on the ice. (Brian Liesse/T-Bird...
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After offseason uncertainty, Thunderbirds excited to be back on the ice

With just a week to go before they open the WHL season, the Seattle Thunderbirds are thrilled to be back to hockey.
8 months ago
After playing for three other clubs, Keltie Jeri-Leon found a home with the Thunderbirds. (Brian Li...
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Keltie Jeri-Leon has found a home in Seattle with the Thunderbirds

Seattle's lone 20-year-old Keltie Jeri-Leon is a leader on and off the ice and is ready to leave his final mark on the WHL.
8 months ago
The Seattle Thunderbirds and the U.S. Division are set to start play March 19th. (Brian Liesse/T-Bi...
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T-Birds notebook: Hockey is back, roster updates and an NHL debut

With the Seattle Thunderbirds set to play in March, here is the rest of the news surrounding the team.
9 months ago
After over a year with no hockey the Seattle Thunderbirds will start their season March 19th (Brian...
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WHL announces March 19th start date for Thunderbirds, US Division

After getting the State's OK, the WHL announced the Seattle Thunderbirds and the U.S. Division will begin play on March 19th
9 months ago
The Thunderbirds traded Simon Kubicek to Edmonton on Monday (Brian Liesse/T-Birds)...
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Thunderbirds move import Simon Kubicek to Edmonton for Vladimir Alistrov

While we wait to hear an official start date to a potential Western Hockey League season the Seattle Thunderbirds announced a trade Monday as they sent import defenseman Simon Kubicek to the Edmonton Oil Kings in exchange for forward Vladimir Alistrov. Each team will also receive a conditional draft pick, although details weren’t provided. The […]
9 months ago
The WHL announced Friday it was committed to having a season in 2021 (Brian Liesse-T-Birds)...
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WHL commits to playing shortened 2020-2021 season but start date is TBD

The WHL announced that it is committed to conducting a season. In a press release, the league stated there would be a minimum of 24-games played but a start date has yet to be determined.
10 months ago