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Meet The Thunderbirds Family: Avery Westmark

Brian Liesse

Team photographer Brian Liesse is introducing T-Birds fans to those connected to the team whose contributions might not be readily visible. We are excited about this project because we get to highlight those that make T-Bird hockey possible through their hard work and dedication to the team and the sport of hockey. We look forward to introducing you to T-Birds staff, accesso ShoWare Center staff, Booster Club members, Game Night Staff, Media, and others who help us celebrate and promote the team and the sport in the Pacific Northwest. Each person highlighted has answered a questionnaire about what they do with the team or how they are connected to the team,and some personal highlights. Brian took the photos of each person in their T-Bird environment.

What do you do for/with the Thunderbirds?

I’m the team’s videographer. That basically means if you’re looking at Seattle Thunderbirds content that moves, I made it. I also work in the A/V department for the building and most nights I’m on replay.

How long have you been working for/with the Thunderbirds?

I started working with the Thunderbirds in November of 2013. So, I’ve been around for over 6 years now.

What is your favorite aspect of what it is you do for/with the Thunderbirds?

I love having a part in creating an atmosphere that helps the team win.

What is the most challenging aspect of what you do for/with the Thunderbirds?

Every game has a lot of content that needs to be made. Whether it’s for social, in-game, or for our JOEtv broadcasts. When we start having a lot of games within a short time span it can get a little busy but I think it’s worth it in the end to keep things as fresh as possible for the fans.

What is your favorite Thunderbirds memory?

April 27, 2016 Matthew Wedman’s OT goal against Kelowna. I actually couldn’t be at that game. So, I was watching the stream, and I remember as soon as he was on the breakaway thinking, “That’s game.” Being able to put that into the video to announce that he would be captain while he was with the team this year was awesome.

Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?

I’m not a superstitious guy, and I’m way too busy on game days to even think about adding something like that to my to-do list. On my way in, I usually pick up a chicken sandwich if that counts.

Are you excited for an NHL team to come to Seattle?

I’ve been waiting for an NHL team I could call my own since I was a really little kid. Their first game is going to be a very special day for me.

What do you enjoy doing when not working for/with the Thunderbirds?

My wife and I just bought a house so most of my free time lately has been going into taking care of it. Outside of that I like to play video games, go on walks, take pictures, and watch baseball or hockey.

What position do you/would you play if you were to play hockey?

When we would play roller hockey growing up, I usually played defense, but I couldn’t (still can’t) skate backwards.

 Who are the Thunderbirds biggest rivals?

There are the obvious answers, but I feel like a really underrated match up has been with the Ams. Those are some of my favorite games to see.

Where can we find you on social media?

On Twitter @averywestmark

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