Anthony Dion

University of Washington graduate Anthony Dion has covered the Seattle Thunderbirds for 1090 The Fan since the beginning of the 2013 season. You can follow him on twitter @anthonydion03.

Thunderbirds defenseman Jared Hauf (left) defends Portland's Evan Weigner (right) during Saturday's regular-season finale. Portland and Seattle face off in the first round of the WHL playoffs beginning Saturday. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Seattle Versus Portland: A First-Round Preview

(1090 The Fan) — The Seattle-Portland rivalry is one that spans player tenures, coaches and even sports in addition to its two states and 170 miles along Interstate-5. After 12 more regular-season contests in 2014-15, […]

1090 The Fan–03/25/2015

Thunderbirds goaltender Taran Kozun (right) took home the team's Most Valuable Player Award Saturday after a season in which he posted a 2.41 goals against average in 60 games. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Kozun Earns MVP At Thunderbirds Annual Year-End Awards Ceremony

The biggest award, though, went to overage goaltender Taran Kozun. Kozun, 20, was named the team’s Most Valuable Player after a season in which he finished with a 2.41 goals against average.

1090 The Fan–03/23/2015

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Louisville, Gonzaga Head To Sweet Sixteen

Gonzaga heads to its sixth Sweet Sixteen in program history where it will meet No. 11-seed UCLA in the South region on Friday in Houston, Texas.

1090 The Fan–03/22/2015

Thunderbirds forward Ryan Gropp (right) shoots against Portland goaltender Adin Hill (left) during the second period of Saturday's game. Gropp scored two goals, including here, in Seattle's 6-3 win. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Gropp Continues Hot Streak As Seattle Drops Portland

Seattle completed its regular-season series with the Winterhawks with a superior 7-4-1-0 record over their bitter Interstate-5 rival. The series was really a tale of two halves with the T-Birds winning five of the first six and Portland taking four of the final six.

1090 The Fan–03/22/2015

Kevin Pangos (William Mancebo/Getty Images)

Top Seeds Led By No. 2 Gonzaga Prevail Friday At KeyArena

Kyle Wiltjer scored a game-high 23 points to go with eight rebounds and senior guard Kevin Pangos had 18 points and five assists to lead the Bulldogs (33-2) into the third round where they will face Iowa Sunday.

1090 The Fan–03/20/2015

Thunderbirds center Scott Eansor (right) presses Silvertips forward Dawson Leedahl into the glass last week. Eansor scored four points in Seattle's 7-3 win over Tri-City Tuesday. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Notebook: Alexander True Returns, Eansor-Line Scores

True, 17, played sparingly Tuesday in his first game action since suffering a wrist fracture January 13 against Spokane.

1090 The Fan–03/18/2015

Seattle forward Roberts Lipsbergs celebrates the first of his two third-period goals Tuesday. The goal put the Thunderbirds in front of Tri-City 4-3 and the team never trailed again. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Eansor’s Hat Trick Carries Seattle Over Tri-City

Eansor capped a four-goal third period for Seattle (35-25-4-5) with the easiest goal of the bunch. His empty-net goal tallied his first career Western Hockey League hat trick in an eventual 7-3 victory over their U.S. division-rival in front of 6,084 at the ShoWare Center.

1090 The Fan–03/18/2015

Thunderbirds defenseman Jerret Smith (right) fires a shot past Everett goaltender Carter Hart (left) during Friday's shootout. Smith's goal gave Seattle a 3-2 win after goalie Taran Kozun stopped Cole MacDonald. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Smith Lifts Seattle Over Silvertips in Shootout

Roberts Lipsbergs scored both regulation goals for the Thunderbirds (34-24-4-5) before Jerret Smith netted the decisive goal in the shootout.

1090 The Fan–03/14/2015

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Cyler Miles Takes Voluntary Leave Of Absence From Huskies

The leave of absence means the junior quarterback will miss the entirety of spring practice. Miles was expected to be part of an ardent four-man competition for the starting quarterback job. Petersen opened the starting job up after a 8-6 2014 season.

1090 The Fan–03/13/2015

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Husky Combine Offers Prelude To Spring Practice

Junior running back Dwayne Washington clocked the team’s fastest time in the 40-yard dash at 4.42, impressive for the 6-foot-2, 219-pound tailback.

1090 The Fan–03/10/2015

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