Portland Winterhawks Hall of Fame Profile: Grant Sasser

Brent Wojahn

Grant Sasser and three of his teammates from the 1983 Memorial Cup championship team will be inducted into the Winterhawks Hall of Fame on March 18.


Sasser will be joined by Randy Heath, Cam Neely, and Ken Yaremchuck in the Winterhawks 2023 Hall of Fame class.

Sasser played three seasons in Portland from 1981 to 1984 and played in two Memorial Cups with the Winterhawks. The Portland, Ore. native registered back-to-back 40+ goal and 100+ point seasons before wrapping up his Hawks tenure in 1984.

His 54 goals during the 1983 Memorial Cup championship season were the most in the Western Hockey League among U.S.-born players and third on his team behind fellow inductees Randy Heath and Cam Neely. His 27 points in the ’83 WHL Playoffs were third most in the league and he carried that momentum into the Memorial Cup tournament scoring at a point-per-game clip to help the Winterhawks hoist the Memorial Cup, including an assist on a pivotal goal to start the second period of the penultimate game against Oshawa.

Today, Sasser ranks second among all U.S.-born Winterhawks with 117 goals and 274 points.

Drafted in the fifth round of the 1982 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins, Sasser played two more seasons in the Rose City before turning pro. He was called up to the Penguins in February 1984 and became the second Oregon-born player to ever lace up and play a game in the NHL. He played three road games with Pittsburgh before returning to Portland in time for the Hawks’ run in the 1984 WHL Playoffs.

Honor Winterhawks legends at Oregon Hockey History Night on Saturday, March 18!

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of our 1983 Memorial Cup victory with members of the club, including four who will be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame at the game! Randy Heath, Cam Neely, Grant Sasser and Ken Yaremchuk will each join the elite club, and Neely’s #21 will be raised to the rafters as the first number to be retired by the Winterhawks! 

Tickets are selling fast for this Battle with Seattle – get yours today!

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