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 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 Head Equipment Manager. So I sharpen skates, repair and order all the equipment, keep the room orderly.
How long have you been working for/with the Thunderbirds?
This is my second year with the team, tenth in hockey.
What is your favorite aspect of what it is you do for/with the Thunderbirds?
The camaraderie is probably my favorite part of what I do. Being a part of a team, knowing that it’s a brotherhood back here makes coming to the rink everyday worth it.
What is the most challenging aspect of what you do for/with the Thunderbirds?
The long hours, long bus rides, being away from family for long periods of time.
What is your favorite Thunderbirds memory?
Since its only my second season I unfortunately don’t have the championship moments. But my favorite memory is last year playing Vancouver in the playoffs and our fans completely taking over their arena. It felt like a home game in Vancouver.
Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?
I used to have a lot of rituals but over the years I have tamed them down. I wear a black sock on my left foot and white sock on my right foot every game. Chew a piece of gum every period until the 14-minute mark and I also say a little prayer during the anthems.
Are you excited for an NHL team to come to Seattle?
Yes, I think it will be very beneficial for hockey in the area. I think it’s just going to grow the game more and get more people to come check out the ‘Birds in Kent.
What do you enjoy doing when not work for/with the Thunderbirds?
If it’s a Sunday, I enjoy watching my Dallas Cowboys with my fiancée and dog. If it’s not football season, we enjoy checking out the different stuff Seattle has to offer, we’re always checking out new places to eat.
What position do you/would you play if you were to play hockey?
Probably a forward. Definitely have a few PIMS to my name.
Who are the Thunderbirds biggest rivals?
Portland or Everett. Fans travel well for those games and always make it a great atmosphere
Where can we find you on social media?
@JorgieLopez on Twitter
@jorgie_lopez on instagram