|League:||Western Hockey League|
|Home Arena:||ShoWare Center|
|Colors:||Navy blue, green and silver|
|Head Coach:||Rob Sumner|
|General Manager:||Russ Farwell|
The Seattle Thunderbirds are a junior ice hockey team based in Seattle, Washington. They are part of the U.S. Division of the Western Hockey League, and play in the ShoWare Center. Several National Hockey League players started with the Thunderbirds, most notably Petr Nedved, Chris Osgood, and Patrick Marleau.
The team is coached by Rob Sumner and the general manager is Russ Farwell. Farwell is well known for acquiring Eric Lindros from the Quebec Nordiques during his tenure as the GM for the Philadelphia Flyers.
In 1977 the team moved to Seattle and was renamed the Seattle Breakers. The Breakers played in the Seattle Center Ice Arena, known to most local fans as the Mercer Street Arena, which had a seating capacity of 4,139. Through eight seasons, the Breakers finished with a record of 225-319-32 and playoff record of 11-21, although they twice played in the West Division Finals.
After the 1984-1985 season, the Breakers were sold to new owners and renamed the Seattle Thunderbirds.
The 1986-1987 season saw the addition of Glen Goodall, who would remain with the team through 1990. Goodall would go on to set the Western Hockey League career records for most games (399), goals (262), assists (311) and points (573). He is still the leader in games played and goals. His jersey, number 10, is the only one to be retired by the Thunderbirds.
The 1989-1990 season was the best regular season in Thunderbird history, and arguably the greatest team the franchise has ever iced. Seattle finished the season at 52-17-3, which included a 43-9 record in their final 52 games and the #1 ranking in the final Canadian Hockey League Regular Season Top Ten poll. The team finished 33-2-1 at home tying a WHL record for most home wins. Goodall won the Most Valuable Player award finishing with 76 goals and 87 assists for 163 points, and Petr Nedved won Rookie of the Year. Seattle placed 3 scorers in the top 6 in the league Glen Goodall 2nd with 163 points, Victor Gervais 3rd with 160 points and Petr Nedved 6th with 145 points. Peter Kasowski came over in a trade from Swift Current and finished 13th with 129 points. Goaltender Danny Lorenz finished his career with a WHL record most career saves and minutes played. The team was so popular that they began to play home games in the Seattle Center Coliseum, which could seat over 12,000 for hockey and was frequently sold out. The Thunderbirds defeated the Tri-City Americans 5 games to 2 in the division semifinals, before losing to the eventual Western Hockey League Champion Kamloops Blazers 5 games to 1 in the division finals.
The 1996-1997 team, led by Patrick Marleau, finished the season with a record of 41-27-4. They won the Western Conference by beating the Prince George Cougars 4 games to 2. Seattle was beaten by Lethbridge 4 games to 0 in the WHL championship series.
The 2002-2003 season saw the team advance to the conference finals on the back of Brooks Laich, who was named the Western Conference MVP with 41 goals and 94 points. After convincing wins in the early rounds of the playoffs, the Thunderbirds lost to the Kelowna Rockets four games to one.
The Thunderbirds originally played in the Mercer Street Arena before moving to the Seattle Center Coliseum (later renamed the Key Arena). Unfortunately, the Key Arena was ill-suited for hockey, as the sight lines were designed for basketball and the ice surface was so far off center that the scoreboard hung over the Thunderbirds' offensive zone instead of center ice. In 2009, the team moved from the Key Arena in Seattle to the newly built Showare Center, 30 miles south in Kent, Washington, where they became the anchor tenant.
The team's logo depicts a Native American carving of a thunderbird with the word "Seattle" etched into it, framed by two hockey sticks.
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties OTL = Overtime losses Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
|1977–78||72||32||28||12||-||359||316||76||4th West||Out of playoffs|
|1978–79||72||21||40||11||-||299||334||53||4th West||Out of playoffs|
|1979–80||72||29||41||2||-||297||364||60||3rd West||Lost West Division final|
|1980–81||72||26||46||0||-||318||393||52||3rd West||Lost West Division semi-final|
|1981–82||72||36||34||2||-||339||310||74||3rd West||Lost West Division final|
|1982–83||72||24||47||1||-||319||418||49||4th West||Lost West Division semi-final|
|1983–84||72||32||39||1||-||350||379||65||4th West||Lost West Division semi-final|
|1984–85||72||25||44||3||-||320||416||53||5th West||Out of playoffs|
|1985–86||72||27||43||2||-||373||413||56||4th West||Lost West Division semi-final|
|1986–87||72||21||47||4||-||328||430||46||5th West||Out of playoffs|
|1987–88||72||25||46||2||-||313||436||52||5th West||Out of playoffs|
|1988–89||72||33||35||4||-||315||276||70||5th West||Out of playoffs|
|1989–90||72||52||17||3||-||444||295||107||2nd West||Lost West Division final|
|1990–91||72||42||26||4||-||319||317||88||3rd West||Lost West Division semi-final|
|1991–92||72||33||34||5||-||292||285||71||4th West||Lost West Division final|
|1992–93||72||31||38||3||-||234||292||65||4th West||Lost West Division quarter-final|
|1993–94||72||32||37||3||-||283||312||67||4th West||Lost West Division semi-final|
|1994–95||72||42||28||2||-||319||282||83||3rd West||Eliminated in round-robin|
|1995–96||72||29||36||7||-||255||281||65||5th West||Lost West Division quarter-final|
|1996–97||72||41||27||4||-||311||249||86||2nd West||Lost final|
|1997–98||72||31||35||6||-||286||278||68||6th West||Lost West Division quarter-final|
|1998–99||72||37||24||11||-||279||236||85||3rd West||Lost West Division semi-final|
|1999–00||72||34||30||8||3||250||221||80||3rd West||Lost West Division semi-final|
|2000–01||72||30||33||8||1||262||299||69||6th West||Lost West Division semi-final|
|2001–02||72||21||40||6||5||235||313||53||4th U. S.||Lost Western Conference semi-final|
|2002–03||72||44||22||3||3||280||224||94||1st U. S.||Lost Western Conference final|
|2003–04||72||24||31||8||9||192||198||65||5th U. S.||Out of playoffs|
|2004–05||72||43||24||2||3||204||144||91||1st U. S.||Lost Western Conference semi-final|
|2005–06||72||35||31||1||5||186||211||76||2nd U. S.||Lost Western Conference quarter-final|
|2006–07||72||37||21||3||11||209||186||88||3rd U. S.||Lost Western Conference semi-final|
|2007–08||72||42||23||5||2||241||179||91||3rd U. S.||Lost Western Conference semi-final|
|2008–09||72||35||32||1||4||222||234||75||3rd U. S.||Lost Western Conference quarter-final|
|Team records for a single season|
|Most goals for||444||1989–90|
|Least goals for||186||2005–06|
|Least goals against||144||2004–05|
|Most goals against||436||1987–88|
|Individual player records for a single season|
|Most goals||Glen Goodall||76||1989–90|
|Most assists||Victor Gervais||96||1989–90|
|Most points||Glen Goodall||163||1989–90|
|Most points (rookie)||Petr Nedved||145||1989–90|
|Most points (defenseman)||Craig Channell||88||1981–82|
|Most penalty minutes||Mitch Wilson||436||1981–82|
|Most shutouts (goalie)||Bryan Bridges||13||2004–05|
|Best GAA (goalie)||Bryan Bridges||1.79||2004–05|
|Goalies = minimum 1500 minutes played|
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