Team Konowalchuk vs. Team Goodall at Hockey Challenge 2019

Hockey Challenge takes place Saturday, February 23, at accesso ShoWare Center

KENT, January 30, 2019 — 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 2019 on Saturday, February 23, at accesso ShoWare Center in Kent.

The T-Birds play the Portland Winterhawks at 6:05 pm on Saturday, February 23, 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 Konowalchuk vs. Team Goodall.

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Steve Konowalchuk in the T-Birds locker room during a game intermission.

Team Konowalchuk will be captained by former T-Birds head coach Steve Konowalchuk, who is currently an Amateur Scout with the New York Rangers. Konowalchuk will skate and play in the All-Star Game.

Team Goodall will be captained by T-Birds legend Glen Goodall who will be skating in his first Hockey Challenge Celebrity and T-Birds Alumni All-Star Game. Goodall is the WHL career leader in games played with 399 and goals scored with 262. Goodall is second in career points in the WHL with 573. His number 10 jersey is the only number retired by the team.

Former T-Bird Glen Goodall

Bill Wixey, morning news anchor on KCPQ 13 TV, returns this year to lend his support to RMHC and to play for one of the Celebrity All-Star teams.

Steve Migs from the “BJ and Migs Show” mornings on 99.9 KISW, a longtime supporter of the Challenge and RMHC, will play goalie for either Team Konowalchuk or Team Goodall.

John Barr, the creator and manager of the grassroots “NHL to Seattle” group, is in his 15th year supporting RMHC. Barr is organizing the Challenge game between NHLtoSeattle Black vs. NHLtoSeattle White.

Ian Furness from 950 KJR Sports Radio will be lending his support by hosting and emceeing the All-Star Game. Furness will be calling the T-Birds vs. Winterhawks game on JOEtv this night and will head to ice level after the broadcast ends.

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Bill Wixey, left, skating in the Hockey Challenge 2018 All-Star Game.

Former T-Birds, including Jamie Huscroft, Danny Lorenz, Tyler Alos, and Jim McTaggart will be divided up among Team Konowalchuk and Team Goodall. Former Tacoma Rocket Jamie Butt will also play in the All-Star game.

The T-Birds and RMHC are working on adding more former T-Birds and local celebrities to the roster and hope to have more player participation announcements in the coming weeks.

The Top Donors from the Hockey Challenge teams will be divided up evenly among Team Konowalchuk and Team Goodall.

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Steve Migs making a save at a previous Hockey Challenge All-Star Game.

There will be five Challenge games before the T-Birds vs. Winterhawks game. This year the Challenge will again feature a team from LinkedIn. The LinkedIn team will play two games against teams made up of players from different divisions at Microsoft.

This is the 21th 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 $6.2 million for RMHC, which provides a “home-away-from-home” for children and their families during medical treatment, making each day a little easier.

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John Barr skating in the Hockey Challenge 2018 All-Star Game.

A ticket to Hockey Challenge 2019 gives fans access to all Challenge events on Saturday, February 23, including the local Celebrity and T-Birds Alumni Celebrity Game, all other Challenge games and the T-Birds game that night against the Winterhawks. The Celebrity and T-Birds Alumni Game is scheduled to start as quickly as possible after the T-Birds game ends.

Hockey Challenge 2019 Schedule

Saturday, February 23

Game 1 – Game 1, Xbox Live vs. LinkedIn, 8:35am
Game 2 – Game 2, Georgetown Flaming G’s vs. Katie’s Krushers, 10:05am
Game 3 – Game 3, Developer Relations vs. LinkedIn, 11:55pm
Game 4 – Game 4, Azure vs. Office 365, 1:35pm
Game 5 – Game 5, NHLtoSeattle Black vs. NHLtoSeattle White, 3:15pm
Game 6 – Seattle Thunderbirds vs. Portland Winterhawks, 6:05 p.m.
Game 7 –
Celebrity and T-Birds Alumni All-Star Game, immediately following T-Birds/Winterhawks game.

Single game tickets are on sale online on the T-Birds website and at the accesso ShoWare Center box office for Hockey Challenge 2019.

The T-Birds are now taking orders for Flex-24 Ticket packages. Fans that purchase the 24-Flex Ticket Package will be able to select any available premium seat for the Hockey Challenge, in any ticket combination.

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