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T-BIRDS LOOKING FOR POSSIBLE BILLET FAMILIES
04/21/2017
The Seattle Thunderbirds always are on the lookout for future billet...
Mike Butters announced as Midget Elite Head Coach
04/15/2017
SJHA/SKAHA JOINT MIDGET ELITE TEAM NAMES COACH/GM   By...
SJHA & SKAHA Joint Teams Announcement
04/06/2017
We are pleased to announce that Seattle Junior Hockey Association...
Capital Campaign Announcement
12/03/2016
 
T-BIRDS LOOKING FOR POSSIBLE BILLET FAMILIES
The Seattle Thunderbirds always are on the lookout for future billet families.
 
T-Bird players attend Kentwood High School during the school year. The team practices at ShoWare Center. The team keeps an eye out for billets in these neighborhoods.
 
Being a T-Birds billet means housing one to two T-Birds players during the hockey season. Billets are an important part of the teams’ player support program. They provide a home away from home for players during the hockey season.
 
You can download the Tbirds billet application at www.seattlethunderbirds.com and return to the Applications to  . If you have any questions about being a billet, or would like more information, contact Brent Seidel at 253-856-6847.

by posted 04/21/2017
Mike Butters announced as Midget Elite Head Coach

SJHA/SKAHA JOINT MIDGET ELITE TEAM NAMES COACH/GM

 

By ANDREW, SKAHA Staff Writer                                                                       4/17/2017

 

The Sno-King & Seattle Junior Amateur Hockey Associations are pleased to announce that former NHL Scout and AHL General Manager, Mike Butters has accepted the Head Coach / GM position with the Jr. Thunderbirds Midget Elite team for the 2017-18 season, SKAHA Hockey Director, Doug Kirton, announced today.

 

BUTTERS HAS EXPERIENCE AT ALL ELITE LEVELS OF HOCKEY

Butters joins the Jr. Thunderbirds with impressive hockey credentials. He has worked in the NHL as a professional scout for the Tampa Bay Lightning and also served as the club’s General Manager of Tampa’s minor league system, including their AHL affiliate. He has owned, operated, and coached at the junior level in both the NAHL and AWHL. His junior teams have captured 11 league titles, a national championship, and set the USA Hockey record for winning percentage (.874) over a 10-year span. Kirton says after an extensive search of qualified candidates, Butters was the right fit for their midget elite program. “Mike comes to our group as a player, coach, and GM who has succeeded at every level. We were looking for a coach who has worked at the higher levels of hockey and could use that experience and knowledge to prepare our players for that advancement.” Kirton added, “After meeting with Mike and hearing his vision for our elite midget program, we knew it was the right fit.”

 

COACH CITES SJHA/SNO-KING PARTNERSHIP AS KEY TO SUCCESS

Butters said there were a number of factors in basing his decision. “First and foremost, my family loves living here. I wasn’t interested in getting back into high-level coaching just for the sake of it. My wife has a job she loves here and my two daughters are heavily involved in youth sports. Moving was not an option. The other main factor was association support. I have seen so many programs come and go because they are built from the top down. These programs don’t last. After meeting with Sno-King and Seattle Junior, I was confident that they had the infrastructure to not only provide a top-notch program for the elite midget team, but have a solid base of players from within the organization to draw from. This region desperately needs collaboration for the benefit of the elite players. I commend both SJHA and SKAHA’s effort towards that. The combination of the areas top two associations for both the 16U and 14U teams is fantastic.

  

NEW MIDGET ELITE COACH SHARED SEASON PLAN

 When we caught up with Mike, via phone, he was openly excited about getting started. The coach said the team will play in the top flight of the Pacific Coast League and commit to 5-6 key tournaments as the backbone of their season. He also indicated that he has already laid plans to play exhibition games vs. both Major Midget and Academy teams nearby, to round out their schedule.  “I have always felt that teams at the bantam and midget levels travel far too much to play what they feel is better competition. We won’t do that. It is far too tasking on our players time away from school and rest to practice and game schedule. We have already been accepted into two of the top tournaments for our level in the US. These tournaments are attended by USHL, NAHL, and college coaches, scouts, and recruiters. Our group will be seen plenty.”  

 

FLEXIBILITY OF SCHEDULE DEEMED VITAL BY NEW COACH

The coach said that his team’s ability to select their own schedule, coupled with a 28-game schedule in Canada is key to showcasing his players. “We are going to be selective as to what tournaments we will play. In speaking with my many colleagues at the NCAA, USHL, and junior levels, they have conveyed to me where we should play for the most exposure. I used to be in a league (NAHL) where you were locked into a showcase schedule against the same teams with the same scouts. It wasn’t something that benefitted our players greatly.” Butters added, “Playing in BC (PCAHA) will ensure our players can be seen by BCHL and WHL teams.  Playing in the tournaments we designate as important will showcase our players to a greater number of teams and scouts.”

 

TRYOUTS BEGIN APRIL 24

Register for tryouts here

Monday, April 24th

Session 1: 7:20-8:30pm @Sno-King Kirkland

Session 2: 8:40-10:00pm @Sno-King Kirkland

Tuesday, April 25th

7:00-8:30pm @Sno-King Kirkland

Wednesday, April 26th

7:10-8:30pm @Sno-King Renton

Thursday, April 27th

6:00-7:10pm @Sno-King Kirkland


by posted 04/15/2017
SJHA & SKAHA Joint Teams Announcement

We are pleased to announce that Seattle Junior Hockey Association and Sno-King Amateur Hockey Association will jointly host 14U and 16U teams for the 2017-2018 season.  This collaboration between the two associations will help develop players to the highest levels.  

 

14U Team

SJHA will host the 14U team. The 14U team will be coached by:

·         Head Coach: Regan Mueller.  Regan has been a coach at SJHA for 20 years.  In addition, Regan is a former Seattle Thunderbirds WHL centerman 

·         Assistant Coach: Lloyd Shaw former Seattle Thunderbirds WHL & AHL defenseman and SKAHA coach for 10 years.

·         Assistant Coach: Corey Schwab former Seattle Thunderbirds WHL goaltender & member of the Stanley Cup winning NJ Devils, and current goalie coach of the Phoenix Coyotes and SKAHA coach for 10 years.

Players wishing to tryout for a spot on the 14U team should plan to attend all of these tryout sessions.

The tryout schedule is as follows:

·         Monday 4/17 6:00pm Olympicview Arena

·         Tuesday 4/18 6:00pm Lynnwood Ice Center

·         Wednesday 4/19 7:10pm Sno-King Renton

·         Thursday 4/20 6:00pm Sno-King Kirkland

·         Cost is $75.00

Players wishing to try out for a spot on the 14U team should plan to attend all of these tryout sessions.

The 14U team will split their practice time between SJHA facilities and SKAHA facilities.

The 14U team will compete in the top tournaments in the USA and Canada.  In addition, the 14U team will play in the PCAHA League.  The goal for these players is to have maximum on ice development and exposure.

 

The team will also attempt to participate in the following top level tournaments.

Potential Local / BC Tournaments

·         West Coast Prospects – Burnaby Winter Club

·         Chilliwack Invitational 

·         Tim Jardine – Delta

·         Rick Lapointe – Victoria               

·         Pat Quinn – Burnaby. BC

·         Dallas Saunders – Abbottsford                                                     
 

Potential Fly Aways                     

·         John Reid – St. Albert, AB

·         RMC – Calgary, AB

·         Pacific Districts

·         USA Hockey Nationals

14U Tryouts are open for registration online at www.sjha.com under the Joint Team Tryouts category in the Registration tab, or a direct link to registration is here.

 

16U Team

SKAHA will host the 16U team.

The date and time of the 16U tryouts are T.B.D.

We are currently finalizing a decision on coaching candidates. 

The 16U team will split their practice time between SJHA facilities and SKAHA facilities. 

 

16U details are still being worked out and will be released as soon as they are available.


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