Former T-Bird Player and Skills Coach Now Assistant Coach
KENT, August 15, 2013 — Seattle Thunderbirds general manager Russ Farwell today announced Tyler Alos has been promoted to assistant coach.
“ We are excited to add Tyler as a full time assistant coach. Part of his duties will be to focus on individual skill development with our players with a special focus on our young players,” Farwell says.
Alos played 201 games in the WHL with the T-Birds over the past four seasons. He retired from hockey after 10 games last season due to injury. Upon retirement Alos joined the T-Birds Hockey Operations Department as a Skills Coach.
“I am thankful for the great opportunity Russ and Steve have given me,” said Alos. “I know I will benefit from the experience of Russ, Steve and Matt. I am looking forward to helping develop the young players coming in to start their careers.”
Alos, from Spokane, was drafted by the T-Birds in the sixth round, 124th overall, in the 2008 Bantam Draft. He had 56 career points on 19 goals and 37 assists with 86 penalty minutes.
The T-Birds announced the hiring of Matt O’Dette as an assistant coach on July 22. O’Dette was the head coach and director of hockey operations of the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL the past two seasons. He replaced Darren Rumble who took the head coaching job with the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL on July 5.
The T-Birds announced the hiring of Ian Gordon as goalie coach on August 5. For the last 13 years, Gordon has played in the German Elite League.
Jim McTaggart will not return to the Thunderbirds coaching staff for the coming season.
“It’s great to see Darren Rumble and Dusty Imoo move up in their coaching careers,” said head coach Steve Konowalchuk. “I am also very appreciative of the contributions Jim put in with our team the past two seasons to help build a winning culture. Adding two full time assistant coaches and a top-notch goalie coach is a strong statement from T-Bird management and our ownership group that they are committed to creating one of the top development programs in the WHL.”
“Jim was a great contributor to our team for many years. We thank him for all his years of hard work with our team” said Farwell.
The T-Birds kick off the 2013-14 Western Hockey League regular season with the Home Opener against the 2013 League Champion Portland Winterhawks on Saturday, September 21, at 7:05 p.m. at the ShoWare Center.
The T-Birds have launched the Buy A Group, Get A Group Promotion for Opening Night against the Winterhawks. If you purchase 20 or more Group tickets to Opening Night you will receive the same amount of tickets to a non-Saturday game in October or November of this season for FREE. To take advantage of this Group Ticket special contact the T-Birds at 253-239-7825.
T-Birds single game tickets for the 2013-14 regular season will go on sale on August 21 online on the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office.
T-Birds season tickets are currently on sale. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.