Seattle Thunderbirds Owners
Vice President / Assistant General Manager
Colin has been with the Thunderbirds for the past 24 years. He joined the Thunderbirds as the Assistant General Manager and is now part of the ownership group that purchased the team in August of 2002. In his current position, Colin oversees all business aspects of the organization including sales and marketing.
Colin took the lead for the T-Birds in working with City of Kent officials and other government elected officials in the building and development of the ShoWare Center.
Colin was the General Manager of the Surrey Eagles Junior A hockey team before joining the Thunderbirds organization.
Kent & Barbara Chaplin
Kent – President of Chaplin’s Automotive Group, which includes Bellevue Volkswagen, Bellevue Subaru and North Bend Chevrolet. Kent is a founder and Director of Eastside Commercial Bank of Bellevue. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Forgotten Children’s Fund; he supports the Bellevue Police D.A.R.E Program, and is a member of the Subaru Chairman’s Roundtable.
Barbara – Secretary/Treasurer of Chaplin’s Automotive Group. Barbara is a lifelong resident of the Seattle area and a graduate of the University of Washington. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America-NW Chapter and the Advisory Board of Trustees for Pacific Northwest Ballet, and along with Kent, supports numerous other arts and theater organizations in the Greater Seattle area. Kent and his wife Barbara have raised three sons, one of whom played minor hockey for Seattle Junior Hockey Association. Passionate about the game of hockey, they want to see it continue to grow and prosper in the Seattle area.
James and Davis Clapp
The local brothers grew up in the area and have been long time fans. They became owners to help create the local ownership group. The brothers have owned and operated multiple entertainment businesses in the Seattle area from recording studios to internet streaming companies. Both James and Davis are very involved in philanthropic activities in Seattle and around the world.
Owner / Governor / General Manager
Russ Farwell is in his second tour of duty with the Thunderbirds as General Manager. Farwell guided the Thunderbirds in both the 1988-89 and 1989-90 seasons. He led the Birds to a franchise record 52-17-3 mark in the 1989-90 campaign, after which he was rewarded as the WHL and CHL Executive of the Year. His Western League success, which included back to back Memorial Cup Championships in Medicine Hat in 1987 and 1988, led to his being signed by the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers to serve as their General Manager on June 6, 1990. Farwell rejoined the Thunderbirds in 1995. He is entering his 21th consecutive season, 22th overall, as the Thunderbirds General Manager. His teams’ on-ice exploits earned the club 30 sellouts during the 1989-90 season and paved the way for Thunderbird games to be played in the Seattle Center Coliseum. The Coliseum seated three times as many fans as the Thunderbirds previous home, the 4,139 seat Seattle Center Arena. Seattle hosted a standing room only crowd of 12,553 against the Spokane Chiefs on February 9, 1990, then a WHL single game attendance record. Farwell completed the complicated acquisition of Czechoslovakian import Petr Nedved, who went on the become the #2 overall pick in the 1990 NHL draft, one of eight first round picks developed by Farwell in his WHL tenure. 1997 saw his Thunderbird squad capture the Western Division Championship, the first in franchise history. In June of the same year, Patrick Marleau became his second #2 overall NHL draft pick. The team won the U.S. Division Championship and the Western Conference Championship in 2016. Farwell, a native of Calgary, now calls Kent home along with his wife Brenda and children Kristine and Steven.
1977-80 – Calgary Canucks, Alberta Junior Hockey League
1981 – Billings Bighorns, Western Hockey League
1982 – Medicine Hat Tigers, Western Hockey League
1982-88 – Medicine Hat Tigers, Western Hockey League
1988-90 – Seattle Thunderbirds, Western Hockey League
1990-93 – Philadelphia Flyers, National Hockey League
1995 – Present – Seattle Thunderbirds, Western Hockey League
1986-87 – Memorial Cup Championship, Medicine Hat Tigers, WHL
1987-88 – Memorial Cup Championship, Medicine Hat Tigers, WHL
1990 – WHL and CHL Executive of the Year
1990 – Named General Manager, Philadelphia Flyers, NHL
1995 – Named General Manager, Seattle Thunderbirds, WHL
1997 – Western Division Championship, Seattle Thunderbirds, WHL
2003 – U.S. Division Champions, Seattle Thunderbirds, WHL
2005 – U.S. Division Champions, Seattle Thunderbirds, WHL
2016 – U.S Division Champions, Western Conference Champions, Seattle Thunderbird, WHL
Group Program Manager, Microsoft
Greg is a group program manager at Microsoft. Hockey has been a huge part of his life since his youth in Buffalo, New York watching Gilbert Perreault star for the Buffalo Sabres. He played Jr. “A” hockey in Buffalo and then went on to play one year at Harvard where he also captained the Crimson football team and earned All-Ivy League honors. Greg is married to Dorothea Gicewicz and they have two children, Rebecca and Paul, who are budding hockey players in the Seattle Sno-King Association, where Greg also coaches. He is involved with the Thunderbirds because he loves the game of hockey and wants to be an ambassador for the sport in the Seattle area.
President of Syntek
Craig is the President of Syntek, a company that specializes in sales and marketing of electronic test & measurement instrumentation. Craig played hockey as a youth in upstate New York where his family had season tickets to a minor league team in the area, the Clinton Comets. Craig is involved with the Thunderbirds as an owner because he has a love for the game and wants to see junior hockey succeed in Seattle. Craig and his wife Melanie are the proud parents of Chelsea, Shanna and Jesse.
Retired Microsoft employee and part-time computer science instructor at the University of Washington. James is a lifelong hockey fan. He grew up near Philadelphia in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s watching his favorite team, the Broad Street Bullies, win Stanley Cups and take on the Soviet Red Army team. James is a long time supporter of the Boy Scouts of America.
Philip & Carol Paulsen
Philip Paulsen D.D.S. Family Dentistry
Phil is a local dentist who grew up in Bellevue, WA. He currently practices in Marysville, WA. He is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University and University of Washington Dental School. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Washington State Dental Association, and the Snohomish County Dental Society. Carol is the business manager for the dental practice. She grew up in Lancaster, PA and attended Millersville State University and Franklin and Marshall College. Phil and Carol have been Thunderbird fans for over 20 years. They have two children, Lisa and Kyle. After attending their first Thunderbirds game, hockey became a fun family outing. The Paulsen’s want to promote hockey as a way for families to enjoy time with each other while watching young men working to attain their dream of playing in the NHL.
Pat Smith Real Estate Agent/Investor
Pat Smith is a real estate agent and a former Seattle Breaker player from 1980 to 1983. Pat was also an Assistant Coach with the Thunderbirds from 1988 to 1991.