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Seattle Thunderbirds minority owner Dean Street dies
Dean Street, a minority owner with the Kent-based Seattle Thunderbirds junior hockey team, died on Tuesday, Oct. 22.
Street, born in 1940, was a minority owner for 11 years, according to a T-Birds media release about his death.
Street joined the T-Birds family in 1997 when his company, Dean Street & Associates, a Bellevue-based realty firm, was a sponsor of the team. He was part of the current ownership group that purchased the team in 2002.
A long time hockey fan and supporter of minor hockey, Street also was a horse racing enthusiast and owned several thoroughbred race horses. He married these two passions in February 2011 when his thoroughbred Stormin Kitty gave birth to a foal sired by 1996 Kentucky Derby winner Grindstone. Street chose to name the foal after the Seattle Thunderbirds mascot Cool Bird.
In March 2011 the T-Birds issued a press release and produced a video feature on the birth of Cool Bird. It is hoped that Cool Bird will race in the 2014 Triple Crown Series.
Street also was a big supporter of the Hockey Challenge getting off the ground and becoming an annual event.
He is survived by two daughters, Jackie Bergstrom and Tressa Groff, two sons Robert Street and Clifford Street and eight grandchildren. A private memorial service will be held for Street in the coming days.