The WHL Board of Governors voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the sale and transfer of ownership of the Seattle Thunderbirds from Russ Farwell and his ownership group to Dan and Lindsey Leckelt, co-CEOs of Silent-Aire. The Leckelt brothers are the co-owners of Silent-Aire, an engineering and data center equipment manufacturing company with operations in Edmonton, Phoenix, Seattle, Virginia and Dublin, Ireland.
Farwell and his ownership group have owned the WHL’s Thunderbirds franchise since 2002 and have operated out of the accesso ShoWare Center in Kent since 2009. The ownership change also requires approval of the City of Kent with respect to the arena license agreement. Farwell and vice president Colin Campbell will remain with the Thunderbirds and will continue to be responsible for the hockey and business management of the franchise.
The Leckelts, who are graduates of the University of Alberta with civil and mechanical engineering degrees, took over the leadership and strategic direction of Edmonton-based Silent-Aire in early 2000. Silent-Aire engineers and manufactures custom HVAC solutions for data centers, institutions and industrial facilities and has over 900 employees worldwide.
• Hudson Elynuik scored with three seconds remaining as the Spokane Chiefs edged the visiting Everett Silvertips 5-4 in a WHL game.
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Connor Dewar had a natural hat trick for the Silvertips, scoring twice in the second period and once in the third to give Everett a 3-2 lead.
Taylor Ross and Tyson Helgesen scored two minutes apart in the third to give Spokane a 4-3 lead. Riley Sutter answered for Everett just 1:24 later.
The Silvertips had plenty of odd-man chances, going 2 for 10 on the power play. Spokane was 0 for 3.
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Morrison joins Tom Hudson courtside for all home and away games on the network.
• The team of PGA Professional Jeff Gove with amateur Darren Slackman of The Creek at Qualchan (Spokane) lead the PNW Pro-Amateur Championship at Palouse Ridge in Pullman by one stroke after firing scores of 11-under 61.