The Thunderbirds’ Sami Moilanen. COURTESY, Brian Liesse

The Thunderbirds’ Sami Moilanen. COURTESY, Brian Liesse

’Birds back on the ice; training camp opens Aug. 22

Scrimmages, Blue-White game open to the public

  • Thursday, August 16, 2018 2:11pm
  • Sports

The Seattle Thunderbirds open training camp on Wednesday, Aug. 22, with four scrimmages at the accesso ShoWare Center, 625 W. James St.

In scrimmages between players born in 2002 and 2003, Team Blue plays Team Grey at 9 a.m. and Team White plays Team Green at 10:45 a.m. Later, Team Blue plays Team White at 4:30 p.m. and Team Green plays Team Grey at 6:15 p.m.

Scrimmages continue the next day at the same hours. The evening session will feature a third- vs. fourth-place scrimmage at 4:30, and a first- vs. second-place scrimmage at 6:15.

Scrimmages on Friday, Aug. 24, will include all players, with sessions set for 3, 4 and 5 p.m. A 9 a.m. scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 25, involves Team Blue, Team White and Team Grey.

On Sunday, Aug. 26, the last day of training camp will feature a 60-minute, three-period game, with teams wearing white and blue game jerseys. Face-off is 5:30 p.m.

All scrimmages and the Blue-White game are open to the public free of charge. Fans should enter the arena from the east side of the building.

Tune-ups

The Thunderbirds will play seven exhibition games prior to the start of the Western Hockey League regular season.

The T-Birds begin the preseason at the Delta Hotels’ Preseason Classic in Everett – playing the Vancouver Giants at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31, the Everett Silvertips at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, and the Spokane Chiefs at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2.

Preseason play continues at the Toyota Center in Kennewick, where the T-Birds take on the Chiefs at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, and face the Kootenay Ice at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7.

The T-Birds wrap up preseason play with back-to-back games against the Everett Silvertips – on home ice at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, and at the Angel of the Winds Arena for a 7:05 p.m. meeting on Saturday, Sept. 15.

Tickets

Seattle opens the regular season against the Portland Winterhawks at 6:05 p.m, Saturday, Sept. 22 at the ShoWare Center.

Season tickets may be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825. Single-game tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, online and at the ShoWare box office.

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