Portland Winterhawks

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Portland Winterhawks
Portland Winterhawks Logo.svg
CityPortland, Oregon
LeagueWestern Hockey League
Founded1951, in the WCHL
Home arenaModa Center
Memorial Coliseum
Colorsred, white and black
General managerCanada Jamie Kompon
Head coachCanada Jamie Kompon
ChampionshipsWestern Hockey League Champions (1982, 1998, 2013)
Memorial Cup Champions (1983, 1998)

Franchise history
1951–1976Portland Buckaroos
19762009Portland Winter Hawks
2009–presentPortland Winterhawks
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Portland Winterhawks
Portland Winterhawks Logo.svg
CityPortland, Oregon
LeagueWestern Hockey League
Founded1951, in the WCHL
Home arenaModa Center
Memorial Coliseum
Colorsred, white and black
General managerCanada Jamie Kompon
Head coachCanada Jamie Kompon
ChampionshipsWestern Hockey League Champions (1982, 1998, 2013)
Memorial Cup Champions (1983, 1998)

Franchise history
1951–1976Portland Buckaroos
19762009Portland Winter Hawks
2009–presentPortland 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.


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


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

1976–777236297-359294793rd WestLost semi-final
1977–7872412011-361296931st WestEliminated in West Division round robin
1978–7972491013-4322651111st WestLost final
1979–807253181-3982931071st WestEliminated in West Division round robin
1980–817256151-4432661132nd WestLost West Division final
1981–827246242-380323941st WestWon championship
1982–837250220-4953871001st WestLost final; Won Memorial Cup
1983–847233390-430449663rd WestLost West Division final
1984–857227441-365442554th WestLost West Division semi-final
1985–867247241-438348952nd WestLost West Division final; Memorial Cup host
1986–877247232-439355962nd WestLost final
1987–887224453-328449516th WestOut of playoffs
1988–897240284-408395841st WestLost final
1989–907224453-322426515th WestOut of playoffs
1990–917217532-298450365th WestOut of playoffs
1991–927231374-314342665th WestLost West Division quarter-final
1992–937245243-343275931st WestLost final
1993–947249221-392260992nd WestLost West Division final
1994–957223436-240308526th WestLost West Division semi-final
1995–967230393-283301636th WestLost West Division quarter-final
1996–977246215-300196971st WestLost West Division quarter-final
1997–987253145-3422031111st WestWon championship and Memorial Cup
1998–9972233613-215278595th WestLost West Division quarter-final
1999–0072164970173296397th WestOut of playoffs
2000–0172372753254237822nd WestLost final
2001–0272362556269243831st U.S.Lost Western Conference quarter-final
2002–0372194085192243513rd U.S.Lost Western Conference quarter-final
2003–0472342963199206772nd U.S.Lost Western Conference quarter-final
2004–0572352755204198802nd U.S.Lost Western Conference quarter-final
2005–0672323235204258723rd U.S.Lost Western Conference semi-final
2006–0772175212146316375th U.S.Out of playoffs
2007–0872115821132318255th U.S.Out of playoffs
2008–0972194832176288435th U.S.Out of playoffs
2009–1072442521266241914th U.S.Lost Western Conference semi-final
2010–11725019033032271031st U.S.Lost final
2011–12724919313282291022nd U.S.Lost final
2012–13725712123341691171st U.S.Won championship; Lost Memorial Cup final
2013–14725413233382071131st 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


  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

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

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


WHL Championship history[edit]

Memorial cup finals history[edit]

Team records[edit]

Team records for a single season
Most points1172012–13
Most wins572012–13
Most goals for4951982–83
Least goals for1462006–07
Least goals against1692012–13
Most goals against4501990–91
Individual player records for a single season
Most goalsRandy Heath; Dennis Holland821982–83; 1988–89
Most assistsJim Benning1111980–81
Most pointsDennis Holland1671988–89
Most points, rookieCam Neely1201982–83
Most points, defencemanJim Benning1391980–81
Best GAA (Goalie)Blake Grenier2.062004–05
Goalies = minimum 1500 minutes played
Individual player records for a career
Most games playedTroy Rutkowski3512012–13
Most goalsDennis Holland179
Most assistsTodd Robinson325
Most pointsTodd Robinson470
Most points, defenceman
Best GAA (Goalie)Mac Carruth2.85
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:


External links[edit]