Seattle Thunderbirds vs. Portland Winterhawks @ ShoWare Center

Break out the hamster balls 🏒

📸: Seattle Thunderbirds 2022-23 Season Recap

📆 Friday, January 12th
🎟 $32+
📍 Accesso ShoWare Center: 625 W James St, Kent

Recently, I admitted to the person sitting next to me on a plane that I’d never been to a hockey game before. They went off, and in the convo I learned a lot about our junior league hockey team, the Seattle Thunderbirds, which actually started its life in the ’70s in Vancouver, BC, but is now based in Kent. Last season, the Thunderbirds, one of 22 teams that make up the Western Hockey League, won the club playoffs—but they lost the Memorial Cup Championship, meaning they are poised for a comeback. These are all facts I learned, and now it’s my responsibility to share them with you. 

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If what I wrote above isn’t enough reason to see a Thunderbirds game, consider that you might get to see the next National Hockey League star in the making. Last year, six players from the team were picked in the draft. Plus, the Thunderbirds play their home games at Kent’s ShoWare Center, a venue that has comfy seats, plenty of free parking, and is accessible by public transportation. Oh, and expect chants, and know that the intermission games might be more entertaining than the actual game. Hamster balls, anyone?? 

@seattlethunderbirds Can hampster balls be a sport? #hockey #hockeytiktoks #whl #seattle #thunderbirds #playoffhockey #intermission ♬ Sunroof – Nicky Youre & dazy

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Patheresa Wells

Patheresa Wells is a Black/Persian, Pansexual, Polyamorous Poet (so many Ps) and writer living in Seatac. An aspiring comic, you can catch her cracking jokes at open mics around the area. In her free time, she likes to imagine what she’d do with free time and feed her backyard crows cuz they’re silly. Follow her on Twitter @PatheresaWells.