|League||Western Hockey League|
|Home arena||Veterans Memorial Coliseum|
|Colors||Red, white, black, gold and silver |
|General manager||Mike Johnston|
|Head coach||Mike Johnston|
|Championships||Ed Chynoweth Cup|
3 (1983, 1998, 2013)
2 (1983, 1998)
|1950-1976||Edmonton Oil Kings|
|1976-2009||Portland Winter Hawks|
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). Prior to the 2021-22 season, the Winterhawks split their home games between the Memorial Coliseum and the Moda Center, which they shared with the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
The Winterhawks are one of the most successful teams in terms of producing National Hockey League (NHL) alumni, a list that includes Sven Baertschi, Joe Morrow, Seth Jarvis, Ryan Johansen, Braydon Coburn, Adam Deadmarsh, Rob Klinkhammer, Brandon Dubinsky, Tyler Wotherspoon, Andrew Ference, Paul Gaustad, Jannik Hansen, Seth Jones, Brenden Morrow, Nino Niederreiter, Mike Vernon, Glen Wesley and Hall of Famers Mark Messier, Marian Hossa and Cam Neely.
The Winterhawks were founded in 1950 as the Edmonton Oil Kings. The franchise moved to Portland on June 11, 1976. The team, owned by Brian C. Shaw, made the move citing a much cheaper stadium deal in Portland along with low attendance due to the presence of a professional team in Edmonton. In their first season in Portland, the club would lose 7-2 to a travelling Russian club in an exhibition match watched by more than 5,000. Following the relocation to Portland, the Winterhawks became the southernmost franchise in the Canadian Hockey League.
The Winterhawks were 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. 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.
Prior to their 2021 rebranding, the Winterhawks wore jerseys with a logo 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".
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.
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.
The franchise filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy in May 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Winterhawks were financially stable, but owner Bill Gallacher had to sell the franchise in order to repay other debts.
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.
The WHL Board of Governors has approved Winterhawks Sports Group (WSG) as the new owners of the Portland Winterhawks franchise effective January 1, 2021. WSG is led by Michael Kramer and Kerry Preete, who will also be the managing partners. Along with the Winterhawks franchise, WSG has also acquired the operations of the Winterhawks Skating Center in Beaverton, OR and all Winterhawks Junior Hockey programs.
Prior to the start of the 2021-22 WHL season, the Winterhawks ownership announced the team would be returning to Veterans Memorial Coliseum full-time.
The Portland Winterhawks have changed announcers 5 times since 1976. These include; Cliff Zauner (1976-1982), Dean "Scooter" Vrooman (1982-2007), Andy Kemper (2004-2018), Todd Vrooman (2007-2017), Evan Richardson (2017-2018), Nick Marek (2018-present).
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
|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|
|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|
|2019-20||63||45||11||3||4||270||164||97||1st U.S.||No playoffs due to COVID-19 pandemic|
|2020-21||24||13||8||3||0||96||72||29||2nd U.S.||No playoffs were held|
Updated February 15, 2021.
|27||Jonas Brondberg||D||L||20||2019||Aalborg, Denmark||Undrafted|
|29||Nick Cicek||D||L||21||2015||Winnipeg, Manitoba||Undrafted|
|22||Jaydon Dureau||LW||L||20||2016||White City, Saskatchewan||2020, 147th Overall, TBL|
|11||Robbie Fromm-Delorme||RW||R||19||2017||Richmond, British Columbia||Undrafted|
|20||Kishaun Gervais||LW||L||19||2016||Yorkton, Saskatchewan||Undrafted|
|31||Dante Giannuzzi||G||L||19||2017||Winnipeg, Manitoba||Undrafted|
|--||Brock Gould||G||L||19||2021||Colorado Springs, Colorado||Undrafted|
|58||Clay Hanus||D||L||20||2016||Minnetonka, Minnesota||Undrafted|
|71||Cross Hanas||LW||L||19||2017||Highland Village, Texas||2020, 55th Overall, DET|
|24||Seth Jarvis||C||R||19||2017||Winnipeg, Manitoba||2020, 13th Overall, CAR|
|16||Gabe Klassen||LW||L||18||2018||Prince Albert, Saskatchewan||Eligible 2021|
|36||Simon Knak||RW||L||19||2019||Kloten, Switzerland||Undrafted|
|18||Tyson Kozak||C||L||18||2017||Souris, Manitoba||Eligible 2021|
|15||John Ludvig (C)||D||L||21||2017||Kamloops, British Columbia||2019, 69th Overall, FLA|
|26||Mason Mannek (A)||C||R||21||2017||Herriman, Utah||Undrafted|
|12||Reece Newkirk (A)||C||L||20||2016||Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan||2019, 147th Overall, NYI|
|2||Kade Nolan||D||L||20||2016||Rouleau, Saskatchewan||Undrafted|
|92||Jack O'Brien||C||L||18||2018||Denver, Colorado||Eligible 2021|
|23||Kurtis Smythe||D||L||19||2018||Cloverdale, British Columbia||Undrafted|
|13||James Stefan||RW||R||18||2018||Laguna Beach, California||Eligible 2021|
|Team records for a single season|
|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|
|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|
|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.
List of Portland Winterhawks alumni who have graduated to play in the National Hockey League.
bold = member of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Players chosen in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft:
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