With its origins in junior Canadian hockey, the Seattle Thunderbirds competes each year in the WHL, which cultivates and develops some of the world’s top hockey talent up to the age of 20. The franchise was founded in 1971 as the Vancouver Nats, but after two years at the bottom of the division, it relocated to nearby Kamloops in British Columbia. When the franchise finally came to Seattle in 1977 and adopted the name of the Breakers, it became one of the first American teams to compete in Canadian major junior hockey. The new era of the Thunderbirds began in 1985. Though the team was a perennial playoff contender, the Thunderbirds only reached its first championship series in 1997 where it lost to Lethbridge. It returned to the championship series again in 2016, losing this time to the Brandon Wheat Kings. On its third attempt in 2017, Seattle finally captured the coveted Ed Chynoweth Cup in six games over Regina. If you want to experience a great match of major junior hockey, then you should purchase Seattle Thunderbirds tickets at StubHub.
Who are some notable players from Seattle's history?
Numerous Thunderbirds alumni have gone on to play professional hockey at the highest levels. Mathew Barzal, Ethan Bear, Brenden Dillon, Shea Theodore, Patrick Marleau and Nate Thompson have forged careers in the NHL. Jan Eberle, Gustav Olhaver, Greg Scott, Sami Moilanen and Spencer Edwards have all played overseas in Europe. Many other alumni have played in the East Coast Hockey League and American Hockey League.
What was Seattle’s record last season?
Despite finishing at the bottom of the US Division, Seattle clinched the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with 70 points and a record of 31-29-6-2. In its first-round matchup against the top seed Vancouver Giants, Seattle lost a hard-fought six-game series. The balance of power shifted back and forth in the first four games as they fought each other to a 2-2 tie. However, Vancouver captured the final two games 3-2 and 5-1 to clinch the series victory.
Does Seattle have any rivals?
The Seattle Thunderbirds games against the Portland Winterhawks share deep historical roots. Not only are their cities historical rivals across multiple sports, but the teams have cultivated a close relationship as some of the oldest American teams in Canadian major junior hockey. Seattle and Portland meet every year in the regular season and also sometimes in the playoffs. The Thunderbirds also have in-state rivalries with Spokane, Tri-City and Everett.
What is the Seattle Thunderbirds schedule for this season?
Seattle’s 2019 to 2020 regular season takes place between Sept. 21 and March 22. The schedule features critical games against the Vancouver Giants, Spokane Chiefs, Tri-City Americans, Victoria Royals and Everett Silvertips. There are also 12 total matchups between rivals Portland and Seattle, two of which take place in the final games of the season. If Seattle makes the 2020 playoffs, then it will begin playing no earlier than March 27.
Who is the Thunderbirds' head coach?
Matt O’Dette has served as Seattle’s head coach since July 12, 2017. After a 14-year playing career, O’Dette became the assistant coach of the Stockton Thunder and head coach of the Bakersfield Condors, both from the ECHL. He joined the Thunderbirds organization as an assistant in 2013 and personally worked with Shea Theodore and Ethan Bear, the winners of the 2015 and 2017 WHL Defenseman of the Year awards, respectively.
What is the size of the venue for the Seattle Thunderbirds games?
The ShoWare Center seats up to 7,000 people. Located less than 18 miles from downtown Seattle, Bellevue and Tacoma, the arena features free parking, club seating and accommodations for guests with special needs.Back to Top