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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

Thunderbirds forward Ryan Gropp and the rest of Seattle's squad searching for consistency as team enters February. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Mixed Results For Seattle Over Beginning Half Of Road Trip

Seattle (23-19-3-3) picked up an important victory over Spokane Sunday to claim sole possession of third place in the U.S. division only to surrender a late lead in Kamloops Wednesday. The team travels to Prince George for a pair of weekend games still searching for consistency.

1090 The Fan–01/29/2015

Thunderbirds forward Keegan Kolesar (left) watches his shot slip past Chiefs goaltender Garret Hughson (right) and into the net during Tuesday's shootout. Kolesar's shootout goal as the ninth shooter secured a 5-4 shootout win for Seattle. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Seattle Picks Up Needed Point On Division-Rival Chiefs

Shortly after surrendering three goals and the lead in the second period, the T-Birds responded by out-shooting Spokane 14-3 in the third period to force overtime.

1090 The Fan–01/14/2015

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Young Seattle Defenseman Scores First Career WHL Goal

Khaira, 16, has played in 21 games through the first two months of his debut WHL season. Seattle head coach Steve Konowalchuk has seen the 6-foot-3, 213-pound defender from Surrey, B.C. progress in his first season above the Bantam level.

1090 The Fan–12/01/2014

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 rookie defenseman Sahvan Khaira (7) is knocked over by Chiefs forward Calder Brooks (20) as Lane Pederson (15) watches on. Spokane edged Seattle 2-1 Friday at the ShoWare Center. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Late Seattle Penalties Hand Spokane 2-1 Win

In an even first period where shots on goal were 12 apiece, consecutive tripping penalties called on the T-Birds with under six minutes to play led to a 5-on-3 power play for the Chiefs who quickly capitalized.

1090 The Fan–11/22/2014

Thunderbirds forward Justin Hickman (right) talks to Spokane's Adam Helewka during Friday's 5-3 win over the T-Birds U.S. Division rival. Hickman scored his first two goals and had a game-high four points. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

First Goals Come For Seattle’s Justin Hickman

Seattle’s 20-year-old captain scored two goals and added two assists to lead the team with four points in its 5-3 win over Spokane.

1090 The Fan–10/25/2014

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Seattle Snaps Four-Game Losing Streak With First Home Win Of Season

The Thunderbirds snapped a four-game losing streak Friday night by beating U.S. Division rival Spokane 5-3 in front of 3,454 at the ShoWare Center. A second-period Mathew Barzal goal opened the floodgates for a Seattle team that was struggling to score.

1090 The Fan–10/25/2014

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Seattle’s Allan Thrust Onto Ice One Day After Being Acquired

Allan, 18, was acquired Monday from Medicine Hat in exchange for a fifth-round selection in the 2016 Bantam Draft. In 34 games during his rookie season for Medicine Hat last year, Allan had no points and 24 penalty minutes.

1090 The Fan–10/15/2014

Thunderbirds forward Ryan Gropp (12) is up-ended by the Chiefs Jason Fram (2) in an attempt to score against Spokane Tuesday. Gropp scored in the second period of a 3-2 shootout loss.

T-Birds Lament Poor Calls In Shootout Loss To Spokane

Seattle (4-3-0-1) entered the first game of a two-night home-and-away double-header against Spokane with six defensemen only to fall to three able-bodied defenders late in the first period after Ethan Bear, Turner Ottenbreit and Jared Hauf all went off with separate ailments.

1090 The Fan–10/15/2014

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