Now, a court-appointed receiver has the Winterhawks' fate in its hands. List of Portland Winterhawks alumni who have graduated to play in the National Hockey League. ET Before the pandemic, the franchise was atop the Western Conference before the abrupt ending of the season. PT The Canadian Hockey League, which oversees the WHL, cancelled its post-season and Memorial Cup on March 23 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Portland Winterhawks are a junior ice hockey team based in Portland, Oregon, playing in the Western Hockey League (WHL), one of three leagues making up the Canadian Hockey League (CHL). Players chosen in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft: Media related to Portland Winterhawks at Wikimedia Commons, Ice hockey teams based in Portland, Oregon, "Oil Kings to become Portland Winter Hawks", "New Ownership in the offing for Winterhawks – could it be Pickled? [5][6], Bill Gallacher, a Calgary businessman, purchased the team in October 2008. © 2020 Advance Local Media LLC. 8PM He added that he hopes it will soon return to normal operations, or as normal as they can be in the coronavirus era. A receivership could be devastating for the hockey team. "The Winterhawks leadership team of president Doug Piper, general manager and head coach Mike Johnston, and the executive staff will remain with the team and are committed to conducting business as usual for the organization," the WHL says. The Trail Blazers' NBA season, Timbers' MLS season and Thorns FC's NWSL season have all been suspended. In their first season in Portland, the club would lose 7–2 to a travelling Russian club in an exhibition match watched by more than 5,000. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/20). They were atop the Western Hockey League standings in March, when the league cancelled the rest of the season due to the virus. Sports > Spokane Chiefs WHL’s Portland Winterhawks in search of new ownership solution. [3], On May 12, 2013, the Winterhawks defeated the Edmonton Oil Kings 5–1 in Game 6 to become the 2012–13 WHL champions. “Accordingly, the Receiver views it as important to maintain the operations of PWH and the Winterhawks’ franchise to preserve their value for the benefit of all creditors of the Debtors in the Canadian Proceeding.”. The Winterhawks were founded in 1951 as the Edmonton Oil Kings. As punishment for the violations WHL Commissioner Ron Robison suspended the team from participation in the first five rounds of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft and forfeiture of their first round picks from the 2014 to 2017 WHL Bantam Drafts and were fined $200,000. According to Oregonlive, Portland Winterhawks Inc., the Winterhawks parent company, filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy Thursday after owner William Gallacher "allegedly failed to repay money his companies had borrowed in 2018.". Tom-A-Hawk's main rival is Cool Bird of the Seattle Thunderbirds. Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. All rights reserved (About Us). Portland Winterhawks fans can relax for the time being. "The Winterhawks are a highly successful and valuable WHL franchise, and we expect that there will be a great deal of interest in obtaining ownership of the club.". on Your support makes a difference. Ciara and Son Future, 6, Channel Cardi B and Offset for Halloween — and Cardi Loves It! Tom-A-Hawk announced in January 2019 that he would retire. The WHL is working closely with the Receiver and the Winterhawks team management to ensure the smooth transition to new ownership in short order," the WHL said in a release. on Rip City Management LLC is affiliated with the Trail Blazers. In early photos, the old Chicago jerseys are identifiable by the letter "C" with crossed tomahawks on the shoulder crest. PT A number of Gallacher companies, including the hockey team’s parent, filed Chapter 15 bankruptcies. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local.

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