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T-Birds and KIRO 7 TV Partner for Weekly Hockey 101 Series Starting Friday

September 3, 2020 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Seattle Thunderbirds News Release

Kent - The Seattle Thunderbirds are excited to partner with KIRO 7 Sports Director Chris Francis on the debut of a weekly hockey segment on evening sportscasts called Hockey 101.

Each week Francis and T-Birds head coach Matt O'Dette will use highlights from 2020 NHL Playoff games to educate and inform sports fans on different facets of hockey.

The first segment to be broadcast will cover "Goals" and will air on the KIRO 7 evening newscast on Friday, September 4, at approximately 5:45pm. New segments will air on Fridays each week around the same time for the next several months.

The weekly segments will introduce sports fans to aspects of hockey that include roster makeup, line changes, faceoffs, icing, offsides, penalties, special teams, coaching, hockey fundamentals, hockey terminology, position responsibilities, and player training.

When possible, Francis hopes to use 2020 NHL Playoffs highlights that spotlights WHL U.S. Division alumni. The WHL had a total of 125 alumni compete in the 2020 NHL Playoffs. Our friend John Barr at NHLtoSeattle put together a definitive guide on who Pacific Northwest hockey fans should root for in the 2020 NHL Playoffs that highlights many former WHL U.S. Division players.

If you are not able to view the KIRO 7 Hockey 101 series live, we hope to have the full segments on our website the day after it airs.

The WHL has announced an adjusted start of Friday, December 4, for the 2020-21 Regular Season.


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