10 Thoughts: with Head Coach Mike Johnston

Ben Ludeman

“10 Thoughts: with Head Coach Mike Johnston” is a new series at, where we sit down with Portland Winterhawks Vice-President, General Manager, and Head Coach Mike Johnston, and discuss some of the most pressing topics regarding the Winterhawks. 

The 2017-18 Winterhawks season officially came to a close just under two weeks ago. Portland recorded 44-wins, the most they’ve had in a single season since 2013-14, and made it to the second-round of the WHL playoffs for the second straight year.

With a busy off-season quickly approaching, we sat down with Head Coach Mike Johnston to discuss the Hawks 2017-18 season, the upcoming WHL Bantam draft, next year’s roster, the importance of billets and plenty more.


1. Overall thoughts on the 2017-18 Winterhawks season? 


2. Your thoughts on the graduating Winterhawks over-age players? 


3. Your thoughts on the current Winterhawks playing in the AHL? 


4. Who do you see being the core of next year’s team? 


5. Which young players do you see making an impact next season? 


6. How do you prepare for the WHL Bantam Draft? 


7. How do you use the WHL Bantam Draft to build your team? 


8. What makes Winterhawks fans the best in the WHL? 


9. How important are billets to the Winterhawks success? 

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10. How do the Winterhawks handle the education of their players? 


Season tickets for the 2018-19 Winterhawks season are officially on-sale now!

CLICK HERE to request more information on purchasing season tickets for next year.

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