Hockey Challenge

Sunday, February 17th is Hockey Challenge Day, presented by Budweiser. Come see the Winterhawks take on the Seattle Thunderbirds in the Moda Center at 4 p.m., then stay after for the Hockey Challenge All-Star game to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Starting at 9:45am there will be 5 hockey games between 10 teams who have fundraised to earn their ice time at the Moda Center. After the Winterhawks game against Medicine Hat, the All-Star game will take place, where top fundraisers will join notable Winterhawks alum on the ice.

A silent auction will include prizes such as: team signed hockey stick, puck-drop experience, game worn signed jersey and more!

Purchase tickets with proceeds benefiting our charity partners from this link:


*To see the families benefiting from Ronald McDonald House Charities, please scroll down.


Below is a list of confirmed Alumni:

Mike Williamson – Confirmed to participate as a Guest Coach.  Winterhawks player 1991-1994, team Captain for 1993-94 season.  Then Winterhawks Assistant/Head coach 1995-2007.  Assistant Coach of Portland’s 1998 Memorial Cup Championship Team, and the 2001 Western Conference Champions, Head Coach of 2010 Calgary Hitmen WHL Champions, and the 5th winningest coach in WHL History with 572 career wins. Currently owns Fast Signs in Clackamas.

Darren Yankovsky – Played for the Winterhawks in 1979-80 and will be a guest coach. Currently an electrician for Christenson Electric in Portland.

Anton Cederholm – Played defense on the Winterhawks 2014 and 2015 Western Conference Championship teams.  From Sweden, he was a 5th round draft choice of the Vancouver Canucks and was in the AHL this season with Vancouver’s top minor league affiliate, Utica, He has committed to help as an assistant coach

Jim Dobson – Will also help out as an assistant coach.  Played for the Winter Hawks from 1978-80 – amassing 66 goals in 1979-80 before going on to a 7-year pro career that included NHL stops with the Minnesota North Stars, Colorado Rockies and Quebec Nordiques.  Longtime Portland area realtor with the Real Estate Network Group.

Max Gordichuk – Defenseman for the Winterhawks from 2005-07.  Played four seasons in the WHL before going onto the University of British Columbia and is now Director of Hockey at the Winterhawks Skating Center and coaches a local youth team.

Brad Harrison – Another fan favorite that enjoyed a four year WHL career that featured two in Portland from 1989-1991 where he scored lots of goals while playing a popular, rugged style even though he was only 5’9”.    He went on to a five year pro career, including three in the ECHL.  Now works for G-man Brewery and Sports Bar in Tualatin.

Darryl Gilmour – goalie that played on the 1987 Winterhawks Western Conference Championship Team and had a 12-year pro career including four full seasons in the American Hockey League after being drafted in the third round by the Philadelphia Flyers. Now an insurance agent in Camas.

Kyle Gustafson – Gresham native, played for the Portland Junior Winterhawks, in his 14th season with the organization and currently Associate Coach/Assistant General Manager of the Winterhawks.

Ryan Thrussell – Played defense on the 1998 Winter Hawks Memorial Cup Championship Team as part of five year career in the WHL before going on to play at the University of British Columbia and is now a Senior Manager for Adidas Hockey.

Chris Rowland – Winter Hawks Team Captain in 1991-92 as part of a four year WHL career and a 9-year career in pro hockey including two full seasons in the American Hockey League. Now an optometrist with Vista Optical in Tillamook.

Joe Mahon – Fan Favorite on the 2012-13 Winterhawks WHL Championship team providing a needed physical presence, he is now the co-owner of CM Home Inspections in Portland.

Roy Mitchell – Defenseman for the Winterhawks 1986-89, played on the 1987 and 1989 Winter Hawks Western Conference Championship teams before going on to a 13-year pro career that included 3 games in the NHL with the Minnesota North Stars.  Now a fireman in Boise, Idaho

Tyson Alger – covers the Ducks for The Athletic – used to work for Oregonian sports – a veteran of the club hockey team at the University of Montana, he now plays local men’s league hockey….

Jason Nissen – Refereed more than 700 games in the AHL, ECHL and CHL and 9 NHL pre-season games.  Played in the BCHL and NAHL and currently plays in a local men’s league.  Now is off-premise sales manager for Vehrs Distributing in Portland.

Justin Morrison – 3rd round pick in 1998 by the Vancouver Canucks out of Colorado College, had a 10-year pro career in the American Hockey League, Sweden, Switzerland, Finland and Germany. Played for Team USA in 1999 World Junior Championships.  Founder and owner of Otis & George Clothing in Portland.

Michael Forney – 3rd round pick in 2006 of the Atlanta Thrashers, played for University of North Dakota, had a 9-year pro career in the American Hockey League, Austria and Britain.  Currently an Industrial Customer Specialist at 3M in Portland.

John Togiai – A Portland native who played two seasons for the Winter Hawks, including the 2001 Western Conference Championship team.  He is now an engine captain and EMT for the Mid-Columbia National Wildlife Refuge in the Tri-Cities, Washington.

Taylor Peters – One of the main leaders on the 2013 Winterhawks WHL Championship Team as part of a four-year WHL career in Portland.  Played four years of pro hockey including two in the American Hockey League.  Now coaching a local youth team and owns and operates Taylor Peters Hockey School at Sherwood Ice Arena

Courtney Carnes- A native of Winslow, Maine, Courtney played four years of collegiate hockey at Buffalo State College, then played in the inaugural season of the National Women’s Hockey League for the Buffalo Beauts. She currently coaches the Rose City U12 Girls Development Team and Rose City Learn to Play Hockey Program


Kid Captains:

William Johnson_3



William is an adorable little boy who has been staying with his mom at both Portland East and West Houses when they travel from their hometown Clatskanie for medical appointments. His mom is so grateful to RMHC for helping them to save hundreds of dollars in lodging costs. William has such a positive energy and loves to play and chat with the Guest Services Team. A highlight during his most recent stay was when Piles of Puppies came to visit!







Prior to October 2018, Rowdy, an active 9 year old – played as many sports as he could. His life shifted dramatically, when he was diagnosed with aplastic anemia – a rare, life-threatening condition. He and his family have been staying at the Portland West House since his diagnosis. Rowdy has received multiple transfusions and just recently – a bone marrow transplant. The West House has truly become the Ware’s “home away from home” for their family of 7 while they have been away from their hometown of Prineville, OR.



Nathan Narotski_1


At 5 years old, Nathan was diagnosed with Leukemia. He traveled with his family to Portland from their hometown in Culver, OR to receive chemotherapy treatment in the summer of 2018. They loved staying at the West House and appreciated the amazing support offered during this emotional time. Nathan is doing well and has responded to treatment. He especially loved his trips to the “Toy Closet” and cherishes the gifts he received at RMHC.



Daphne Garvin_2



Daphne was born with Down Syndrome, Autism, and lung disease. She and her family have stayed at both Portland Ronald McDonald Houses many times throughout her life. Daphne is the sweetest little girl—she recently inspired her older sister Marina to give back to RMHC through a pop tab collection drive she hosted at her school!






Luca Struthers_3



Luca was a foster child that found his forever home with the Murphy’s. He has endured medical hardships throughout his life and stayed at our Portland West House with his parents during medical visits. The Murphy’s found great relief to have a place to stay while away from their Springfield home and were amazed by all of the services and support they received from RMHC.




Gideon Hobbs_1





Luca was a foster child that found his forever home with the Murphy’s. He has endured medical hardships throughout his life and stayed at our Portland West House with his parents during medical visits. The Murphy’s found great relief to have a place to stay while away from their Springfield home and were amazed by all of the services and support they received from RMHC.





Calypso Odessa Hope 1




Calypso is an amazing little girl who was given the great challenge of living with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. With her mom and grandma, she has stayed at the Portland East House regularly throughout her life. They love the RMHC staff, volunteers, and the pet therapy dogs! Calypso has shown such strength through many challenges and is quickly becoming a smart, mature young lady!





Kaison Canessa_1





Kaison was born at 29 weeks in the NICU and was diagnosed with Mosaic Down Syndrome and is also partially deaf. Because of RMHC, Kaison and his amazing family had a warm bed to come home to in-between multiple doctors exams and surgeries. At two years old, Kaison is such a sweet, happy little boy. His journey isn’t over but this little hero is still growing big and strong.





Aimon Huff




When Aimon was born premature at 25 weeks, parents Geoff and Teresa made the Portland West House their “home away from home” while their son was in the NICU. Six years later, Aimon is a healthy, growing boy and his parents have returned to the West House with their youngest daughter, Kira, who is being treated for Chiari Malformation. RMHC has helped provide a loving, supportive community for their family when they have needed it the most.








Randy was born premature and has faced multiple health issues since his birth – from being diagnosed with Vacterl to having three surgeries. He and his parents have been guests at the East House since April 2018 while he began receiving treatment. At 8-months old, Randy is such a sweet boy and has proven to be a fighter! RMHC has been a big part of his mom Mariah’s life, as she also stayed at the East House when she was a child.