CALGARY, AB – Ron Robison, Commissioner of the Western Hockey League, announced today that the Portland Winterhawks’ first round selection in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft has been reinstated by the League. The selection was part of the sanctions imposed by the WHL in November of 2012 due to recruitment violations.
“It was important to the League that Portland demonstrate full compliance with WHL Regulations and, as a result of their compliance, the 2017 first round draft choice has been reinstated,” stated WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “I am not only satisfied the Winterhawks have been fully compliant but they are also committed to continue serving as good partners in the WHL.”
The WHL and the Portland Winterhawks will not be making any further comment on this matter.