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Team Slickhawk vs. Team Akita at Hockey Challenge 2018

Seattle Totems legend Guyle Fielder will be at Hockey Challenge 2018

KENT, February 14, 2018 — The Seattle Thunderbirds and Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Western Washington & Alaska (RMHC) are pleased to announce the schedule of games and activities at Hockey Challenge 2018 on Saturday, February 24, at accesso ShoWare Center in Kent.

The T-Birds play the Everett Silvertips at 6:05 pm on Saturday, February 24, in a game that will be followed by the local Celebrity and T-Birds Alumni All-Star Game.

The All-Star game will feature Team Slickhawk vs. Team Akita. Team Slickhawk will be coached by Matt “Slickhawk” Mikolas from the Morning Show on Sportsradio 950 KJR. Team Akita will be coached by Seattle sports Twitter personality Alex Akita and Ashley Ryan from Mornings with Allan and Ashley on WARM 106.9 FM.

Bretton Chitwood, the Hockey Challenge 2017 Kid Captain, grew up playing hockey in Bellingham. He was diagnosed with bone cancer two years ago and had to have his right foot amputated and undergo 30 rounds of chemotherapy.

Puck drop

At Hockey Challenge 2018 the T-Birds will welcome Bretton back as he will lace up the skates and play in the Celebrity and T-Birds Alumni All-Star Game. Gabe Cohen from KOMO 4 TV recently profiled Bretton and his return to the ice.

Former Seattle Totems greats Guyle Fielder and Tom McVie will be in attendance at the Hockey Challenge. Guyle will be holding an autograph signing for a new book about his hockey career in Seattle called “I Just Wanted To Play Hockey”. The autograph signing will start around 5pm on the concourse of accesso ShoWare Center.

IMG_5634Fans can purchase a book at the Challenge for Guyle to autograph. Books will cost $30 cash or $35 using a credit or debit card. Credit and debit purchases must be made in the Hockey Store at accesso ShoWare Center on Saturday, February 24, where the purchaser will receive a voucher to redeem for a book at the autograph table.

The T-Birds are producing Hockey Challenge jerseys for Guyle and Tom that will be autographed by the two former Totems and auctioned off in the Challenge Jersey Auction.

David Eskenazi and Steve Rudman from SportspressNW recently profiled Guyle in part four of their six-part series on the history of hockey in Seattle.

The accesso ShoWare Center will host a luncheon with Guyle on Friday, February 23, from 11-1:30pm. For more information on how attend the luncheon check out the luncheon flyer PDF.

Bill Wixey from KCPQ 13 TV returns this year to play for one of the Celebrity All-Star teams.

Former T-Birds, including Jamie Huscroft, Jim McTaggart, Lloyd Shaw and Tyler Alos will be divided up among Team O’Neill and Team Slickhawk. Former Tacoma Rocket Jamie Butt and former professional hockey player and current Sno-King Hockey Director Doug Kirton will also play in the All-Star game. There is the possibility more former T-Birds are added to the roster in the coming days.

The Top Donors to the Hockey Challenge and other local celebrities will be divided up evenly among Team Akita and Team Slickhawk.

There will be five Challenge games before the T-Birds vs. Silvertips game. This year the Challenge will feature a team from LinkedIn. The LinkedIn team will play two games against teams made up of players from Microsoft. One of the games is against Xbox Live and one is against DevDiv.

This is the 20th anniversary of the Hockey Challenge which began in 1998, when hockey-playing Microsoft employees, with the help of the Thunderbirds, took an in-house rivalry public and decided to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Western Washington & Alaska (RMHC). Since inception, the Challenge has raised more than $6 million for RMHC, which provides a “home-away-from-home” for children and their families during medical treatment, making each day a little easier.

A ticket to Hockey Challenge 2018 gives fans access to all Challenge events on Saturday, February 24, including the local Celebrity and T-Birds Alumni Celebrity Game, all other Challenge games and the T-Birds game that night against the Silvertips. The Celebrity and T-Birds Alumni Game is scheduled to start after the T-Birds game ends.

Hockey Challenge 2018 Schedule

Saturday, February 24

Game 1 – Office 365 vs. Windows, 8:55am
Game 2 – Xbox Live vs. LinkedIn, 10:35am
Game 3 – Katie’s Krushers vs. Manny’s Mayhem, 12:15pm
Game 4 – DevDiv vs. LinkedIn, 1:55pm
Game 5 – NHLtoSeattle Black vs. NHLtoSeattle White, 3:35pm
Game 6 – Seattle Thunderbirds vs. Everett Silvertips, 6:05 p.m.
Game 7 –
Celebrity and T-Birds Alumni All-Star Game, immediately following T-Birds/Silvertips game.

To purchase single game tickets to the Hockey Challenge fans should go to the accesso ShoWare Center box office or go online to the T-Birds website.

T-Birds group tickets for the Challenge are also currently on sale. Group tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.

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