Seattle Thunderbirds Schedule
The Seattle area has long been a hockey hotbed and the long standing Seattle Thunderbirds
have been one of the most popular teams in the Western Hockey League for years. ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington (which
is just south of Seattle) is the place to be for all of the most exciting hockey action in the Pacific Northwest and the level
of excitement during a Thunderbirds home game is enough to practically blow the roof off of the joint. There are few sporting
events more exciting than junior hockey where the players are looking to prove their mettle with hopes of eventually advancing
to the next level and the fans can feel the intensity of the competition and give it back to the players on the ice in droves.
Be sure to make it out to as many Seattle Thunderbirds home games as you can this season.
Whenever the Spokane Chiefs
come to town ShoWare Center is popping and fortunately for Thunderbirds fans, the Chiefs have quite a few games lined up in
Kent this season. The first game on the docket is on January 11th with other matchups on 7th and March 11th to follow. Any
of these games are sure to be can't miss affairs and hockey lovers in the Washington area will be holding on to their hats
awaiting the outcome. Be sure to check StubHub frequently to find out about all of the other exciting Seattle Thunderbirds
games taking place at ShoWare this season!
To date 76 former Seattle Thunderbirds have gone on
to play in the NHL and you never know who will be the next Thunderbird to be called up to the big leagues. This is your chance
to see some of the future stars of the NHL in smaller arenas and giving it their all both to earn their team a victory and
to stand out with hopes of impressing an NHL scout who may just happen to be in the audience. The Thunderbirds are hoping
to get on another winning streak that will see them rise to the top of the WHL once again. Under the tutelage of head coach
Steve Konowalchuk and with the considerable amount of talent on the roster this goal seems more than likely. Konowalchuk has
valuable experience playing hockey at the highest level for both the Washington Capitals and the Colorado Avalanche which
he is more than willing to use to help the Thunderbirds through tough times and to get the most out of his players both to
help the team win and potentially to help the players move on to the next level.
fans in general are some of the most passionate sports fans around, but nothing quite matches the fanaticism surrounding junior
league hockey and fans of the Seattle Thunderbirds are some of the most dedicated and vociferous fans in the entire WHL. On
game day at ShoWare Arena, the fans file in and take their seats and that is when the cheering and chanting begins. As the
clock winds down closer and closer to the dropping of the puck the crowd works itself into a frenzy. Finally both teams are
ready for face off and the excitement really begins. Thunderous, bone rattling hits, incredible displays of speed and agility,
powerful slapshots, and tremendous saves set the arena on fire for the following three periods of world class college hockey.
By the time the final buzzer sounds your voice is hoarse and your palms are stinging from clapping and giving high fives and
you will already be planning a return trip.
When hockey first returned to the Seattle area with the Breaker ins 19777
it was a big deal and the city has not dwindled in its support for a second. ShoWare Arena is one of the most exciting venues
in the country to catch a hockey game and you will not want to miss out on the chance to be a part of all of the action.
Seattle Thunderbirds Western Hockey League
The Western Hockey League is part of the Canadian Hockey League and
has teams in the Northwestern United States as well as in Western Canada. It is the highest junior hockey league in Canada
and as such offers up some of the best hockey competition you can find anywhere. Teams in the WHL compete for the Ed Chynoweth
Cup with the winner competing for the Memorial Cup which is Canada's junior league national championship.
Seattle Thunderbirds franchise dates back to the old Vancouver Nats who played in the WHL from 1971 to 1973 when they moved
to Kaloomps and became the Kaloomps Chiefs. In 1977 the Chiefs moved to Seattle and were renamed the Seattle Breakers. In
1986 the Breakers were bought by new owners who renamed the team the Seattle Thunderbirds and gave the team a logo and team
colors which are similar to those of the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL.