Portland Winterhawks

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Portland Winterhawks
Portland Winterhawks Logo.svg
CityPortland, Oregon
LeagueWestern Hockey League
ConferenceWestern
DivisionU.S.
Founded1951, in the WCHL
Home arenaModa Center
Veterans Memorial Coliseum
ColorsRed, white and black
              
General managerMike Johnston
Head coachMike Johnston
ChampionshipsWestern Hockey League Champions (1982, 1998, 2013)
Memorial Cup Champions (1983, 1998)
Websitewww.winterhawks.com
Franchise history
1951–1976Edmonton Oil Kings (WCHL)
19762009Portland Winter Hawks
2009–presentPortland Winterhawks

The Portland Winterhawks are a junior ice hockey team based in Portland, Oregon, playing in the Western Hockey League (WHL), one of three leagues making up the Canadian Hockey League (CHL). The Winterhawks split their home games between the Moda Center (most games) and the Memorial Coliseum. They are one of the most successful teams in terms of producing National Hockey League (NHL) alumni, a list that includes Sven Baertschi, Joe Morrow, Ryan Johansen, Braydon Coburn, Adam Deadmarsh, Rob Klinkhammer, Brandon Dubinsky, Tyler Wotherspoon, Andrew Ference, Paul Gaustad, Jannik Hansen, Marian 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 Ed Chynoweth 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.

History[edit]

Previous owner Brian Shaw was a pioneer in many aspects of junior hockey, moving a team to the United States and championing the host team format of the Memorial Cup.

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 two minutes as they can[citation needed]. This popular promotion has been running for many years. Moreover, 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 the Seattle Thunderbirds.[citation needed]

The Winterhawks wear jerseys similar to those of the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL, 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".

Sven Baertschi previously played for the Winterhawks.

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.

In the 2009–10 season, 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 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 to 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 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 fourth-consecutive Western Conference Championship.

On May 30, 2017, the Winterhawks signed NHL draft pick Kieffer Bellows. On October 1, 2017 the Winterhawks acquired NHL draft pick Dennis Cholowski.

Mascot[edit]

Portland Winterhawks vs. Tri-City Americans, January 24, 2016

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. Tom-A-Hawk announced in January 2019 that he would retire. A new mascot was introduced, Tommy.

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.

Announcers[edit]

The Portland Winterhawks have changed announcers 5 times since 1976. These include: Unknown (1976-1982), Dean "Scooter" Vrooman (1982-2007), Andy Kemper (2004-2018), Todd Vrooman (2007-2017), Evan Richardson (2017-2018), Nick Marek (2018–Present).

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
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
Season GP W L T OTL GF GA Points Finish 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
2014–15 72 43 23 2 4 287 237 92 2nd U.S. Lost Western Conference final
2015–16 72 34 31 6 1 228 227 75 3rd U.S. Lost Western Conference quarter-final
2016–17 72 40 28 1 3 278 256 84 4th U.S. Lost Western Conference semi-final
2017–18 72 44 22 1 5 274 214 94 2nd U.S. Lost Western Conference semi-final
2018–19 68 40 22 3 3 258 210 86 3rd U.S. Lost Western Conference quarter-final

Current roster[edit]

Updated November 28, 2019.[4]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Drafted
27 Denmark Jonas Brøndberg D L 18 2019 Aalborg, Denmark Undrafted
29 Turkey Nick Cicek D L 19 2015 Winnipeg, Manitoba Undrafted
35 United States Isaiah DiLaura G L 19 2019 Elko New Market, Minnesota Undrafted
22 Canada Jaydon Dureau LW L 18 2016 White City, Saskatchewan Undrafted
11 Canada Robbie Fromm-Delorme RW R 17 2017 Richmond, British Columbia Eligible 2020
20 Canada Kishaun Gervais LW L 18 2016 Yorkton, Saskatchewan Eligible 2020
9 Canada Lane Gilliss (A) LW L 20 2016 Calgary, Alberta Undrafted
14 United States Jake Gricius C L 20 2016 Colorado Springs, Colorado Undrafted
58 United States Clay Hanus D L 18 2016 Minnetonka, Minnesota Undrafted
71 United States Cross Hanas LW L 17 2017 Highland Village, Texas Eligible 2020
30 Canada Joel Hofer G L 19 2019 Winnipeg, Manitoba 2018, 107th Overall, STL
24 Canada Seth Jarvis C R 17 2017 Winnipeg, Manitoba Eligible 2020
36 Switzerland Simon Knak RW L 17 2019 Kloten, Switzerland Eligible 2020
18 Canada Tyson Kozak C L 16 2017 Souris, Manitoba Eligible 2021
15 Canada John Ludvig (C) D L 19 2017 Kamloops, British Columbia 2019, 69th Overall, FLA
26 United States Mason Mannek (A) C R 19 2017 Herriman, Utah Undrafted
12 Canada Reece Newkirk (A) C L 18 2016 Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan 2019, 147th Overall, NYI
2 Canada Kade Nolan D L 18 2016 Rouleau, Saskatchewan Undrafted
92 United States Jack O'Brien C L 16 2018 Denver, Colorado Eligible 2021
5 Canada Matthew Quigley (A) D L 20 2016 Chestermere, Alberta Undrafted
23 Canada Kurtis Smythe D L 17 2018 Cloverdale, British Columbia Eligible 2020
13 United States James Stefan RW R 16 2018 Laguna Beach, California Eligible 2021

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
Fewest 1st round draft picks 0 2015–16
Fewest goals for 146 2006–07
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, Winterhawks 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.[5]

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]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-13. Retrieved 2013-03-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Winterhawks' space announces retirement". Portland Winterhawks. 2009-05-09. Retrieved 2011-10-04.
  3. ^ "Hockey team changes nickname ... cleverly". The Oregonian. 2009-05-08. Retrieved 2009-05-09.
  4. ^ "WHL Network". Western Hockey League. Retrieved 2019-06-22.
  5. ^ http://www.columbian.com/news/2013/jan/24/junior-hockey-report-rutkowski-to-set-winterhawks/
  6. ^ https://www.hockey-reference.com/players/c/cunnicr01.html
  7. ^ http://www.espn.com/nhl/player/_/id/3941970

External links[edit]

Media related to Portland Winterhawks at Wikimedia Commons