Portland Winterhawks

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Portland Winterhawks
Portland Winterhawks Logo.svg
City Portland, Oregon
League Western Hockey League
Conference Western
Division U.S.
Founded 1951, in the WCHL
Home arena Moda Center
Memorial Coliseum
Colors red, white and black
              
General manager Canada Jamie Kompon
Head coach Canada Jamie Kompon
Championships Western Hockey League Champions (1982, 1998, 2013)
Memorial Cup Champions (1983, 1998)

Website
www.winterhawks.com
Franchise history
1951–1976 Portland Buckaroos
19762009 Portland Winter Hawks
2009–present Portland Winterhawks

The Portland Winterhawks are a major junior ice hockey team based in Portland, Oregon, playing in the Western Hockey League, which is one of 3 leagues that make up the Canadian Hockey League. They split their home games between the Moda Center and the Memorial Coliseum. They are one of the most successful teams in terms of NHL alumni, including Sven Bärtschi, Ryan Johansen, Braydon Coburn, Adam Deadmarsh, Brandon Dubinsky, Andrew Ference, Paul Gaustad, Jannik Hansen, Marián Hossa, Seth Jones, Brenden Morrow, Nino Niederreiter, Mike Vernon, Glen Wesley and Hall of Famers Mark Messier and Cam Neely.

The Winterhawks have won the President's Cup three times and the Memorial Cup twice in five appearances (1982, 1983, 1986, 1998, 2013). The team has been in Portland since 1976–77, when it moved from Edmonton, Alberta. While known as the Edmonton Oil Kings, the team won the Memorial Cup twice and was runner-up seven times.

History[edit]

Previous owner Brian Shaw was a pioneer in many aspects of Junior Hockey, not only moving a team to the United States for the first time, but also is credited with designing the current CHL championship format of the champion from each of the three leagues (WHL, OHL, and QMJHL) as well as a host-city team competing for the Memorial Cup. Portland won the Memorial Cup in 1983 and 1998.

The Winterhawks were also pioneers of promotion and are credited with the invention of the "Dash for Cash," in which contestants are picked to run onto the ice and try to scoop up as many silver dollars in 2 minutes as they can[citation needed]. This popular promotion has been running for many years. Also, in late November/early December, they hold their annual teddy bear toss, in which fans throw teddy bears on the ice at the first Portland goal, which are then donated to local children's charities. On December 6, 2008, fans threw out 22,392 teddy bears after Luke Walker scored Portland's first goal against Seattle.[citation needed]

The Winterhawks wear jerseys similar to those of the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League, causing some to erroneously assume that the Winterhawks are a minor league farm team of the Blackhawks. In actuality, the jerseys originally worn by the first Winterhawks team were a used set of Chicago jerseys obtained through connections between the owners of the two teams. In early photos, the old Chicago jerseys are identifiable by the letter C with crossed tomahawks on the shoulder crest. The Winterhawks eventually changed the C to a P.

The Portland-Chicago connection runs deeper, as the Blackhawks were founded in 1926 by Frederic McLaughlin, who simply bought the contracts of most of the members of the Portland Rosebuds and brought them to Chicago.

Over the past two decades, the Winterhawks have worn several unique alternate jerseys, one of which is black with a red and white Portland skyline and the word PORTLAND around the bottom hem. In recent years, they wore a white alternate jersey loosely based on a Montreal Canadiens jersey. Instead of the Canadiens' 'CH' logo, the jersey had the word PORTLAND in outlined letters across the front stripe, and the Canadiens' blue accents were replaced with black. Other special alternate jerseys have included annual tributes to the Portland Buckaroos, and jerseys with pink ribbons on the shoulders for breast cancer awareness.

In 2009-10, the Winterhawks introduced an alternate "Hawk Eyes" logo as part of a new advertising campaign that featured lightning flashes on a mottled black background and the SMS-style words, "LOC8, NTMD8, DVST8" (read: "locate, intimidate, devastate"). In 2010-11, an alternate Hawk Head logo was added, with a similar design as the Blackhawks logo, but featuring only the three team colors: red, white, and black. A new third jersey was also created with the Hawk Eyes on the front over stylized, mottled black fabric throughout; player names, numbers and accents are in gunmetal gray, and the new tri-color Hawk Head is featured as the shoulder patch.

On November 28, 2012 the WHL announced sanctions against the Portland Winterhawks for a series of player benefits violations over the four previous seasons. As punishment for the violations WHL commissioner Ron Robison suspended the team from participation in the first five rounds of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft and forfeiture of their first round picks from the 2014-2017 WHL Bantam Drafts and were fined $200,000. The WHL also suspended General Manager and Head Coach Mike Johnston for the remainder of the 2012–13 WHL season including the 2013 WHL playoffs.[1]

On May 12, 2013 The Winterhawks defeated The Edmonton Oil Kings 5-1 in game 6 to become the 2012–13 WHL Champions. On April 25, 2014 The Winterhawks defeated the Kelowna Rockets 7-3 to win their 4th consecutive Western Conference Championship

Mascot[edit]

The team mascot of the Winterhawks is a white bird with multicolored tail and wing feathers, named Tom-A-Hawk. Tom-A-Hawk was introduced in 1999–2000. He wears jersey number 00. Tom-A-Hawk's main rival is Cool Bird of the Seattle Thunderbirds.

Name change[edit]

The team was known as the Winter Hawks until May 2009, when it issued a press release that "the space...announced its retirement" and that the team was renaming itself the Winterhawks.[2][3]

Current ownership[edit]

Bill Gallacher, a Calgary businessman, purchased the team in October 2008.

Season-by-season record[edit]

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA Points Finish Playoffs
1976–77 72 36 29 7 - 359 294 79 3rd West Lost semi-final
1977–78 72 41 20 11 - 361 296 93 1st West Eliminated in West Division round robin
1978–79 72 49 10 13 - 432 265 111 1st West Lost final
1979–80 72 53 18 1 - 398 293 107 1st West Eliminated in West Division round robin
1980–81 72 56 15 1 - 443 266 113 2nd West Lost West Division final
1981–82 72 46 24 2 - 380 323 94 1st West Won championship
1982–83 72 50 22 0 - 495 387 100 1st West Lost final; Won Memorial Cup
1983–84 72 33 39 0 - 430 449 66 3rd West Lost West Division final
1984–85 72 27 44 1 - 365 442 55 4th West Lost West Division semi-final
1985–86 72 47 24 1 - 438 348 95 2nd West Lost West Division final; Memorial Cup host
1986–87 72 47 23 2 - 439 355 96 2nd West Lost final
1987–88 72 24 45 3 - 328 449 51 6th West Out of playoffs
1988–89 72 40 28 4 - 408 395 84 1st West Lost final
1989–90 72 24 45 3 - 322 426 51 5th West Out of playoffs
1990–91 72 17 53 2 - 298 450 36 5th West Out of playoffs
1991–92 72 31 37 4 - 314 342 66 5th West Lost West Division quarter-final
1992–93 72 45 24 3 - 343 275 93 1st West Lost final
1993–94 72 49 22 1 - 392 260 99 2nd West Lost West Division final
1994–95 72 23 43 6 - 240 308 52 6th West Lost West Division semi-final
1995–96 72 30 39 3 - 283 301 63 6th West Lost West Division quarter-final
1996–97 72 46 21 5 - 300 196 97 1st West Lost West Division quarter-final
1997–98 72 53 14 5 - 342 203 111 1st West Won championship and Memorial Cup
1998–99 72 23 36 13 - 215 278 59 5th West Lost West Division quarter-final
1999–00 72 16 49 7 0 173 296 39 7th West Out of playoffs
2000–01 72 37 27 5 3 254 237 82 2nd West Lost final
2001–02 72 36 25 5 6 269 243 83 1st U.S. Lost Western Conference quarter-final
2002–03 72 19 40 8 5 192 243 51 3rd U.S. Lost Western Conference quarter-final
2003–04 72 34 29 6 3 199 206 77 2nd U.S. Lost Western Conference quarter-final
2004–05 72 35 27 5 5 204 198 80 2nd U.S. Lost Western Conference quarter-final
Season GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Points Finish Playoffs
2005–06 72 32 32 3 5 204 258 72 3rd U.S. Lost Western Conference semi-final
2006–07 72 17 52 1 2 146 316 37 5th U.S. Out of playoffs
2007–08 72 11 58 2 1 132 318 25 5th U.S. Out of playoffs
2008–09 72 19 48 3 2 176 288 43 5th U.S. Out of playoffs
2009–10 72 44 25 2 1 266 241 91 4th U.S. Lost Western Conference semi-final
2010–11 72 50 19 0 3 303 227 103 1st U.S. Lost final
2011–12 72 49 19 3 1 328 229 102 2nd U.S. Lost final
2012–13 72 57 12 1 2 334 169 117 1st U.S. Won championship; Lost Memorial Cup final
2013–14 72 54 13 2 3 338 207 113 1st U.S. Lost final

Current roster[edit]

Note: S/G = Shoots/Glove, LW = Left Wing, RW = Right Wing, C = Center, D = Defenceman, G = Goaltender, R = Right, L = Left

Updated November 5, 2013 http://www.winterhawks.com/roster/index/team/41/season/last

Forwards:

  1. Player Position Shoots Height Weight DOB Home town

3 Ethan Price RW R 5'10 182 17-Jan-97 Lincoln, NE
7 Paul Bittner LW L 6'4 195 4-Nov-96 Crookston, MN
9 Chase De Leo C L 5'10 175 25-Oct-95 La Mirada, CA
11 Adam De Champlain C L 6'1 179 15-Feb-94 Sherwood Park, AB
12 Presten Kopeck C L 6'0 170 26-Jan-95 Medicine Hat, AB
13 Keegan Iverson C R 6'0 216 5-Apr-96 St. Louis Park, MN
14 Shane McColgan C R 5'9 170 1-Jan-93 Manhattan Beach, CA
17 Adam Rossignol C L 6'0 191 16-Oct-93 Surrey, BC
19 Nicolas Petan C L 5'9 173 22-Mar-95 Delta, BC
20 Taylor Leier (Captain) LW L 5'11 177 15-Feb-94 Saskatoon, SK
22 Alex Schoenborn RW R 6'1 194 12-Dec-95 Minot, ND
23 Dominic Turgeon C L 6'2 196 25-Feb-96 Cherry Hills, CO
27 Oliver Bjorkstrand RW R 6'0 169 10-Apr-95 Herning, Denmark
28 Brendan Leipsic C L 5'10 177 19-May-94 Winnipeg, MB
41 Steven Alldridge LW L 6'3 200 8-Jun-96 Inuvik, NWT

Defencemen:
2 Anton Cederholm D L 6'2 214 21-Feb-95 Helsingborn, Sweden
4 Josh Hanson D R 6'3 206 14-Jan-94 Eagle River, AK
6 Shaun MacPherson D L 6'0 200 26-Feb-94 Edmonton, AB
18 Garrett Haar D L 6'0 208 16-Aug-93 Huntington Beach, CA
42 Layne Viveiros D L 6'0 194 4-Aug-95 St. Albert, AB
44 Keoni Texeira D L 6'0 194 24-Mar-97 Fontana, CA
51 Derrick Pouliot D L 6'0 203 16-Jan-94 Weyburn, SK

Goalies:
1 Brendan Burke G L 6'4 185 11-Mar-95 Scottsdale, AZ
30 Corbin Boes G L 6'3 224 18-Jul-93 Saskatoon, SK
31 Adin Hill G L 6'3 177 11-May-96 Calgary, AB

Championships[edit]

WHL Championship history[edit]

Memorial cup finals history[edit]

  • 1983: Win, 8-3 vs Oshawa
  • 1998: Win, 4-3 OT vs Guelph
  • 2013: loss, 4-6 vs Halifax

Team records[edit]

Team records for a single season
Statistic Total Season
Most points 117 2012–13
Most wins 57 2012–13
Most goals for 495 1982–83
Least goals for 146 2006–07
Least goals against 169 2012–13
Most goals against 450 1990–91
Individual player records for a single season
Statistic Player Total Season
Most goals Randy Heath; Dennis Holland 82 1982–83; 1988–89
Most assists Jim Benning 111 1980–81
Most points Dennis Holland 167 1988–89
Most points, rookie Cam Neely 120 1982–83
Most points, defenceman Jim Benning 139 1980–81
Best GAA (Goalie) Blake Grenier 2.06 2004–05
Goalies = minimum 1500 minutes played
Individual player records for a career
Statistic Player Total Season
Most games played Troy Rutkowski 351 2012–13
Most goals Dennis Holland 179
Most assists Todd Robinson 325
Most points Todd Robinson 470
Most points, defenceman
Best GAA (Goalie) Mac Carruth 2.85
Goalies = minimum 1500 minutes played

During the 2012–13 season, Winterhawk's captain Troy Rutkowski established the new team record for most regular games played as a Winterhawk. His career total of 351 games surpassed the previous mark of 328 games set by Kevin Haupt in the 1998–99 season.[4]

NHL alumni[edit]

List of Portland Winterhawks alumni who have graduated to play in the National Hockey League.

bold = member of the Hockey Hall of Fame

First round draft picks[edit]

Players chosen in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft:

References[edit]

External links[edit]