KENT, January 7, 2021 — The Seattle Thunderbirds are proud to have 11 alumni at NHL Training Camps for the 2020-21 NHL Regular Season.
Five forwards, five defenseman, and one goalie comprise the 11 former T-Birds at Training Camps. All NHL teams have training camps underway as they prepare for the start of the NHL season on January 13.
North: Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg West: Anaheim, Arizona, Colorado, Los Angeles, Minnesota, St. Louis, San Jose, Vegas Central: Carolina, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Florida, Nashville, Tampa Bay East: Boston, Buffalo, New Jersey, NY Islanders, NY Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington
The 11 players and their T-Birds history is highlighted below.
Mathew Barzal, C, New York Islanders– Barzal played four seasons with the T-Birds from 2013 to 2017. In 202 career regular season games as a T-Bird Barzal had 63 goals and 215 assists for 278 points. Barzal is third in T-Birds history in career assists with 215 behind Glen Goodall (290) and Victor Gervais (237). Barzal is sixth in T-Birds history in career points. Barzal is first in T-Birds history in career playoff points with 17 goals and 48 assists for 65 points in 49 games. He was the WHL Playoff MVP as the T-Birds won the 2017 WHL Championship. Barzal was a two-time WHL Western Conference All-Star and was the 2016-17 WHL Western Conference Player of the Year. He was originally the number 1 overall selection in the 2012 Bantam Draft. He was a team co-captain with Scott Eansor during the 2016-17 season. Barzal was selected by the New York Islanders with the 16th overall selection in the 2015 NHL Draft. He has played 234 games over four seasons with the Islanders and has 59 goals and 128 assists for 207 points. He was named the NHL Rookie of the Year for the 2017-18 season.
Landon Bow, G, Dallas Stars – Bow played 23 games in the 2015-16 season for the T-Birds and had a 16-6-0-0 regular season record with five shutouts, a .938 save percentage and 1.76 goals against average. The T-Birds acquired Bow from the Swift Current Broncos at the trade deadline in 2016. Bow backstopped the T-Birds to the 2016 WHL Final with a 13-5 record and 1.96 goals against average and .927 save percentage. He signed a contract with the Texas Stars of the AHL on June 1, 2016 and then a two-year entry-level contract with the Dallas Stars on March 17, 2017. Bow has appeared in two games with the Dallas Stars and has a 1-0-0-0 record with a 1.03 goals against average and .947 save percentage.
Brenden Dillon, D, Washington Capitals – Dillon played four seasons with the T-Birds from 2007 to 2011. He was the team captain in his final season as a T-Bird. Dillon appeared in 280 games as a T-Bird and had 94 points on 11 goals and 83 assists with 362 penalty minutes. Dillon was not selected in the WHL Bantam Draft or the NHL Draft. But after a standout 20-year old season where he had eight goals and 51 assists for 59 points, he signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Dallas Stars. Dillon has played 598 games in the NHL with the Stars, San Jose Sharks, and Washington Capitals and has 22 goals and 92 assists for 114 points with 574 penalty minutes. Dillon joined the Sharks in 2014-15 season in a trade from the Stars and joined the Capitals at the trade deadline last season.
Thomas Hickey, D, New York Islanders – Hickey played four seasons from 2005 to 2009 with the T-Birds. He was the team captain in his final season. In 262 career games he had 39 goals and 138 assists for 177 points. He won back-to-back gold medals with the Team Canada at the 2008 and 2009 World Junior Championship and was the captain of the 2009 team. Hickey was selected by the Los Angeles Kings with the fourth overall selection in the 2007 NHL Draft. Hickey was claimed by the New York Islanders on waivers in 2013. He has played 449 games with the Islanders over seven seasons and has 22 goals and 93 assists for 115 points.
Nate Thompson, C, Winnipeg Jets – Thompson played four seasons with the T-Birds from 2001 to 2005. He played 253 careers games for the T-Birds and had 55 goals and 88 assists for 143 points. Thompson was selected in the sixth round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins. Thompson has played 16 seasons with eight NHL teams (Boston Bruins, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning, Anaheim Ducks, Ottawa Senators, Los Angeles Kings, Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers). He signed with the Winnipeg Jets, his ninth NHL team, on October 10, 2020. He has played 767 career NHL games and has 62 goals and 94 assists for 156 points. Thompson joined the 31 Thoughts podcast with Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek on May 21, 2020 and talked about his long NHL career.