Mike Johnston

Portland Seeks A New Coach For The Winterhawks

The Mike Johnston era in Portland is officially over. Speculation over the past few weeks with two NHL coaching vacancies led to speculation that Johnston was heavily included in the mix. Owner Bill Gallacher had acknowledged that he would not stand in the way of Mike should a pro deal come about. This season, there […]

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Portland Winterhawks Dethrone Royals, Advance To The Next Round

From the start of the series, many felt Portland would hand it to Victoria, sweep the series and move onto Kelowna and go to the WHL Finals. It took a loss in game three to make fans realize that Victoria was going to be a tough one. When the Hawks won game four to split […]

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Portland Winterhawks Crown The Royals, Lead Series 2-0

The Portland Winterhawks have gone into the playoffs with high expectations and questions about if they can repeat like they did last season when they went all the way to the Memorial Cup Final. In the six games they have played in the post-season, the Hawks have answered with a resounding yes. Victoria was to […]

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Portland Winterhawks Look To A Royal Welcoming

The Portland Winterhawks entered the second season also known as the playoffs with yet another thing to prove. Their run at the Memorial Cup fell a bit short last season and they’d like to make up for that. Having another solid season, coupled with a run of 31 wins in the past 32 games doesn’t […]

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Giant Slayers – Portland Winterhawks Sweep Series With Vancouver

The Portland Winterhawks came into the 2013/14 playoffs with just one loss in nearly three months and eyes towards a return to the championship round that ended in heartbreak last year. To get there, the Hawks would have to get past their first round opponent in the Vancouver Giants. While Portland was going in with […]


Portland Winterhawks Roll Onto The Playoffs

The Portland Winterhawks ended the regular season with just one loss in nearly three months and a 54 win season. It's their third such mark having had 57 last year and 50 three years back. Under General Manager and Coach Mike Johnston, the Hawks have won at least 40 games each season and have picked […]


Portland Winterhawks Win Division

Leading into last weekend, the Portland Winterhawks picked up win number 21 versus Spokane with a 2-0 win over the Chiefs, but ran into a roadblock against the Seattle Thunderbirds the following night. The streak ended with a 4-1 loss in what might be thought as an uninspired performance. Corbin Boes would suffer his first […]


Portland Winterhawks Win The Weekend, Push Streak To 20

The Portland Winterhawks have done something this season they didn't do last season even though they made it to the Memorial Cup Final. After playing a three game in three night grueling set of games, the Hawks find themselves just three points out of top spot in the league and an astounding 20-game winning streak.  […]


Portland Winterhawks Taking Down Teams, Extend Winning Streak To 17

It's almost old hat: Winterhawks play, Winterhawks win. For seventeen straight games, that's what Winterhawks broadcaster Todd Vrooman has said and there seems to be no signs of letting up. The Hawks finished their road trip this past weekend with a pair of 7-4 wins over last place Kamloops Blazers and sixth place Vancouver Giants. […]


Winning Oregon’s Cultural Competition – Who Said It Was A Game?

Every business, institution, and individual have at least this in common: If you've heard of them, they matter. They're doing something right. To what degree they matter is the next question, which often depends on branding. Consider sports branding as a current model for success. Not everyone understands, or enjoys, a rabid fan base but the numbers don't lie. […]


The Portland Winterhawks Winning Streak Continues

The Portland Winterhawks had just barely finished their game this past Saturday night when the bus pulled into the lot at Veterans Memorial Coliseum and loaded up for a 700 plus mile trip to Prince George, BC. The Hawks were there to play the recently hot Prince George Cougars, who had won six straight going […]