KENT, February 13, 2014 - The Seattle Thunderbirds and Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Western Washington & Alaska are pleased to announce the schedule of hockey games for the 2014 Hockey Challenge on Saturday, February 22, at ShoWare Center in Kent.
The T-Birds will play the Kamloops Blazers at 6:05 p.m. on Saturday. This game will be followed by the local Celebrity and T-Birds Alumni All-Star Game.
The All-Star game will feature Team Furness vs. Team Shea. Team Furness will be coached by sports host Ian Furness from KJR 950 AM. Team Shea will be coached by BJ Shea from the BJ Shea Experience on 99.9 FM KISW. Steve The Producer from the BJ Shea Experience will be the goalie for Team Furness. Topshelf from the BJ Shea Experience will be an assistant coach for Team Shea.
Bill Wixey from KCPQ 13 TV and John Langeler from KING 5 TV will be slotted on either Team Furness or Team Shea. Nine former T-Birds, including Mark Parrish, Brendan Witt, Chris Wells, Jesse Wilson, Jamie Huscroft, Blake Knox, Brett Duncan, Regan Mueller and Danny Lorenz will be divided up among Team Furness and Team Shea. The eight captains of teams taking part in the Challenge, Top Donors to the Hockey Challenge and other local celebrities will be divided up evenly among Team Furness and Team Shea.
Two new players to the All-Star game this year are Michael Mantenuto and Mike Butters.
Mantenuto played "Jack O'Callahan" in the popular movie "Miracle" starring Kurt Russell. Miracle, released in 2004, detailed the Herb Brooks coached 1980 gold medal winning United States hockey team. Mantenuto is currently a Sergeant in the US Army with the 1st Special Forces Group stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington. Mantenuto joined the US Army in 2010 and finished the Special Forces qualification course at Fort Bragg in North Carolina this past July.
Butters is a character actor who has appeared in over 50 movies, including the Saw franchise and D2 - The Mighty Ducks, 100 commercials and 20 television shows. Butters, who lives in Seattle, played professional hockey for six years from 1989-90 to 1995-96 with the Greensboro Monarchs of the ECHL, Fort Wayne Komets of the IHL, Adirondack Red Wings of the AHL, Halifax Citadels of the ALH, New Haven Nighthawks of the AHL, Fresno Falcons of the SuHL and the Bakersfield Fog of the WCHL. Butters was the general manager of the Norfolk Admirals in the AHL for the 2008-09 season. He was a Pro Scout for the Tampa Bay Lightning for three years from 2008 to 2011.
There will be a 30-minute autograph session with the celebrities, T-Birds alumni and select T-Birds players from the time doors open at ShoWare Center until the beginning of warm-ups for the T-Birds vs. Blazers game.
The Hockey Challenge 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 $4.3 million for RMHC, which provides a "home-away-from-home" for children and their families during medical treatment, making each day a little easier.
A ticket to Hockey Challenge 2014 gives fans access to all Challenge events on Saturday, February 22, including the local Celebrity and T-Birds Alumni Celebrity Game and autograph session, all other Challenge games and the T-Birds game that night against the Kamloops Blazers. The Celebrity autograph session starts at 5 p.m. at ShoWare Center and will go until 5:30 p.m. The Celebrity Game is scheduled to start after the T-Birds game ends.
Hockey Challenge 2014 Schedule
Saturday, February 22
Game 1 - Manny's Mayhems vs. Lucille's Lightning, 8:55 a.m. (Georgetown Brewery Sponsored Microsoft Women's teams).
Game 2 - Concur vs. Xbox Live, 10:35 a.m.
Game 3 - Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB) - Canada vs. IEB - USA, 12:15 p.m.
Game 4 - Exchange vs. Windows, 1:55 p.m.
Game 5 - DevDiv vs. MSIT, 3:35 p.m.
Game 6 - Seattle Thunderbirds vs. Kamloops Blazers, 6:05 p.m.
Game 7 - Local Celebrity and T-Birds Alumni All-Star Game, immediately following T-Birds/Blazers game.
To purchase single game tickets to the Hockey Challenge fans should go to the ShoWare Center box office or go online to the T-Birds website.
T-Birds group tickets for the Challenge are also currently on sale. Group tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.