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2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Preview – Who Will Survive The First Round?

The puck drops in the 2016 edition of the Stanley Cup Playoffs – one of the most underrated sports tournaments in the country – on Wednesday afternoon. This year, it’s America’s tournament and America’s tournament only. For the first time since 1970, no Canadian teams made the playoffs. Canada’s presence will truly be missed. This […]

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Portland Winterhawks Make Changes At The Top

The Portland Winterhawks, fresh from a four game sweep at the hands of the Everett Silvertips, took just one day to decide that they were looking to a different future. Jamie Kompon, who took over the reigns from Mike Johnston, was relieved of both the general manager and coaching duties in a brief statement on […]


Portland Winterhawks In Playoff Fray … But How Far Will They Go?

The last night of regular season action at the Moda Center, a special guest was in attendance, but not announced in the building, nor promoted. Former Portland Winterhawks Coach and General Manager Mike Johnston visited the Moda Center and attended a road game that the Hawks were playing in. Immediate speculation was that Mike was […]


Portland Winterhawks Need Wake-Up Call Before Third Period

As the playoffs loom ahead, the Portland Winterhawks have had to cope with a nasty weekend that tied them in the standings with the Spokane Chiefs at 73 points. Three regular season games remain, one of which is against the Chiefs and the other two against the Seattle Thunderbirds who have recently clinched the US […]


Portland Winterhawks Weekend Woes – Playoff Spaces Down To The Wire

It was supposed to be a weekend that the Portland Winterhawks would establish a solid grip on the US Division standings and be secure in a third place finish. Their weekend was about as opposite to that as could be. Things started off rough for Portland as they struggled against a Vancouver Giants team that […]

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Three New Players, Emerging Roster Strategy For The Portland Winterhawks

Amidst a yo-yoing late season performance rate, the Portland Winterhawks have spent the last several weeks looking ahead to the 2016-2017 season. Some call this season a rebuilding year, others prefer to call it a “restructuring” year. The latter term implies that rather than try to duplicate the star offensive lines and veteran defensive pairs of the […]


Portland Winterhawks Get Clipped By Tips As Playoff Race Grows Tighter

The Portland Winterhawks didn’t make their case for a playoff spot as they dropped a 3-2 decision to the Silvertips in Everett, Washington. The Hawks fell behind the eight ball early as they gave up two goals in the first period and another in the second and appeared to be on their way to a […]


Down To The Wire, Where Do The Portland Winterhawks End The Season?

The Portland Winterhawks continue to chew up a bit of real estate in their quest to be a part of the 2015/16 playoff picture. Only seven games remain and the race in the US Division is tighter than ever. Unless both the Everett Silvertips and Seattle Thunderbirds tank in their remaining games, Portland at best, […]


Portland Winterhawks Swing Through Alberta With Wins And Injuries

With six games and 2,500 miles under their belt, the Portland Winterhawks find that they are no closer to nailing down a playoff spot than they were at the start of the monstrous tour. The Hawks won seven of a possible twelve points, taking 3 wins, (one in overtime), 2 regulation losses and an overtime […]


Portland Winterhawks In Crunch Time As Playoffs Loom

Crunch time is upon everyone as it pertains to the final four weeks of the WHL regular season. With about 16 games left in the regular season, only one team has been mathematically eliminated from postseason. The remaining games for each club now take on a much more urgent nature and urgency is at the […]

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Portland Winterhawks Drop Two, Win One, But Stay In Hunt

This week in the Western Hockey League has been nothing but turmoil for several teams as crunch time closes in for the playoffs. Very little was decided during the week, despite a plethora of games being played. For the Portland Winterhawks, a heartbreaking loss midweek followed by an emotional win and another tough loss, left […]


Portland Winterhawks’ Wings Clipped In Weekend Games

Just over twenty games are left in the regular season and the US Division is no closer to determining its champion, let alone its divisional representatives. With only ten points separating first and fourth place and over forty points per team still available to be had, the race is certain to be undecided until the […]


Playoff Drive Hits Its Peak For Portland Winterhawks

As the season hits the two-thirds point, the run to the playoffs kicks into high gear. Portland fans who have been accustomed to relatively smooth playoff runs for the past several years are seeing a less-than-easy placement into a playoff position. With the WHL off for the week, Portland is able to assess where it […]


Portland Winterhawks Picking Up Steam, Go 2 For 3 In This Week’s Action

As the trade deadline approached, the Portland Winterhawks sat in eighth place with the Tri-City Americans and Vancouver Giants making things a bit uncomfortable in the standings. Fast forward to this week and Portland has managed to put some distance between those two teams and has suddenly vaulted into third in the US Division. The […]