No city would be complete without its sports teams, and the Portland hockey team holds a special place in the hearts of many residents. Sports fans can enjoy a wide range of pride-worthy sports teams, but the hockey scene is not to be missed. Headquartered in the city since 1976, the team repeatedly places at the top of their league. Competitive and engaging to watch, the Portland Winterhawks draw significant attention and have a strong fan following among locals.
Affordable tickets and local enthusiasm make the games a popular addition to visitors’ itineraries. Most games are held at Moda Center, also called the Rose Garden, which the Winterhawks share with the Portland Trail Blazers NBA team. Occasionally the Winterhawks play at the Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum in the city’s Rose Quarter. Regardless of where visitors check out a game, it is guaranteed to be an experience not to be missed.
As of August 2019, the Winterhawks roster was comprised of five Americans and 10 Canadians. The remaining three players from Denmark, Turkey and Switzerland for a total of 18 men. The players for the 2019-2019 season and the 2019 playoffs include:
- Nick Cicek
- Jaydon Dureau
- Robbie Fromm-Delorme
- Lane Gilliss
- Cody Glass
- Jake Gricius
- Cross Hanas
- Clay Hanus
- Joel Hofer
- Seth Jarvis
- John Ludvig
- Reece Newkirk
- Josh Paterson
- Nick Perna
- Matthew Quigley
Many of the players were drafted from other teams in the Western Professional Hockey League and other leagues between 2017 and 2019.
The Western Hockey League
The Portland Junior Winterhawks belong to the Western Hockey League (WHL), which covers portions of both the United States’ Northwest and Western Canada. WHL is part of the larger Canadian Hockey League, and numerous players from the league have been drafted over the years into the professional National Hockey League.
Initially founded in 1966, the Canadian Hockey League began accepting American teams in 1978. It is comprised of 22 teams, ten of which belong to the WHL. Along with the Winterhawks, the U.S. fields four other teams in the league:
- Everett Silvertips (Everett, Washington)
- Seattle Thunderbirds (Kent, Washington)
- Spokane Chiefs (Spokane, Washington)
- Tri-City Americans (Kennewick, Washington)
Since the team established itself in Portland in 1976, the Winterhawks standings have been impressive. The lowest they have ever placed in the Western Hockey League was seventh, but in 27 out of those 43 years, they have placed in the top three. In 13 of those years, they have held first place in the league.
Repeat winners of the Ed Chynoweth Cup and the Memorial Cup, the Winterhawks are exciting games for old fans and newcomers alike. In the last ten years, they have consistently made fourth place or higher in Western Hockey League standings, further securing their shining reputation among Portland’s residents and visitors.
Schedules and Tickets
The Portland Winterhawks schedule starts with pre-season in September and runs until March, but the team is busy with games, events, summer camps and other commitments year-round. Full, up-to-date schedules are available on the team’s website for visitors interested in catching a game or meeting some of the players at local events.
On average, the Winterhawks play about half of their games at home, making games easy to catch for Portland residents and visitors. Away games, for fans who can catch them, tend to run between $9 and $24 per ticket. Prices can vary by venue.
Fans interested in buying Winterhawks tickets for home games have a variety of options. Naturally, tickets can be purchased for single games as desired. For a more cost-effective option, fans can buy memberships or ticket packages. The Premier Membership is a must-have option for die-hard Winterhawks fans. Winterhawks followers that option for this purchase can pay for the membership monthly to help alleviate the ticket costs. With this membership, tickets are available for a full season or for sets of 20 games. Both types of packages include tickets to the playoffs. Some of the monthly pricing include:
- $119 for front row full season tickets
- $95 for general season tickets and $67 for 20 games
- $89 for center ice tickets and $63 for 20 games
- $87 for double and single attack zone tickets for the full season
- $75 for 200 level tickets and $53 for 20 games
Value zone tickets are available for as little as $32 for 20 games. As a bonus, most ticket packages also entitle ticket holders to view Winterhawks away games for free online. Tickets are available online, in person and by phone. Fans can also choose from six and 12 game package options and purchase options for 10 or more tickets.
Getting to Games
For Portland hockey fans, the Rose Quarter district of the city is where all the action is. Both Moda Center and the Veterans Memorial Coliseum are located there. The Rose Quarter is directly east of the city’s downtown area and is served by three MAX lines. Both arenas offer generous parking and make games easy to access for all visitors.
Visitors new to Winterhawk games should review venue policies before attending a game, as some policies are non-standard and may be unexpected for some guests. For example, both Moda Center and the Veterans Memorial Coliseum enforce a “small bags policy” which prohibits game-goers from carrying any bags larger than 14 inches by 14 inches by 6 inches into the venue. Other restrictions may apply.
Keeping Up with the Team
Visitors and fans interested in the Portland Winterhawks and their games can follow the team in a variety of convenient ways.
- Check the website. The Winterhawks’ website always offers the latest information about the team, the season, events and more.
- Download the app. Available for both Apple and Android devices, the interactive app lets fans engage with a variety of team-related activities and information any time, from anywhere.
- Join the booster club. The Winterhawks’ booster club members hold meetings, take fan trips, host meetups to watch away games in local venues and help fans stay engaged with the team and each other between games. Joining is easy and one of the best ways to get involved for new fans.
- Follow them on social media. There are more than 20 Twitter accounts associated with the team that fans can follow for a steady stream of photos, updates and behind-the-scenes peeks at the Winterhawks.
Image Sourced From the Portland Winterhawks Facebook Page