Winterhawk​s Extend Contracts of Hockey Operations Personnel

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March 5, 2013, Portland, OR (ISN) – The Portland Winterhawks have extended the contracts of Director of Hockey Operations Matt Bardsley, Assistant Coach Kyle Gustafson and Athletic Trainer/Strength & Conditioning Coach Rich Campbell through the 2014-15 season.

“Matt, Kyle and Rich have played integral roles in building our team into a perennial contender, and we’re pleased to extend their contracts through 2015,” said Portland Winterhawks President Doug Piper. “The length of their contracts now matches those of Mike Johnston and Travis Green, ensuring long-term stability in our organization as we pursue the goal of a Memorial Cup.”

Director of Hockey Operations Matt Bardsley is in his 14th season with the Winterhawks. He evaluates other teams’ rosters and list players, assists Johnston and Green with trade discussions and player evaluations, coordinates training camp, oversees the team’s recruiting program and is currently directing the scouting department.

Assistant Coach Kyle Gustafson is currently in his 10th season with the Winterhawks. He assists with the team’s preparation for games and plays an active role in team practices. Gustafson has overseen the team’s in-game video work for several seasons, and moved behind the bench in November when Green was named Acting Head Coach.

Athletic Trainer/Strength & Conditioning Coach Rich Campbell joined the organization in 2008 and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Winterhawks players’ physical conditioning. Before joining the Winterhawks, Campbell was an athletic trainer for the U.S. at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and was Head Athletic Trainer for the NHL’s New York Islanders from 1996-2006.

Group ticket packages for the remainder of the regular season and 2013 WHL Playoffs are now available. Contact the Winterhawks today at 236-HAWK or email for details.