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    Welcome to Kent!

    and to Seattle Thunderbirds hockey and a winning 2012-2013 season as the T-birds pursue the coveted Memorial Cup!

    This is surely going to be an exciting season at ShoWare Center! Since opening in January 2009, the United States Green Building Council awarded ShoWare Center LEED GOLD certifi cation (Leadership in En-ergy, Effi ciency and Design), making the Birds roost the fi rst of its kind in North America to receive the honor.

    Were very proud of this state-of-the-art arena with its 6,125 seats, twenty suites, incredible club seating section

    and unmatched hockey sightlines throughout. So follow the green en-ergy lines leading you to all the action of WHL hockey!

    While youre in town, grab a bite at Kent Station, a contemporary, open air urban village with a variety of options for pre and post-game gatherings. (But dont leave your car there during an event: Cars will be towed.) Walk a couple blocks east or south of the Center to discover the charm of historic downtown Kent where even more entertainment and dining choices await you.

    Go Birds!

    Suzette CookeMayor, City of Kent

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    There is always a lot of excitement when another season opens; topping that list for the WHL and our 22 Member Clubs is the performance of our players both on and off the ice.

    All associated with the WHL, both at the League and Club levels, take great pride in the accomplishments of our players. From the fi ve WHL defence-men among the top 8 players in the NHL Entry Draft this past June to the over 300 graduates who receive WHL Scholarships each year to pursue their post-secondary studies, the WHL always puts the interests of our players fi rst. Our number one priority will always be to help our players succeed

    while playing in the WHL and to en-sure they are in a position to achieve their goals both from a hockey and academic standpoint.

    The WHL would not be in a position to provide such a positive environment for our players without the support of our fans, corporate partners, broadcasters and media throughout the League. Thanks to your loyal support, the WHL will continue to put the interest of our players fi rst while providing them the opportunity to play in one of the worlds fi nest develop-ment Leagues.

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    The regular turnover of your roster is one of the constants that junior hockey teams have to deal with year in and year out. The Seattle Thunderbirds roster is no different and there are some exciting new faces in the lineup this

    year that the team hopes will have a posi-tive impact.

    The first move the team made this sum-mer was to pick up goalie Brandon Glover from the Calgary Hitmen in exchange for a third round pick in next years Bantam Draft. Glover is a 20-year-old goaltender who is excited about playing in Seattle.

    My first thought was that Seattle is a great city and really close to my home town of Victoria, I was pretty happy with where I ended up, he said of the trade. Then I talked to people who had been through the organization and they had nothing but good things to say about the guys here. I had a chance to come down here this sum-mer and meet the coaching staff and Russ and they made me feel right at home.

    With Calvin Pickard moving on to start his pro career Glover will come in and take over the number one spot in net. With Calgary last year Glover played 39 games and is ready for a larger role with the T-Birds.

    In the past Ive been part of one-two goalie tandems and split times, Im definitely ready for a bigger role this year and to let the team rely on me to play games and give us a chance to win every night - thats what Im prepared to do, he said of taking on the number one role.

    Seattle has a young defense and Glovers experience should help those guys this season. This is one of the main reasons Seattle was eager to bring Glover here.

    I hope they find me a calming presence back there, Glover says of his young defense. So they can relax and focus on what they need to do and they can find me reliable so they dont need to worry about me - Im back there for them.

    To further shore up the defense the Thunderbirds went out and picked up Jesse Forsberg from Prince George in exchange for Colin Jacobs. Forsberg is 19 and a tough, physical defenseman who played in 170 WHL games in his career with Prince George. Like Glover, he was excited to come and play for the Thunderbirds.

    I was really excited, he said of the trade. I was looking for a new start somewhere and I when I saw it was in Seattle I was real excited and I couldnt wait to get out here. It feels like Ive been here for a while now, everybodys opened up, really good guys here, it feels like Im already part of the team, its just a really good situation.

    Forsberg describes himself as a gritty, hard working player who brings a lot of passion. Something that the Thunderbirds hope will rub off on their young group on defense. He was also Prince Georges team captain

    and should be a great leader for Seattle.Leaving Prince George meant leaving his brother, Alex, who

    is a star center for the Cougars. That should make for an inter-esting match up when Seattle first faces the Cougars in Prince George on September 28th.

    Its gonna be a little weird, obviously, from playing with him last year, he said of the sibling rivalry. But once the puck drops hes like any player in the other jersey so its going to be excit-ing. Weve talked about it a little bit, what it will be like to see each other in different jerseys but once the game starts hes just

    like any other player and Im the same to him.In the CHL import draft Seattle made two

    selections who should both be impact players this year. They started by selecting Russian Alexander Delnov with the eighth overall pick of the first round. Delnov is a center who was drafted in the fourth round by the Florida Panthers in last springs NHL Entry Draft. He has good size, will help on the offensive end and could push to be one of the top centers for the Thunderbirds this season.

    Seattle was not done in the import draft after selecting Delnov. They traded for Edmontons first round pick (60th overall) and selected winger Roberts Lipsberg from Latvia. Lipsberg is a hard working player who describes his game as aggressive and has shown he has a good, hard shot during training camp.

    These four new players are excited to be in Seattle and ready to help the Thunderbirds find their way back into the post-season.

    For Thunderbirds updates all season long, follow Andrew on Twitter @andyeide

    A New Season Means Some New Faces for the Seattle ThunderbirdsBY ANDREW EIDE, 710 ESPN SEATTLE


    Free ParkingIs available both onsite at ShoWare Center as well as in lots in close walking distance throughout downtown Kent. Special onsite parking is designated for drivers of hybrid vehicles, and guests traveling in carpools of four passengers or more. Additional free parking is available across James Street at the Regional Justice Center Garage after 6:00 PM, and at the James Street Park & Ride. There is no event parking permitted at Kent Station, at Kent Commons or in the North Park Neighborhood.

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    Airways Brewing Co. Beer & Bistro320 W Harrison St.

    Archa Thai Bistro214 E Meeker St.

    Burritos El Incapas326 W Meeker St.

    Kona Kai Coffee Co. & Caf124 4th Ave. S, Ste 180

    Maggies on Meeker307 W Meeker St.

    Mexico Lindo203 4th Ave S

    Nashville's Sports Bar114 Railroad Ave N

    Nevermind Tavern209 E Meeker St.

    The Perk Up Place202 W Gowe St. #C

    Pho Thinh320 E Meeker St.

    Pied Piper Pub311 W Meeker St.

    Shindig Restaurant & Martini Bar222 First Ave. S

    Spiros Greek Island215 First Ave. S

    Starbucks Coffee425 W Meeker St.

    Sushi Kuine202 W Gowe St. Ste E

    Sweet Themes Bakery317 W. Meeker Street, Sweet A

    Wild Wheat Bakery, Caf & Restaurant201 First Ave. S

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