T-Birds left wing makes second appearance for Latvia at annual tournament


December 18, 2012, KENT (ISN) Seattle Thunderbirds general manager Russ Farwell today announced left wing Roberts Lipsbergs has joined Team Latvia for the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.

Latvia is in Group A along with Sweden, Finland, Switzerland and the Czech Republic at the World Junior Championship. Group B consists of the United States, Canada, Russia, Germany and Slovakia.

The Preliminary Rounds of the tournament take place from December 26 to December 31. Relegation and Playoff Rounds take place from January 2 to January 5.

Lipsbergs is currently tied for the team lead in scoring with 32 points on 17 goals and 15 assists. He has 15 goals and seven assists in the last 15 games which includes an 11-game point streak, the longest point streak of the season so far for a T-Bird.

He was selected in the first round, 60th overall, in the 2012 Import Draft. Last season he played 58 games for HK Riga in the Russian Junior League and had 28 points on 14 goals and 14 assists.

Lipsbergs represented Latvia at the 2012 World Junior Championship in Calgary and Edmonton. He had two goals and an assist in six games. He also played for Latvia at the U-18 World Championships this past summer. In six games Lipsbergs had four goals and two penalty minutes. He was an assistant captain for Team Latvia at the U-18 tournament.

The T-Birds take on the Tri-City Americans on Tuesday at 7:05pm at ShoWare Center. They are then off for nine days before returning to the ice on Friday, December 28, for the first game of a home-and-home series with the Everett Silvertips. They face the Silvertips at 7:35pm at ShoWare Center. They are at Comcast Arena in Everett on Saturday, December 29, at 7:05pm to take on the Silvertips.

The T-Birds Holiday Ticket Package is back! 24 ticket voucher and 12 ticket voucher packages for Thunderbirds home games in 2013 are now available online. T-Birds Holiday Ticket Packages can also be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting