“It means a tremendous amount to me that the team has recognized me with the Training Camp trophy,” said Dr. Blue. “It’s my personal recognition of being in hockey for so long.”
“I hope the trophy represents to people who are dedicated to the game, that this region is an outstanding area for the sport of hockey. I know what it means to a young man to compete to be a hockey player and how hard is it. And we see that at T-Birds Training Camp.”
“I have known many wonderful people in the hockey community in my 57 years since I started with the Seattle Totems in 1963. There have been so many wonderful trainers in Seattle. Right now, we have a great trainer and that makes my work a lot easier.”
At 1pm on Saturday, August 24 we will have the Future Showcase, a full length 60-minute game featuring mainly 2003 and 2004 birth year T-Birds prospects. Then at 6pm the annual Blue White Game, consisting of T-Birds prospects and returning veterans, will conclude Training Camp.
In the Doc Blue Cup Final Green went in front 1-0 7:40 into the scrimmage on a goal from Jared Davidson.
White took a 2-1 lead into the intermission on goals from Andrej Kukuca with 18:30 left and Bradley Beals with 2:40 left. Reid Schaefer had the assist on Kukuca’s goal and Kieran Kenny had the assist on Beals’ goal.
Green tied it 2-2 with a penalty shot goal by Carter Yarish with 25 minutes left in the second half.
White took the lead on a goal by Jacob Lize with 19 minutes left. Christopher Otterson had an assist on the goal.
Brendan Williamson made it a two-goal lead with 5:15 left on an assist from Kevin Korchinski.
Green pulled the goalie and Kukuca added an empty-net goal for the final goal.
Third Place Game Team Blue beat Team Grey 7-2 in the third place game of the Doc Blue Cup Friday morning.
Sam Popowich gave Blue a 1-0 lead with 18:20 left in the first half of the scrimmage. Tyson Perkins assisted on the goal.
Blue extended the lead to 2-0 on a goal from Owen Williams. Tyson Shaw passed the puck from the right point to Williams at the left point. Williams scored on a wrist shot.
Brecon Wood put back a rebound with 5:43 left in the first half to make it a 3-0 Blue lead. Breck McKinley took a shot from the center point that came off the goalie’s right pad to Wood to the left of the net.
Grey got on the board with 4:30 left in the first half. Owen Kim sent the puck low to the right corner to Baron Thompson. Thompson centered it to Jaxan Kaluski who snapped the puck past the goalie.
Michael Horon scored on a breakaway to put Blue up 4-1.
Thompson scored off an assist from Kaluski with 13 seconds left to get Grey’s second goal of the scrimmage.
Blue scored three goals in the second half of the scrimmage to get the 7-2 win.
Wood scored with 18:50 minutes left, Simon Rokhlin scored with 4:15 left and Horon scored on a late penalty shot.
Team White defeated Team Blue 5-4 in the last scrimmage Thursday evening to secure a spot in the Doc Blue Cup Championship game.
Blue jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a goal from Simon Rokhlin. Conner Roulette controlled the puck along the left boards drawing defenders towards him. Roulette found Rokhlin all alone in front of the White goalie. Rokhlin beat the goalie through the legs.
White tied scrimmage 1-1 on a goal from Reid Schaefer. Brendan Williamson had the puck in the left corner and found Schaefer in front of the net. Matthew Rempe had the second assist on the goal.
White took a 2-1 lead on a goal by Andrej Kukuca with 24 minutes left in the second half of the scrimmage. Graeme Bryks had an assist on the goal.
Reid Schaefer extended the White lead to two goals with nine minutes left. Bryks had an assist on the goal.
Tate Schofer extended the White lead to three with six minutes left in the scrimmage.
Blue scored two goals 50 seconds apart to cut the White lead to one goal. Lucius Schmidt scored off an assist from Ty Sedivy. Then Liam Cochrane scored off an assist from Andrew Beres.
Blue pulled the goalie for the extra attacker late in the scrimmage but was not able to get the thing goal.
Team Grey came back from a three-goal deficit to beat Team Green 6-5 in the first scrimmage Thursday evening.
Jared Davidson put Green in front 1-0 with a goal 2:48 into the scrimmage. Davidson tipped a Cade McNelly point shot past the White goalie.
Mekai Sanders tied the scrimmage 1-1 with 15:31 left in the half. Sanders took a pass from Lucas Ciona and beat the Green goalie over the glove with a hard wrist shot.
Green took a two-goal lead on two goals from Kai Uchacz.
Lucas Ciona cut the Green lead to one goal early in the second half on an assist from Alex Litster.
Conner Bruggen-Cate scored 12:50 into the second half to give Green the two-goal lead back.
Ryan Chambers put Green in front 5-2 off an assist from Connor Gourley.
Grey started the comeback with 12:55 left when Baron Thompson scored. Thompson put back a rebound of a Jaxan Kaluski shot from the slot.
Kaluski cut the Green lead to one goal a minute after Thompson’s goal.
Sanders tied the game 5-5 with 3:15 left in the scrimmage. Sanders skated down the right wing, around the net and into the left circle. Sanders beat the Green goalie over the glove with a wrist shot.
Grey took the lead with 33 seconds left in the scrimmage. Tyrel Bauer sent the puck down the left boards to Thompson. Thompson skated behind the net and then centered to Kaluski in the slot. Kaluski took a wrist shot and Thompson spun and swept the rebound into the net for the winning goal.
Scrimmage 10 Team White defeated Team Green 3-2 in the second scrimmage Thursday morning.
White went in front 1-0 with 15 minutes left in the scrimmage on a goal by Brendan Williamson.
Green tied it 1-1 a minute later when Kayden Smith put back a rebound from a Vladislav Severin shot.
Jacob Lize took a pass in the low right circle from Reid Schaefer and scored with 22 minutes left in the second half of the scrimmage to give White a 2-1 lead.
Graeme Bryks banged in a rebound from a Luke Bateman shot three minutes after Lize’s goal to make it a 3-1 White lead.
Green cut the lead to one goal when Kai Uchacz scored on a penalty shot.
Matthew Wedman and Payton Mount each had two goals in Scrimmage 9 Wednesday morning to Team Blue to a 7-3 win over Team Grey.
Andrew Beres gave Blue a 1-0 lead with a penalty shot goal early in the first half of scrimmage.
Wedman put back a rebound shortly after Beres goal to give Blue a 2-0 lead.
Grey cut the lead to one goal with 2:20 left in the first half. Winter Wallace skated down the right wing and crossed the puck to Tyrel Bauer who chipped it past the goalie.
With 22 minutes left in the second half Wedman scored his second goal to put Blue in front 3-1.
Grey cut the lead to one goal a second time when Owen Kim scored.
Grey tied the game 3-3 with 9:50 left in the scrimmage on a goal by Mekai Sanders. Lucas Ciona took a shot from right circle that rebounded to Sanders in the left circle. Sanders snapped the puck
past the goalie. Kim had the second assist.
Mount scored with 5:21 left in the scrimmage to put Blue up 4-3 and then scored a second goal to make it 5-3.
Grey pulled their goalie for an extra attacker with under two minutes to go. Brecon Wood and Michael Horon each scored empty-net goals for Blue to make it a 7-3 final.
Team Grey’s Baron Thompson opened and closed the scoring for his team in a 4-2 win over Team White in the final Training Camp scrimmage Wednesday.
Thompson scored early in the first half assisted by Jaxan Kaluski and Winter Wallace.
Tyson Horiachka tied the game 1-1 for White with 20 minutes left in the first half of the scrimmage.
Andrej Kukuca gave Grey a 2-1 lead when he knocked a puck into the net as he was falling down. Graeme Bryks took a shot from the low right circle that rebounded to Kukuca.
Kaluski tied the game 2-2 with 12 minutes left in the first half of the scrimmage.
Kyle Grysiuk gave Grey a 3-2 lead early in the second half of the scrimmage.
Thompson made it a two-goal lead when he banged in a rebound with 13 minutes left in the scrimmage. Kaluski took the initial shot from the center point.
Team Green beat Team Blue 4-3 on a Conner Bruggen-Cate goal with 6.8 seconds left in the scrimmage.
Carter Yarish opened the scoring for Green on a goal assisted by Connor Gourley and Kai Uchacz.
Michael Horon tied the scrimmage 1-1 for Blue with three minutes left in the first half of the scrimmage on a breakaway.
Payton Mount put Blue in front 2-1 with 22 minutes left in the second half. Brecon Wood won a puck battle, skated behind the net and found Mount in the right circle.
Green tied the game 2-2 on a penalty shot goal by Jordan Gustafson.
Mount got Blue the lead back at 3-2 midway through the second half. Matthew Wedman and Owen Williams assisted on Mount’s fourth goal of Training Camp.
Green tied the game 3-3 when Connor Gourley tipped a Koen Mueller wrist shot from the point past the Blue goalie. Ryan Tong had the second assist.
Team Grey and Team Green played to a 3-3 tie in the second scrimmage Wednesday morning.
Kai Uchacz scored on a penalty shot 2:30 into the first half of the scrimmage to put Green in front 1-0.
Winter Wallace answered back with a penalty shot goal of his own with 16 minutes left in the half.
Green jumped in front 2-1 in the second half on a goal from Cade McNelly. Jared Davidson and Carter Yarish had the assists.
Jaxan Kaluski tied the game 2-2 for Grey off assists from Tyrel Bauer and Wallace.
Davidson scored with 10 minutes left in the half to make it a 3-2 Green lead. Keltie Jeri-Leon and Conner Bruggen-Cate had the assists.
Grey came right back a minute later and tied it 3-3 on a goal from Lucas Ciona. Mekai Sanders passed the puck from the right corner to Ciona in front of the net.
Scrimmage 5 Team White and Team Blue skated to a 2-2 tie in the first scrimmage Wednesday.
Team White took a 1-0 lead with 20 minutes left in the first half on a goal by Tate Schofer. Tyson Horiachka and Bradley Beals had the assists.
Schofer made it a 2-0 lead for White 50 seconds into the second half of the scrimmage. Alex Litster had the only assist on Schofer’s second of the game.
Michael Horon scored for Blue to cut the White lead to one. Brecon Wood and Payton Mount had the assists.
Blue tied the game 2-2 on a laser from Mount. Matthew Wedman passed the puck from the left corner to Mount in the left circle. Tyson Perkins had the second assist.
Team Green beat Team White 6-2 in the final scrimmage on Tuesday.
Kai Uchacz put Green in front 1-0 when he scored nine minutes into the first half of the scrimmage.
Andrej Kukuca tied game 1-1 on a penalty shot with 19 minutes left in the first half o the scrimmage.
Jared Davidson put Green in front 2-1 with 15 minutes left in the first half.
Ryan Tong made it a 3-1 Green lead off an assist from Carter Yarish.
White cut the Green lead to one goal with 4:50 left in the first half on a goal from Matthew Rempe. Brendan Williamson had an assist on the goal.
Uchacz scored a second goal with 3:14 left in the first half.
In the second half Green scored two goals to make it a 6-2 game. Jordan Gustafson had the fifth goal and Carter Yarish had the sixth Green goal.
Team Blue beat Team Grey 4-3 in the third scrimmage of Training Camp.
Grey took a 1-0 lead three minutes into the scrimmage on a goal by Owen Kim. Daniel Rosenfeld had the only assist on the goal.
Blue tied the scrimmage 1-1 five minutes later on a goal from Ryan Miley. Conner Roulette fed the puck to Miley.
Brecon Wood scored three minutes into the second half to give Blue a 2-1 lead. Mathew Wedman and Payton Mount had the assists.
Green came right back and tied 2-2 it on a goal from Jaxan Kaluski on an end-to-end rush.
Wood scored a second goal of an assist from Roulette to make it 3-2.
Owen Williams scored for Blue with a minute left to make it 4-2.
Tyrel Bauer scored for Grey with 3 seconds left.
In the second scrimmage of Training Camp Team Blue and Team Green skated to a 4-4 tie.
Conner Roulette opened the scoring for Team Blue off assists from Michael Horon and Sam Popowich.
Green took a 2-1 lead on two goals from Kayden Smith. Smith’s first goal came with 16:43 left in the scrimmage and was assisted by Cade McNelly. Smith’s second goal came with 5:55 left and Ryan Chambers and Spencer had the assists.
Roulette scored with 5:16 left in the first half to tie the scrimmage 2-2. Horon made a nice pass from the left corner to Roulette in front of the net. Popowich had the second assist.
Roulette got the hat trick nine minutes into the second half. Horon and Popowich each had an assist giving them three in the scrimmage.
Keltie Jeri-Leon tied the game 3-3 with 15:11 left in the second half. Blake Irwin passed the puck off the right boards to a streaking Jeri-Leon. Ryan Tong had the second assist.
Payton Mount put Blue in front 4-3 with 13:19 left. Mount got his own rebound and while falling to the ice put the puck in the net.
Blue tied the game 4-4 on a goal by Jared Davidson with under five minutes to go. Chambers passed the puck to Davidson in the left circle to set him up.
Team White shutout Team Grey 5-0 in the first scrimmage of Training Camp.
White took a quick 2-0 lead five minutes into the first half of the scrimmage. Graeme Bryks scored off an assist from Kevin Korchinski and then Andrej Kukuca scored off assists from Jacob Lize and Korchinski.
Christopher Otterson scored midway through the scrimmage, going bar down, off assists from Zach Ashton and Mateo Mrsic.
Kukuca scored with 11 minutes to go in the scrimmage. Matthew Rempe scored on a penalty shot to make it 5-0.
The Thunderbirds will play six exhibition games prior to the start of the 2019-2020 regular season.
The T-Birds start the preseason at the Delta Hotels Preseason Classic in Everett. They will play their first game at the Classic against the Vancouver Giants on Friday, August 30, at 11:30am. Classic play will continue the following day as the T-Birds face the Tri-City Americans on August 31 at 3pm. The Classic ends for the T-Birds on Sunday, September 1, as they play the Everett Silvertips at 7pm.
Preseason play continues for the T-Birds at the Red Lion Hotels’ Preseason Tournament at the Toyota Center in Kennewick. The T-Birds will begin the tournament on Friday, September 6, against the Tri-City Americans at 7:05pm. Tournament play will conclude on Saturday, September 7 with a matchup against the Portland Winterhawks at 3pm.
The T-Birds wrap up preseason play with a home game against the Everett Silvertips on Tuesday, September 10, at 7:05pm at accesso ShoWare Center.
The T-Birds start the 2019-20 Western Hockey League regular season against the Kamloops Blazers on Saturday, September 21, at 6:05pm at accesso ShoWare Center.
T-Birds single game tickets for the 2019-20 regular season will go on sale Wednesday, August 21, at 10am online on the T-Birds website and at the accesso ShoWare Center box office.
Season Tickets for 2019-20 season are currently on sale. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.
2019 TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE
Tuesday, August 20 At accesso ShoWare Center Scrimmage 1: Team White 5, Team Grey 0 Scrimmage 2: Team Blue 4, Team Green 4 Scrimmage 3: Team Blue 4, Team Grey 3 Scrimmage 4: Team Green 6, Team White 2
Wednesday, August 21
At accesso ShoWare Center
Scrimmage 5: Team White 2, Team Blue 2 Scrimmage 6: Team Green 3, Team Grey 3 Scrimmage 7: Team Green 4, Team Blue 3 Scrimmage 8: Team Grey 4, Team White 2
Thursday, August 22
At accesso ShoWare Center
Scrimmage 9: Team Blue 7, Team Grey 3 Scrimmage 10: Team White 3, Team Green 2 Scrimmage 11: Team Grey 6, Team Green 5 Scrimmage 12: Team White 4, Team Blue 3
Friday, August 23
At accesso ShoWare Center
Third Place Game: Team Blue 7, Team Grey 2 Doc Blue Cup Finals: Team White 5, Team Green 2
Saturday, August 24
At accesso ShoWare Center
Future Showcase: 1pm Team Blue vs. Team White: 6pm