Ryan Gropp

Seattle Thunderbirds forward Justin Hickman (9) defends as Royals defenseman Ryan Gagnon (3) skates with the puck in the T-Birds' zone Tuesday. Hickman provided a goal and two assists while transitioning to center in a 5-4 Seattle win. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Hickman Moves To Center For T-Birds

Down their top two centers in Mathew Barzal (lower body) and Alexander True, the latter competing in the 2014 World Junior Challenge for Team Denmark, the Thunderbirds moved captain Justin Hickman to the center position on their top line.

1090 The Fan–12/17/2014

Thunderbirds forward Donovan Neuls (third from left) celebrates with Scott Eansor (8), Nolan Volcan (second from left) and Evan Wardley (27) after his game-tying goal late in the third period. Seattle went on to beat Victoria 5-4 Tuesday night at the ShoWare Center. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Despite Squandering Early Lead, T-Birds Get Important Win Over Victoria To End First Half

Just as thoughts of a disastrous first-half conclusion began forming, Seattle (14-15-2-2) answered with two late goals from Donovan Neuls and Ryan Gropp to earn a 5-4 victory in front of 5,099 at the ShoWare Center.

1090 The Fan–12/17/2014

Thunderbirds defenseman Ethan Bear (25) engages in a physical battle with Portland's Alex Overhardt (17) Saturday. Portland picked up a 2-1 road win in first trip to Seattle this season. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

T-Birds Drop First Of Season To Rival Portland

For Seattle (13-15-2-2), the loss was its first to Portland this season and third in the last four games. The team played a much more energetic, focused and disciplined game after Friday’s 4-0 shutout loss to Tri-City.

1090 The Fan–12/13/2014

Thunderbirds forward Keegan Kolesar (28) skates to the net in a game against Spokane in November. Kolesar has two goals and two assists in his last two games. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Keegan Kolesar Turning Heads For Thunderbirds

After his poor rookie campaign, there was almost zero buzz surrounding the forward from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Two short months have changed that. The word is out, and it would be more surprising now if Kolesar weren’t a high-round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft.

1090 The Fan–12/11/2014

Medicine Hat defenseman Kyle Becker (12) skates with the puck as Thunderbirds forward Scott Eansor (8) does his best to defend Saturday. The Tigers, the second best team in the Eastern Conference, built a 4-1 lead against Seattle and held on for the 5-3 win at the ShoWare Center. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Medicine Hat Deals Thunderbirds 5-3 Nonconference Loss

Despite a late push from Keegan Kolesar, the Eastern Conference squad held on for a 5-3 road victory over Seattle. Zach Fischer provided a goal and an assist to lead Medicine Hat, while points leader Trevor Cox notched his 33rd assist, second-best in the Western Hockey League.

1090 The Fan–12/07/2014

Tri-City goaltender Eric Comrie (far right) looks through defenders Tyler Morrison (5) and Riley Hillis (3) for the puck in the first period of Friday's game. Seattle scored three early goals and held on for a 3-1 win. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Early Goals Help Thunderbirds Cruise Past Americans

Friday’s victory came on the heels of a dominant 4-1 win over Spokane Sunday when the team opened a 2-0 lead. Suddenly, Seattle (12-12-2-2) has won three of its last four after losing five of six.

1090 The Fan–12/06/2014

Thunderbirds forward Ryan Gropp (12) contends for the puck against Tri-City defenseman Riley Hillis (3) Friday. Gropp had a goal and an assist in Seattle's 3-1 win. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Scouts See Good Game From T-Birds’ Gropp

Seattle’s 6-foot-2 leading scorer entered Friday’s contest with 12 goals and 10 assists through 27 games. He now has 13 goals and 11 assists for a six-point advantage over the Thunderbirds’ next leading scorer.

1090 The Fan–12/06/2014

Thunderbirds forward Ryan Gropp (12) whistles a shot on goal as Spokane's Markson Bechtold tries to defend. Gropp had two goals in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Chiefs. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

T-Birds Salvage Weekend With Dominant Win Over Spokane

Starting goaltender Taran Kozun provided 20 saves in his return to the Seattle (11-12-2-2) lineup, while Ryan Gropp scored two power-play goals to lead the T-Birds to a victory which helped salvage a three-game weekend.

1090 The Fan–11/30/2014

Thunderbirds forward Keegan Kolesar (28) skates by Chiefs defenseman Matt Sozanski (21) in Friday's 2-1 loss to Spokane. Kolesar was named to the NHL November Watch List along with teammates Ryan Gropp, Mathew Barzal and Ethan Bear. All four are eligible for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Kolesar, Gropp Among T-Birds Forwards On NHL Watch List

The NHL Central Scouting department released its November Watch List for 2015 Entry Draft eligible prospects who are displaying the skills that may warrant selection. In addition to center Mathew Barzal who was given an “A” grade, Seattle forwards Ryan Gropp and Keegan Kolesar were tagged with “B” grades. T-Birds defenseman Ethan Bear received a “C” grade.

1090 The Fan–11/22/2014

Thunderbirds forward Donovan Neuls (19) battles for the puck against a Red Deer defender in Seattle's most recent home game. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Return Home Looking To Find Consistency

Seattle (9-10-2-1) returns home for six of its next seven games after a 2-4 road swing through the Eastern Conference. The trip started off well enough with a 6-2 win over Prince Albert, only to end with losses in four of the final five games.

11/21/2014

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