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Thunderbirds Hockey Challenge this weekend features celebrities, fundraising for Ronald McDonald House

The Seattle Thunderbirds and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington & Alaska announce the names of the celebrities taking part in the Hockey Challenge 2011 Celebrity All-Star Game on Saturday, February 26, at ShoWare Center in Kent.

The national and local celebrities scheduled to appear in the All-Star game include: Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville), Jason Thompson (General Hospital), Cameron Bancroft (24: Day 4, Hockeyville on CBC), Bill Wixey (KCPQ 13 news anchor), Aaron Levine (KCPQ 13 sports anchor), Ian Furness (KJR 950 AM Host), Brad Goode (KING 5 morning news anchor), Christie Johnson (KING 5 morning news reporter) and Steve The Producer (BJ Shea Experience on 99.9 FM KISW).

T-Bird alumni playing in the Celebrity All-Star game include Jamie Huscroft, Regan Mueller, Blake Knox, Lloyd Shaw, Corey Schwab, Brett Duncan and Ryan Gibbons.

A ticket to Hockey Challenge 2011 gives fans access to all Challenge events on each day of the Challenge. Events on Saturday, February 26, include the Celebrity Game and autograph session, all other Challenge games and the T-Birds game that night against the Portland Winterhawks. The Celebrity autograph session starts at 5 p.m. at ShoWare Center and will go until 5:30 p.m. The T-Birds encourage fans to line up early for the autograph session. The Celebrity Game is scheduled to start after the T-Birds game ends.

Hockey Challenge 2011 Schedule

Saturday, February 26

Game 1 - Windows vs. Exchange, 10:35 a.m.

Game 2 - MSFT vs. Concur Technologies, 12:15 p.m.

Game 3 - Interactive Entertainment Business vs. Microsoft Mystery Team, 1:55 p.m.

Game 4 - Windows Live vs. MS IT, 3:35 p.m.

Celebrity Autograph Session - 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on west concourse of ShoWare Center

Game 5 - Seattle Thunderbirds vs. Portland Winterhawks, 6:05 p.m.

Game 6 - Celebrity All-Star Game, immediately following T-Birds/Winterhawks game

Sunday, February 27

Game 1 - Courage Women vs. Heart Women, 9:35 a.m.

Game 2 - Microsoft Spartans vs. Tiny Zamboni Hockey Club, 11:15 a.m.

Game 3 - SQL Server vs. Windows Phone Services, 12:55 p.m.

Game 4 - Amazon.com vs. Shamrocks, 2:35 p.m.

Game 5 - Seattle Thunderbirds vs. Everett Silvertips, 5:05 p.m.

Game 6 - Top Fundraisers Game following T-Birds/Silvertips game

Hockey teams are formed by sponsors that raise money to play in the Challenge. All proceeds from the Challenge directly support operations of the Seattle Ronald McDonald House, which provides a "home-away-from-home" for children and their families during medical treatment, making each day a little easier. In fact, last year the Seattle Ronald McDonald House provided accommodations for approximately 700 families.

Over the past 12 years the Hockey Challenge has raised over $3.9 million for the Seattle Ronald McDonald House.

The T-Birds are expecting a large crowd for the game against the Winterhawks. To purchase single game tickets to this game fans should go to the ShoWare Center box office or go online to the T-Birds website.

T-Birds group tickets are currently also on sale. Group tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.

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