Shea Theodore (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Under Investigation, Hockey League Seeks Labor Law Exemption

Officials from the state’s WHL teams and the league office said the Seattle Thunderbirds, Spokane Chiefs, Tri-City Americans and Everett Silvertips might have to leave or shut down if state law isn’t changed to consider amateur athletes non-employees

1090 The Fan–02/18/2015

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Seattle Thunderbirds Coach’s Show 2-17-2015

Bill Swartz sits down with Seattle Thunderbirds Head Coach Steve Konowalchuk and forward Keegan Kolesar to discuss this weeks upcoming games.

1090 The Fan–02/17/2015

Seattle goaltender Taran Kozun (far left) watches the puck go into the corner during the first period of Sunday's game. In the foreground T-Birds forward Calvin Spencer (center) competes with Royals forward Jack Walker (right). Walker scored three goals and added an assist in Victoria's 6-3 win. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Notebook: Taran Kozun Looking Ahead

Kozun yielded three goals in 15:49 of the first period before being pulled for backup Logan Flodell with Seattle in a 3-0 hole. He was caught out of position on the Royals’ first two goals before being beat by a great pass on the third goal.

1090 The Fan–02/16/2015

Thunderbirds defenseman Turner Ottenbreit (bottom) is dropped to the ice by Victoria forward Brandon Fushimi during Sunday's game. Fushimi and the Royals opened a 3-0 lead after one period in coasting to a 6-3 win over Seattle. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Victoria Hands “Loose” T-Birds 6-3 Loss

A team head coach Steve Konowalchuk described as “pretty loose” in the hours leading up to the 5 p.m. start, was trounced by Victoria (32-21-3-1) over the first 20 minutes en route to a 6-3 loss in front of 4,368 at the ShoWare Center. Not the way Seattle (29-21-3-4) wanted to begin its six-game homestand.

1090 The Fan–02/15/2015

Thunderbirds manage late goal to force overtime against Everett. This photo shows team in an early-season game with Kelowna. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Late Rally Carries Thunderbirds To Shootout Victory In Everett

Mathew Barzal tied the game 2-2 with 25 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime with division-leading Everett. After a scoreless overtime, Donovan Neuls and Barzal provided shootout goals to give Seattle an important two points Saturday.

1090 The Fan–02/14/2015

Rookie goaltender Logan Flodell makes a save against Vancouver Monday night. Flodell is 1-1 with a 3.50 goals against average in two starts since rejoining team late January. (Photo by Vancouver Giants, WHL)

T-Birds Notebook: Where One Dream Ends, Another Begins

In 13 games with the Hawks, Flodell was 8-4 with a .901 save percentage and 2.44 goals against average. Mumaugh finished his hockey career with a 18-21-4-4 record over three seasons with Seattle. He had a career save percentage of .887 and 3.67 goals against average.

1090 The Fan–02/11/2015

Thunderbirds forward Ryan Gropp (left) forces a turnover in the neutral zone and blows by Rockets defender Cole Martin in the third period Tuesday. Gropp had an assist on Seattle's tying goal which enabled the team to edge Kelowna 2-1 at the ShoWare Center. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Third-Period Rally Sends Seattle Past League-Best Kelowna

Mathew Barzal had a goal and an assist to lead Seattle (28-20-3-3) which trailed 1-0 midway through the third period. Goaltender Taran Kozun saved 32 of 33 shots against the second-best offense in the Western Hockey League, a team that entered with 236 goals.

1090 The Fan–02/11/2015

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Seattle Thunderbirds Coach’s Show 2-10-2015

Thunderbirds play by play announcer Thom Beuning sits down with Seattle Thunderbirds Head Coach Steve Konowalchuk and Assistant Coach Tyler Alos to discuss this weeks upcoming games.

1090 The Fan–02/10/2015

Thunderbirds goaltender Taran Kozun (center) readies for a shot from a Giants forward Saturday night. Kozun stopped 38 shots in securing a 3-0 shutout win for Seattle. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Taran Kozun Shuts Out Vancouver Lifting Seattle To Fourth Consecutive Win

Kozun extended the T-Birds’ winning streak to four games with 38 saves to earn his third shutout. Mathew Barzal had a goal and an assist to lead Seattle’s offense.

1090 The Fan–02/08/2015

Thunderbirds defenseman Shea Theodore (center) became the franchise's leading scorer among defensemen with two assists in Friday's win over Portland. Theodore now has 188 career points, one better than Craig Channell, a Seattle Breaker from 1979-82. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Theodore Passes Channell On All-Time List

Shea Theodore passed former defenseman Craig Channell, a Seattle Breaker from 1979-82, with two assists in a 6-3 victory Friday night against the Portland Winterhawks.

1090 The Fan–02/07/2015

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Thunderbirds center Scott Eansor (right) checks Everett forward Dawson Leedahl into the glass during Friday's game. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds And Silvertips Renew Rivalry At ShoWare Center

In the first game of a two-night doubleheader with the first-place Silvertips, Seattle held on for a 3-2 shootout victory. Forward Roberts Lipsbergs had two goals and goaltender Taran Kozun stopped 21 shots in regulation and overtime and another seven shootout attempts.

Winterhawks forward Nic Petan (right) and a Thunderbirds player prepare for the face-off draw during Saturday's contest between rivals. Portland won 5-2 at the ShoWare Center. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds And Winterhawks Divisional Showdown Saturday

A hat trick by star forward Oliver Bjorkstrand carried Portland past the Thunderbirds for the third time in the last four matchups between the two squads. The loss put Seattle nine points behind their division rival for second place, a spot that guarantees home-ice advantage in the first round of the WHL playoffs.

Thunderbirds forwards Nolan Volcan (left) and Calvin Spencer (right) deliver a sandwiching blow to a Hitmen skater during Tuesday's game. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Calgary And Seattle Battle On Two-For Tuesday

Calgary’s Jake Virtanen had a goal and an assist while propelling the Hitmen past Seattle with three unanswered goals Tuesday. The Thunderbirds fell to 2-2 on their current six-game homestand with the 3-2 defeat.

The Seattle Thunderbirds celebrate with goaltender Taran Kozun (far left) after a 7-0 shutout victory over Everett Saturday. Ryan Gropp (center) had a goal and an assist while Kozun stopped 15 shots. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Climbing After Victorious Weekend

Entering the weekend trailing first-place Everett by 11 points, the third-place Thunderbirds picked up three points with wins over Lethbridge and the Silvertips Friday and Saturday at the ShoWare Center. Head coach Steve Konowalchuk has his team peaking at the right time with the playoffs approaching.

Thunderbirds defenseman Evan Wardley (left) scuffles with Royals assistant captain Austin Carroll Sunday. Carroll had a goal and two assists in Victoria's 6-3 win.  (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Seattle Handed Disappointing 6-3 Loss By Royals

Victoria jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period against a lackluster Seattle squad Sunday. Goaltender Taran Kozun was later lifted, but the damage had been done.

Rockets defenseman Madison Bowey (left) rifles a shot on Seattle's goal as Nolan Volcan (center) attempts to block and Taran Kozun defends the T-Birds' net. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Rally Past Kelowna Tuesday

Seattle (28-20-3-3) overcame six penalties and a late deficit to upset Kelowna, the Western Hockey League’s best team, Tuesday at the ShoWare Center. Defenseman Jerret Smith scored the game-winning goal 16:26 into the third period.

Thunderbirds forward Cory Millette (center) is sandwiched by Giants defensemen Mason Geertsen (right) and Dmitry Osipov (center) as he crashed the Vancouver goal during the second period Saturday. Millette scored Seattle's first goal in the 3-0 win. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Kozun, Barzal Lead Thunderbirds Past Vancouver Saturday

Seattle won its fourth consecutive game in a 3-0 shutout of Vancouver Saturday behind 38 saves by goaltender Taran Kozun and two points by star center Mathew Barzal. The team has won five of its last six games and appears to be playing its best hockey as the season enters the final weeks.

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