Portland celebrates 100 years of hockey

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by Graham Kendrick

February 19, 2014, Portland (ISN) – There’s only one city in America whose name is etched on the Stanley Cup, Memorial Cup, Ed Chynoweth Cup and Lester Patrick Cup. One city with a century’s worth of hockey history that has produced champion teams at multiple levels and NHL stars: Portland.

2014 marks the 100-year anniversary of hockey in Portland, which began in 1914 with the Rosebuds of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, and there are a number of events to commemorate the centennial of hockey in Portland.

Right now fans can visit the Oregon Historical Society to check out a wide variety of unique artifacts from a century of hockey. The display includes items spanning the entire century of hockey in Portland, featuring the Rosebuds, Buckaroos and Winterhawks. Many of the items were generously loaned to the Oregon Historical Society by local collector Scott Petterson. The display will be open through April 15.

“Portland has a rich hockey history replete with championships and legendary players and coaches, and we’re honored to be part of that history along with the Rosebuds and Buckaroos,” said Portland Winterhawks President Doug Piper. “The display at the Oregon Historical Society features numerous never-before-seen items that will appeal to both die-hard and casual hockey fans.”

On March 8, when the Winterhawks host Vancouver at the Moda Center, the team will celebrate 100 Years of Hockey Heritage night. The Winterhawks will wear special jerseys commemorating the century of hockey in Portland, which will then be autographed by the players and raffled to fans, with proceeds benefiting the Winterhawks Amateur Hockey Association.

The team will also count down the top-100 moments in hockey history in Portland beginning next week on winterhawks.com.