Ryan Gropp

(Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Center Mathew Barzal Wants To Win

Barzal was selected with the 16th overall selection in the first round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders on Friday.

1090 The Fan–07/02/2015

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Thunderbirds Acquire Forward From Lethbridge

With the exchange of overage players, Seattle remains set at the limit of three. In addition to Watson, the Thunderbirds are expected to return 20-year-old defensemen Jared Hauf and Jerret Smith.

1090 The Fan–05/18/2015

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An Early Look At 2015-16 For Seattle Thunderbirds

Seattle’s first-round playoff exit precipitated a sudden turn of the page to the 2015-16 season. Evan Wardley is one of a quartet of players moving on in their respective hockey careers, while potentially 11 first-year players return for their sophomore seasons with the Thunderbirds.

1090 The Fan–04/18/2015

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Penalties, Poor Start Doom T-Birds In Loss

Through the first three games, Seattle did an effective job of staying out of the penalty box and not handing the offensive juggernaut of Portland unnecessary man-advantages. That was not the case in Game 4.

1090 The Fan–04/03/2015

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T-Birds Take Crucial Game 3

Seattle defenseman Jerret Smith scored twice, including an empty-net goal at 18:34 of the third period, to give the T-Birds a 2-1 series lead.

1090 The Fan–04/01/2015

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

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

Thunderbirds forward Ryan Gropp (left) watches the puck as he attempts to skate past Portland defenseman Layne Viveiros during Saturday's game. Gropp and his linemates Keegan Kolesar and Scott Eansor created numerous scoring opportunities but could not put a shot past goaltender Adin Hill. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Gropp Line Playing Well Despite Lack Of Points

In the 12 games over the month of February, the unit’s scoring production wasn’t consistent with their activity. Not one of the three forwards topped seven points for the month in which they combined for 18 as a group.

1090 The Fan–03/01/2015

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 Demolish Everett In Dominant Shutout Win

Seattle scored four second-period goals en route to a 7-0 skinning of the first-place Silvertips in front of 5,008 at the ShoWare Center. It was the worst shutout loss for Everett since it was beaten 8-0 by Portland January 12, 2013.

1090 The Fan–02/21/2015

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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