June 26,2014(ISN) – The Portland Winterhawks will raise their fourth straight Western Conference
championship banner when they open the 2014-15 season Friday, September 19 at the
Moda Center against the Seattle Thunderbirds.
The 2014-15 Western Hockey League schedule was released today, with the September 19
game opening the Hawks’ 72-game slate. The team will play the vast majority of its
home games on weekends with 31 of the 36 games scheduled for a Friday, Saturday or
Sunday (10 Friday home games, 12 on Saturdays and nine on Sundays).
All 72 games will be broadcast on KPAM AM 860 and winterhawks.com. A complete
schedule is attached to the e-mail.
The Teddy Bear Toss will take place on Dec. 6 when the Hawks host the Everett
Silvertips at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The venues for all games will be finalized
later this summer after the Portland Trail Blazers’ schedule is released.
In addition, the team will again host Portland’s biggest New Year’s Eve party, with
a Dec. 31 game at the Moda Center against the Seattle Thunderbirds at 8 p.m. Fans
can stay to skate on the ice with players after the game. A full promotional
calendar will be released closer to the season.
Among the highlights of the 2013-14 schedule:
· The first home rematch of last year’s Western Conference Final against the
Kelowna Rockets will be Thursday, Oct. 30
· The Hawks will host the Edmonton Oil Kings on Sunday, November 2 in a
rematch of the last three WHL championship series.
· The longest road trip of the season will be the team’s six-game trek
through the East Division from October 17-25
· The longest homestand of the season will be immediately following that
trip, when the Hawks play five straight games at home from October 30 – November 8.
· Once again the curtains at Veterans Memorial Coliseum will be open on
Black Friday when the team plays a 3 p.m. matinee against the Kootenay Ice.