Portland Winterhawks Alumni Association
In May 2009 the Portland Winterhawks formed an Alumni Association with the dual purpose of honoring the team’s past, while also reaching out to former players and coaches to get them involved in the team’s promotional and charitable events. Along with former Winterhawks players and coaches, former Portland Buckaroos also play a big role in the Alumni Association.
Many of the Alumni Association’s fundraising efforts benefit the Winterhawks Amateur Hockey Association (WAHA), whose mission is to grow and develop amateur hockey for all ages in the Portland/Vancouver area.
Heading up the Portland Winterhawks Alumni Association as co-chairs are former player and head coach Mike Williamson and longtime broadcaster Dean “Scooter” Vrooman.
Williamson spent 15 years with the Winterhawks as a player and coach. He played for the Winterhawks from 1991-94 and registered 10 goals and 41 assists for 51 total points in 204 games. Williamson then spent numerous years as an assistant coach, including the 1998 Memorial Cup season, and later served as head coach for 531 games, during which time he compiled a record of 219 wins, 248 losses, 33 overtime/shootout losses and 31 ties.
“I’m glad to be able to be part of it. There’s a strong tradition and history involved with the Winterhawks and it’s nice that we’re going to be able to tie together some of the former people involved with the team, and people going through the program right now,” says Williamson.
Vrooman is also a Winterhawks institution, having served as the play-by-play voice of the team for 25 years before stepping away after the 2006-07 season. Vrooman called the action for two Memorial Cup-winning teams, and was as popular with the fans as any player who ever put on a Winterhawks uniform.
“It’s an honor to be working with Mike Williamson on connecting over 30 years of really good hockey players who have a lot of great memories of playing in Portland,” says Vrooman. “We’ve always wanted to do this and we’re looking forward to getting everybody involved in raising money for a really great cause of building participation in hockey in the city.”
“With the Winterhawks and Buckaroos, Portland has a storied hockey history, and bringing our legends back into the fold is long overdue,” says Portland Winterhawks President Doug Piper. “Mike and Dean have 40 years of combined experience with the Winterhawks and continue to keep in close touch with many alumni, and their relationships with those players and coaches will be a great asset to the association.”
Are you a former Winterhawks player who'd like to reconnect with the organization? Contact Andrea Blaesing at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about upcoming Alumni Association events.