Portland Winterhawks Press Release Machine Goes Into Overtime

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The Portland Winterhawks sent out two press releases this weekend to talk about ticketing and the promotion of an Athletic Trainer who lasted just a season before the big promotion. With Rich Campbell working on the COVID 19 restrictions and so on, there was a huge need in having an additional person to assist in making sure there were as many injury-free dates as possible during the short and very condensed season.  Here is that press release: 

Portland, Ore. – The Portland Winterhawks would like to extend the sincerest of congratulations to Assistant Athletic Trainer Trevor Hunt, who officially began a position with the National Football League’s Las Vegas Raiders this week.

Hunt worked with Winterhawks Head Athletic Trainer / Strength & Conditioning Coach Rich Campbell this past season, ensuring the health and safety of all players was at the forefront of all this year’s priorities.

“Without Trevor a lot of what we accomplished this season would not have been possible,” Campbell said.  “We’d like to thank him once again and wish him all the best as he continues to take his career to new heights.”

Fans didn’t see Trevor this season, so his stay is short-lived here in the Rose City. It shows that the WHL develops many though, to have careers outside Junior Hockey. Congrats to Trevor. 

Portland emerges from the pandemic with plans to release new ticketing information. With the past year of no fans and confusion from some on what happens to season ticket holders and others, the Hawks are trying to scramble to get a plan in place for what appears will be the upcoming season. The Winterhawks released a statement to begin addressing those concerns. The WHL is expected to announce the schedule sometime around the end of June or July. It is believed that this schedule will start in October, and rumors are still leaning toward matches only in the Western Conference housing the US and BC Divisions and Eastern Conference with only Central and East Divisions participating. There would then be no “swing.”  There has been talk that with vaccine rates up, that the border could potentially reopen in late June, which would allow some of the players who were trapped during the Pandemic to once again be on their original teams. Here is the Winterhawks press release:

Portland, Ore. – As we prepare to release ticketing information for the upcoming 2021-22 season, we wanted to communicate a few items to our fans.

1) We are planning to play in a full capacity building when our home schedule begins in the fall. We are optimistic given the trajectory of current health and safety protocols that we will be allowed to have all seats filled once again.

2) For ease of scheduling purposes and to err on the side of caution, we are once again planning to play all home games for the upcoming campaign at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

3) We understand that challenges have come to many over the last 16 months. With that being said, we will not be altering any of our ticket package pricing from their pre-pandemic prices. We cannot emphasize enough how much we cannot wait to see you and it is a high priority of ours to make sure that this is not any more difficult.

In regards to questions about attending games in the fall (i.e. masks, vaccinated sections, etc.), we will continue to monitor the situation and more information will be shared as we get closer to the 2021-22 season.

We thank you for your unwavering passion and support and can’t wait to see you again soon.

With the pandemic this past year, there were no doubts that there would be casualties. Yet another has happened, this time in Calgary. Unlike previous press releases, this one remains very stern and short. The concise, terse statement from the Hitmen shows yet another high-level management position needs to be filled: 

Calgary seeks a new Director of Player Personnel.

The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club today announced Director of Player Personnel Dallas Thompson will not be returning next season

We would like to thank Dallas for his contributions to the organization during the past six years and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.

The search for a new Director of Player Personnel will begin immediately.

About Stuart Kemp 230 Articles
Stuart Kemp is the President of the Portland Winterhawks Booster Club since 2008 and has been following hockey from his native Canada since he can remember, though he can't skate, but played road hockey for several years. Loving hockey and professional wrestling, he has traveled to most of the WHL cities and with wrestling, has seen four provinces and five states. It is true that every Canadian city with more than 500 residents has a hockey rink, well at least it looks that way. Stuart has had his hand in every facet of independent Professional wrestling as he debuted as an announcer in 1986 which started his career.

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