Thank You Winterhawks Fans!

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The entire Portland Winterhawks organization wants to thank all our incredible fans and partners for another fantastic season of Winterhawks hockey!

We finished third in the Western Conference during the regular season and led the U.S. Division with 47 wins, our highest win total since the 2013-14 season. While our annual goal is to be the last WHL team standing, we still view this season as a great success, and we could not have achieved any of that success without you, the fans, coming back to the building and rocking the VMC on a nightly basis.

This season, the Winterhawks surpassed 1,500,000 all-time fans in attendance and averaged over 3,250 fans a game coming off a global pandemic. Because of you, Portland continues to be one of the premier franchises in the Canadian Hockey League and there is a bright future ahead in the Rose City.

(Photo: David Crawford)
(Photo: David Crawford)

We shared some incredible moments together thanks to this year’s team. On October 2, we welcomed fans back to the Coliseum for the first time in two years. We will remember the cheers echoing throughout the night and the sound of TNT filling the arena bowl when Robbie Fromm-Delorme scored the teddy-bear goal against Spokane that sent 7,531 stuffed animals onto the ice. We heard you loud and proud on the annual New Year’s Eve Game in a 2-0 shutout win against Seattle and we felt the support through our ‘Hockey Is For Everyone’ nights like Pride Night, Black Hockey History Night and Women of the Rose City Night.

The Winterhawks celebrate Robbie Fromm-Delorme's teddy bear toss goal on December 11, 2021 (Photo: Keith Dwiggins)
The Winterhawks celebrate Robbie Fromm-Delorme’s goal on December 11, 2021 during the annual Teddy Bear Toss game. (Photo: Keith Dwiggins)

Then the team hit its stride on the ice. From Dec. 1 onward, the Winterhawks led the WHL with 40 wins in 48 games, making them the hottest team entering the 2022 WHL Playoffs. In the first round, the Hawks swept the Prince George Cougars and the former Cougar himself Taylor Gauthier made his way into the Winterhawks’ record book as the new all-time playoff save percentage leader (.937).

In the second round, we went head-to-head with our biggest rival, the Seattle Thunderbirds, but fell just short in a deciding Game 7 at the VMC. But with tough endings come promising futures as three Winterhawks (Cross Hanas, Taylor Gauthier, and Jaydon Dureau) signed their first NHL contracts and will look to make the jump to the professional ranks next year. On the homefront, a dozen rookies played for Portland in the postseason and are all expected to return to the Rose City next season as the Winterhawks’ foundation for another championship charge.

We look forward to the 2022-23 season and your continued passionate support of the Portland Winterhawks.

See you again this fall at our Winterhawks Alumni Charity Golf Weekend (Save the Date: August 28 & 29) and Neely Cup Training Camp (more information coming soon)!

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