Over the weekend BJ, Toppy, and I were lucky enough to be a part of the Seattle Thunderbirds Hockey Challenge. This is their annual fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House, and how cool is this…before Saturday the day of the Hockey Challenge), they already raised over $180,000! That is the best part about being involved with this event…I have been lucky enough to have participated in 5 of these hockey challenges, and yes, it’s fun to play against former pro’s and other hockey players…but knowing that they raise a lot of money for a great cause is an awesome feeling.
Ok…now lets get to the game. Before the game, we got to take part in an autograph signing…without a doubt the guy most people were in line to get an autograph from was former T-Bird and NHL’er – Brendan Witt. I too was excited to meet him, as it’s been years since he has been in Seattle…he is one cool fella. But we were sitting at the table to sign things too, and Toppy got creative during the signing, as he put his autograph on people’s beer cups!
Before the game, I got a pic with the coaches of the other team…BJ and Toppy.
Now that was the end of our friendship for the night as we took the ice for an epic battle! Ok, we took the ice. The game was a BLAST! Things started off great as I had a couple saves, and then it went downhill fast as the former pro’s like Doug Kirton and Mark Parrish lit me up for a few goals. At the end of the first it was 3-0 team Shea, but in the second period Team Ian Furness turned it around and we tied it 3-3 after 2 periods. I felt like I redeemed myself with a few good saves.
Then in the third period it was a goalies nightmare, as the former pro’s turned it on…many goals were scored, and we were down 7-5 with a few minutes left in the game. Coach Furness pulled me for the extra skater…a wise move as it led to us scoring and making it 7-6…then I stayed out, and team blue made it 8-6…then I came back in and made a couple breakaway saves, and Brendan Witt put on a clinic and scored….then another goal…it’s 8-8! With less than 15 seconds left, former T-Bird Regan Mueller scored, and team Furness won it…silencing the very mouthy BJ and Toppy! It was awesome!
Honestly, win or lose it was a great time, lots of goals and and former T-Bird and NHL’er Mark Parrish told me after the game, “That was the most fun I have had playing hockey in a long time”. For T-Birds fans, it was a great time watching some of the former players back out there!
The best part of this was the next day when I got a tweet from Brendan Witt…at first he forgot I was on his team…
Speaking of the Hockey Challenge – thanks to Margaret and Su for having me on KING 5’s New Day Northwest to talk about the event on Friday! It was a blast to hang with T-Birds P.R. man Ian Henry, fellow hockey player Jackie Soo, and T-Birds mascot Cool Bird!