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 am the Goaltender Coach
How long have you been working for/with the Thunderbirds?
This is my seventh season.
What is your favorite aspect of what it is you do for/with the Thunderbirds?
I enjoy being a member of the staff, working alongside coaches Matt, Castan, Kyle and GM Bil La Forge. The knowledge I have learned from Russ Farwell has helped me so much in my coaching career. The biggest reward of coaching for me is, seeing the goalies have success and watching them develop and move on. I keep in contact with almost all of the former Thunderbird goalies to this day.
What is the most challenging aspect of what you do for/with the Thunderbirds?
The most challenging aspect has been managing the goalies through the ups and downs. Goaltending is such a mental position and impossible to play without having confidence and belief that they are capable of making the saves necessary for the team to succeed.
What is your favorite Thunderbirds memory?
Winning the 2017 WHL Championship.
Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?
I try not to be superstitious as it’s in the goalie’s hands once the puck drops but I do stick to a routine.
Are you excited for an NHL team to come to Seattle?
Very excited for an NHL team to be coming to Seattle. We have the best fans in the WHL and believe that will carry over to the NHL.
What do you enjoy doing when not working for/with the Thunderbirds?
I spend the majority of my time with my family and being one of the worst GMs in fantasy football and baseball.
What position do you/would you play if you were to play hockey?
Who are the Thunderbirds biggest rivals?
Portland and Everett
Where can we find you on social media?
@Igordo34 on Twitter