Hockey fans in the Western Washington area have a number of games to choose from this weekend, to get that fix. If you’ve made a resolution to experience a hockey game for the first time, you’re in luck too. You can start out by catching the Seattle Thunderbirds face off against a strong Portland Winterhawks team in Portland. The Western Hockey League (WHL) will air this game LIVE on FoxSports NW at 7:30 tonight. Like what you see? Then head to ShoWare Center in Kent tomorrow night to see the two teams in action (in Game 2 of a “Home and Home” series). The puck drops at 7:05. You can find more information about the T-Birds and buy tickets by visiting their website. Just click here. You can also listen to all T-Birds games on the radio- at 104.9 FM Funky Monkey.
Head up I-5 to Everett tomorrow night to catch the red-hot Everett Silvertips in action against the Spokane Chiefs. The ‘Tips will be looking for revenge against the team that snapped their 14-game winning streak on Wednesday night in Spokane. Tomorrow’s game is also Firefighter Appreciation and Public Safety Night, so get there early to enjoy any pre-game activities at Comcast Arena. Find more information about the ‘Tips and buy tickets. Here’s the link to their website. You can listen to every Silvertips game on the radio- at NorthSound 1380 AM – KRKO.
The Seattle Junior Totems are dominating the Northern Pacific Junior Hockey League (NORPAC). They face off against the Rogue Valley Wranglers tonight and tomorrow night at Olympic View Ice Arena in Mountlake Terrace. There is absolutely no love lost between these two teams and what’s more, a ticket to see the action up close is just $5. For more information, click here to be linked to the Junior Totems website.
If you feel like catching some hockey, Canadian-style, take in an Abbotsford Heat game. The Heat are the AHL affiliate of the NHL Calgary Flames and play at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre. Tomorrow night, they take on the Chicago Wolves (the Atlanta Thrashers’ AHL affiliate). The puck drops at 7:30pm. Click here for schedule, roster and ticket information. (Note: Former Everett Silvertips players Riley Armstrong and Leland Irving play for Abbotsford. Former NHL great Chris Chelios is in the Wolves’ lineup.) Check the Heat’s website for suggestions on how to watch or listen online.
The Victoria Salmon Kings feature up and coming players within the Vancouver Canucks’ organization (representing the ECHL). Tonight and tomorrow night, they drop the puck against the Utah Grizzlies, who are affiliated with the New York Islanders and the Calgary Heat. Both games start at 7:05 at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Center. For more information, click here. One fun way to take in the Victoria experience is to take the Victoria Clipper, have high tea at the Empress Hotel, take in the beautiful Butchart Gardens then cap off the day by cheering on the Salmon Kings.
In addition to junior and minor league, there’s plenty of hockey featuring a great number of talented youngsters across Western Washington. Contact your local ice arena for more information.