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 a regular National Anthem Singer for the Seattle Thunderbirds
How long have you been working for/with the Thunderbirds?
What is your favorite aspect of what it is you do for/with the Thunderbirds?
I love being part of the game night experience especially at ShoWare Center. I think the players, the coaches, operations staff, media team, and the fans set the stage for an exciting night of hockey. I love being able to ‘light the fuse’ before the puck drops.
What is the most challenging aspect of what you do for/with the Thunderbirds?
Sometimes it’s the commute to the rink. The interstate can get pretty thick with traffic on weekday game nights.
What is your favorite Thunderbirds memory?
The 2017 playoff run. Every single home game was thrilling to be in attendance. To have the opportunity to sing on those nights was really something special. I will always cherish those memories.
Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?
I sing each Anthem twice before I step out on to the carpet and into the spotlight.
Are you excited for an NHL team to come to Seattle?
Excited is an understatement. I’m thrilled. I want to sing at the new arena.
What do you enjoy doing when not working for/with the Thunderbirds?
I love playing recreational hockey, lifting kettlebells and coaching personal training clients.
What position do you/would you play if you were to play hockey?
I am a goalie. Through and through. That’s why I wear number 35 on the back of my jersey. Tony Esposito was my inspiration to play between the pipes.
Who are the Thunderbirds biggest rivals?
The Portland Winterhawks, of course. With a runner up rival votes for the Tacoma Rockets. That was pretty heated as well. And the Everett Silvertips. All those opponents bring a lot of energy into the building, be it the old Mercer Arena, Key Arena or here at the Sho.
Where can we find you on social media?
@trainerpaulie on Instagram