Thunderbirds Weekly Update
Winston-Salem, NC – Thunderbirds Weekly Update
Over the holiday weekend the Thunderbirds played host to the North Shore Knights for the 2nd time this season, in a pair of games originally scheduled to be on the road at two neutral site locations. On Friday the 22nd the TBirds would drop their first home game of the season, losing 4-2 to the Knights in front of 2,263 fans at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds and Annex. Saturday night the Thunderbirds would flip the script on the Knights, winning 3-2 in dramatic fashion. 2,669 were on hand for the game, bringing Carolina’s season total to 15,734, with an average attendance of 2,247.
The Thunderbirds are proud to announce that on Saturday, January 6th, 2018, the team will play a charity game of sled hockey against an all-star team made up of players from North Carolina, including military veterans. The game will be played at 4:35 pm, with the doors opening at 4:15 pm est. This game is free and open to the public, however the Thunderbirds are asking for a suggested donation at the door. The money raised will go towards purchasing sled hockey equipment for use right here in the triad.
Sled hockey was originally invented in the 1960’s by a group of Swedes who wished to play ice hockey despite their physical disabilities. Sled hockey follows most of the typical ice hockey rules with the exception some of the equipment. Players sit in specially designed sleds that sit on top of two hockey skate blades. There are two sticks for each player instead of one and the sticks have metal pics on the butt end for players to propel themselves. Goalies wear basically the same equipment but do make modifications to the glove. Metal picks are sewn into the backside to allow the goalie to maneuver.
The Thunderbirds are very excited to host this game, GM and President of the Thunderbirds Scott Brand commented on the event. “We are truly honored to be able to do something to help grow hockey in the Triad, not just for the traditional hockey players, but for those who love the sport as much as we do but have to overcome challenges to play. We feel anyone should have the chance to play our great sport and anything we can do to help that we will.”
What’s Coming Up
The Carolina Thunderbirds Coaches Show continues Tuesday the 26th from 6-7 pm and you can hear the coaches show on WTOB, “The Big 980” on 980 am and 96.3 fm in Winston-Salem, the flagship station of the Thunderbirds Radio network.
On Thursday, December 28th, the Thunderbirds will take to the road once again to play the Danville Dashers. Game time is slated for 8:00 pm EST, and you can hear the pre-game show on the Thunderbirds Radio Network starting at 7:35 pm est.
Carolina will travel to Danville to play the Dashers on Thursday, December 28th, puck drop is at 8:00 pm EST, with the pregame show starting at 7:35 pm on the Thunderbirds Radio Network. Afterwards the Thunderbirds will return home for a three-game set against the Cornwall Nationals. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, December 29, 30, and 31. Friday’s game is a 7:35 pm puck drop at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds and Annex, and it’s “Frosty Friday”, all Pepsi products and domestic beer will be $2. Saturday’s game is Star Wars Night, and the puck will drop at 6:05 pm. Sunday’s New Years’ Eve game will begin at 8:35 pm, with festivities to follow the game. For tickets and more information please visit www.carolinathunderbirds.com or call 336-774-GOAL(4625).