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Looking at the 2018-19 Seattle Thunderbirds schedule

Earlier today, the 2018-19 WHL schedule was released. For the first time in 45 years, the league will play a 68-game regular season schedule. This change brings the WHL in line with the Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League who already play such a schedule. But while that’s the big change league-wide, […]

Your best playoff seeding format

There’s been a lot of discussion, this year and in years past, about how the WHL seeds its teams for the playoffs. This year the debate was especially vigorous as the 6 East Division teams all had higher point totals than the #2 team in the Central Division. But because of the format, Saskatoon didn’t […]

Where did they come from? 2017-18 edition

A quick look at how the current Seattle Thunderbirds roster was acquired. A great deal of thanks to Tyler Hunnex and Alan Caldwell whose blogs provided great reference and confirmation of the information below. (more…)

Looking at the 2017-18 Seattle Thunderbirds schedule

Just over a month after the Thunderbirds appearance at the MasterCard Memorial Cup, we are looking forward to the 2017-18 season as the schedule was released earlier today. Seattle will begin their defense of the WHL Championship at home on September 23rd vs Tri-City. Before we get to the full schedule, though, let’s take a […]

MC possibilities

With the loss to Windsor today, the Seattle Thunderbirds at 0-2 are down but not out. Here are the possibilities moving forward: Erie defeats Saint John on Monday. Seattle defeats Saint John on Tuesday. Saint John out, Seattle to semi-final. Erie defeats Saint John on Monday. Saint John defeats Seattle on Tuesday. Seattle out, Saint […]

Race for Western Conference #1 seed

  With just about a month left in the WHL regular season, the #1 seed in the Western Conference has gone from all but certain for Prince George to a 4-team race. As you can see in the above graphic, Everett currently leads with 82 points in 58 games. Next are the Seattle Thunderbirds with […]

Longest win streaks vs opponent

Quick post here. Seattle won their 9th in a row vs Victoria tonight so we thought we would take a look at their longest regular season win streaks by opponent in TBirds history: Brandon Wheat Kings – 3 games 3 times, most recently 10/29/13-10/27/15 Calgary Hitmen – 4 games 11/25/95-11/8/97 Edmonton Oil Kings – 2 […]

Looking at the 2016-17 schedule

With an extended playoff run, it feels like the season just ended. And yet, here we are with an Import Draft player picked, TBirds already off to NHL development camps and next seasons schedule already released. It’s starting to feel like there really is no off-season anymore. Let’s take a bit of a closer look […]

Double hat tricks

From guest contributor Jon Whiting, here are the double hat tricks for one team that have occurred over the last 10 years in the WHL. All players listed scored 3 goals each unless specified. 3/1/16 – Seattle Ryan Gropp, Mathew Barzal 10/18/14 – Vancouver Alec Baer, Jackson Houck 2/23/14 – Spokane Mitch Holmberg, Dominic Zwerger […]

Examining WHL broadcasts on Root Sports

At this time no. The #WHL and Root Sports don’t have a deal this season. Disappointing. — Ian Furness (@IanFurnessSea) January 1, 2016 Update: This post was originally published on December 20th, 2014. As mentioned by Ian Furness on Twitter on December 31, 2015, the agreement between the WHL and Root Sports Northwest has not […]