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SIGNS WITH WHL PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS!
Exciting news as Colorado Thunderbirds, Mason Mannek, 2000 forward and Captain on the Thunderbirds 16U Team this past 2016-2017 season, signed with the WHL Portland Winterhawks. Mannek will be in good company on the Portland Team as he joins Colorado Thunderbirds alumni, Dominic Turgeon who played Thunderbirds from 2008-2012, Alex Overheard who played Thunderbirds from 2009-2014, and Jake Gricius who played Thunderbirds from 2010-2011 and 2014-2016. Mason Mannek played Colorado Thunderbirds 2014-2017 and is the son of proud parents Brandon and Sharmin Mannek from Herriman, Utah.
Congratulations to Mason! Colorado Thunderbirds wish him the best of luck with Portland Winterhawks and look forward to following his continuing hockey adventures.
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SELECTED IN WHL BANTAM DRAFT!
The Western Hockey League (WHL) held their Bantam Draft for 14 year old players (2002 birth year) on Thursday, May 5. Colorado Thunderbirds, Ty Smilanic, was chosen in Round 3, 51st overall, by Regina. Smilanic played Colorado Thunderbirds from 2012-2014, this past 2016-2017 season for the Thunderbirds 16U team coached by Angelo Ricci, and is committed to University of Denver.
Colorado Thunderbirds also had 3 former Colorado Thunderbirds selected in the WHL Bantam Draft.
Congratulations to these players for the recognition they have achieved in the WHL Bantam Draft. Colorado Thunderbirds is excited to continue to watch these young men develop as hockey players!
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CONTINUE USHL DRAFT STREAK!
The 2017 USHL Futures and Main Entry Drafts were held May 1 and May 2 respectively, and the Colorado Thunderbirds continue to position players for their next level of hockey. The Thunderbirds had 4 current players selected, and 1 former Thunderbirds chosen in the USHL draft. All 4 of the current players selected in the 2017 USHL Draft were members of the Thunderbirds 16U team coached by Angelo Ricci.
The 2017 USHL Futures Draft was held May 1, and the Colorado Thunderbirds had 3 current players selected from the Colorado Thunderbirds:
The 2017 USHL Main Entry Draft was held on May 3, and the Colorado Thunderbirds had 1 current player and 1 former player chosen:
Former Colorado Thunderbirds goalie, Austin Park, was drafted by Cedar Rapids in round 4, 49th overall in the 2017 USHL Main Entry Draft.
All players will attend their team's main camp this summer and work to earn a spot on their USHL roster. Congratulations to each of these players on being drafted in the USHL. This a special day for all these young men. The Thunderbirds continue to place our elite players in the top junior league in the country. In the past eight years, the Colorado Thunderbirds program has been fortunate to have 75 players selected in the USHL Main Entry and Futures Draft.
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