Team History

PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS TEAM HISTORY

The Portland Winterhawks are one of the elite franchises in all of junior hockey. Since arriving in Portland in 1976, the team has made it to the WHL Championship series 12 times, an average of once every three years.

The team has captured the WHL title three times: in 1982, 1998 and 2013. They’ve also captured two Memorial Cup titles, in 1983 as the host team, and then again in 1998.

The Hawks enjoyed almost immediate success in Portland. In their second season they registered 93 points, the first of six straight season with at least 90 points, including the 1982 league title and 1983 Memorial Cup Championship, which featured future Hall of Famer Cam Neely. It was Neely who registered a hat trick in the 1983 Memorial Cup title game to win the championship on home ice, setting off a wild celebration in Portland.

Head Coach Ken Hodge remained behind the bench until 1993 and amassed a league record 742 career wins. His successor, Brent Peterson, then led the team to a 111-point season in 1997-98, as the Hawks stormed through the WHL en route to the Ed Chynoweth Cup and a Memorial Cup, won on an overtime goal by Bobby Russell. That team featured future NHL stars Marian Hossa, Brenden Morrow and Andrew Ference. 

After lean years in the early and mid-00s, Calgary businessman Bill Gallacher purchased the team, and hired former NHL associate coach Mike Johnston as the team’s General Manager & Head Coach.

The turnaround was dramatic, and in 2011 in just the third season under Johnston, the team won the first of its current four straight Western Conference championships, and in 2013 captured the franchise’s third Ed Chynoweth Cup as league champions, the franchise’s third.

Along with success on the ice, the Winterhawks have also sent numerous players to the NHL, with first round draft picks in four straight years: Ryan Johansen (Columbus Blue Jackets), Nino Niederreiter (NY Islanders, now Minnesota Wild), Sven Bartschi (Calgary Flames), Joe Morrow (Pittsburgh Penguins, now in Boston Bruins organization), Derrick Pouliot (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Seth Jones (Nashville Predators).

When Johnston left to coach the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins, the organization hired longtime NHL assistant coach and two-time Stanley Cup winner Jamie Kompon to replace him. 

1976-77:

Team Record: 36-29-7  (79 points, 3rd place)
Leading Scorer: Tony Currie - 125 points

1977-78:

Western Division Pennant Winners

Team Record: 41-20-11 (93 points,1st place)
Leading Scorer: Wayne Babych - 121 points

Western Division Pennant Winners, Scotty Munro Trophy (WHL's top regular season team), Western Conference Playoff Champions

Team Record: 49-10-13 (111 points, 1st place)
Leading Scorer: Mike Toal - 121 points

1979-80:

Western Division Pennant Winners

Team Record: 53-18-1 (107 points, 1st place) 
Leading Scorer: Tim Tookey - 141 points 

1980-81:

Team Record: 56-15-1 (113 points, 2nd place)
Leading Scorer: Jim Benning - 139 points

1981-82:

 

Western Division Pennant Winners, Western Conference Playoff Champions, Western Hockey League Champions

 Team Record: 46-24-2 (94 points, 1st place West)
Leading Scorer: Ken Yaremchuk - 157 points

1982-83:

Western Division Pennant Winners, Western Conference Playoff Champions, Memorial Cup Champions

Team Record: 50-22-0 (100 points, 1st place West) 
Leading Scorer: Ken Yaremchuk - 160 points

1983-84:

Team Record: 33-39-0 (66 points, 3rd place West) 
Leading Scorer: Grant Sasser - 113 points

1984-85:

Team Record: 27-44-1 (55 points, 4th place West) 
Leading Scorer: Ray Podloski - 138 points

1985-86:

Team Record: 47-24-1 (95 points, 2nd place West)
Leading Scorer: Ray Podloski - 134 points

1986-87:

Western Conference Playoff Champions

Team Record: 47-23-2 (96 points, 2nd place West)
Leading Scorer: Dennis Holland - 113 points

1987-88:

Team Record: 24-45-3 (51 points, last place West) 
Leading Scorer: Troy Mick - 147 points 

1988-89:

Western Division Pennant Winners, Western Conference Playoff Champions

Team Record: 40-28-4 (84 points, 1st place West)
Leading Scorer: Dennis Holland - 167 points 

1989-90:

Team Record: 24-45-3 (51 points, 5th place West) 
Leading Scorer: Scott Mydan - 97 points 

1990-91:

Team Record: 17-53-2 (36 points, 5th place West)
Leading Scorer: Steve Konowalchuk / Scott Mydan - 92 points

1991-92:

Team Record: 31-37-4 (66 points, 5th place West)
Leading Scorer: Steve Konowalchuk - 104 points

1992-93:

Western Division Pennant Winners, Western Conference Playoff Champions

Team Record: 45-24-3 (93 points, 1st place West)
Leading Scorer: Colin Foley - 106 points

1993-94:

Team Record: 49-22-1 (99 points, 2nd place West)
Leading Scorer: Lonny Bohonos - 152 points 

1994-95:

 

Team Record: 23-43-6 (52 points, 6th place West)
Leading Scorer: Richard Zednik - 86 points

 

1995-96:

Team Record: 30-39-3 (63 points, 6th place West)
Leading Scorer: Todd Robinson - 91 points

 

1996-97:

 

Western Division Pennant Winners

Team Record: 46-21-5 (97 points, 1st place West)
Leading Scorer: Todd Robinson - 134 points 

 

1997-98:

 

Western Division Pennant Winners, Scotty Munro Trophy (WHL's top regular season team), Western Conference Playoff Champions, Western Hockey League Champions, Memorial Cup Champions

Team Record: 53-13-5 (111 points, 1st place West)
Leading Scorer: Todd Robinson - 109 points

 

1998-99:

 

Team Record: 23-36-13 (59 points, 5th place West)
Leading Scorer: Brenden Morrow - 85 points

 

1999-2000:

 

Team Record: 16-49-7 (39 points, last place West)
Leading Scorer: Marcel Hossa - 53 points

 

2000-01:

 

Western Conference Playoff Champions

Team Record: 37-27-5-3 (82 points, 2nd place West)
Leading Scorer: Marcel Hossa - 90 points


2001-02:

 

U.S. Division Pennant Winners

Team Record: 36-25-5-6 (83 points, 1st place U.S.)
Leading Scorer: Joe Balej - 92 points


2002-03:

 

Team Record: 19-40-8-5 (51 points, 3rd place U.S.)
Leading Scorer: Richie Regehr - 61 points

 

2003-04:

 

Team Record: 34-29-6-3 (77 points, 2nd place U.S.)
Leading Scorer: Brandon Dubinsky - 78 points

 

2004-05:

 

Team Record: 35-27-5-5 (80 points, 2nd place U.S.)
Leading Scorer: Dan Da Silva - 73 points

 

2005-06:

Team Record: 32-32-3-5 (72 points, 3rd place U.S.)
Leading Scorer: Brandon Dubinsky - 67 points

2006-07:


Team Record: 15-52-1-2 (37 points, 5th place U.S.)
Leading Scorer: Rob Klinkhammer - 42 points


2007-08:

 

Team Record: 11-58-2-1 (25 points, 5th place U.S.)
Leading Scorer: Travis Erhardt - 41 points

 

2008-09:

 

Team Record: 19-48-3-2 (43 points, 5th place U.S.)
Leading Scorer: Chris Francis - 67 points

 

2009-10:

Team Record: 44-25-2-1 (91 points, 4th place U.S.)
Leading Scorer: Chris Francis - 82 points

2010-11:

 

U.S. Division Pennant Winners, Western Conference Champions

Team Record: 50-19-0-3 (103 points, 1st place U.S.)
Leading Scorer: Ryan Johansen - 92 points

2011-12:

 

Western Conference Champions

Team Record: 49-19-3-1 (102 points, 2nd place U.S.)
Leading Scorer: Ty Rattie - 121 points

2012-13:

U.S. Division Pennant Winners, Scotty Munro Trophy (WHL's top regular season team), 
Western Conference Champions, Western Hockey League Champions

Team Record: 57-12-1-2 (117 points, 1st place U.S.)
Leading Scorer: Brendan Leipsic / Nicolas Petan - 120 points 

2013-14:

 

U.S. Division Pennant Winners, Western Conference Champions

Team Record: 54-13-2-3 (113 points, 1st place U.S.)
Leading Scorer: Nicolas Petan - 113 points