Camp Registration…

From 12:00 to 2:00 this afternoon, the Portland Winter Hawks welcomed in the just under 70 players that will take part in their training camp starting tomorrow morning as the team builds toward the 2008-09 WHL season. 

Players checked in, were weighed and measured, and had their picture taken in a Hawks sweater.  They got to either introduce or re-introduce themselves to the Hawks coaching and scouting staffs and find out which team they will be on for the remainder of camp.  The players will be split into four different squads and I should be able to post the rosters sometime tomorrow evening.

After that, everyone moved to the parking lot behind Mountain View Ice Arena for a nice bar-b-que and meet and greet with the players parents and billets.  Here is a photo:

A few notes from today:

– Kurtis Mucha won’t be alone in attending pro camps this fall as it was learned that Travis Ehrhardt will be attending the Detroit Red Wings rookie camp and play for the Wings in the Traverse City Prospect Tournament later in September.  Ehrhardt and Mucha will leave for rookie camps around the 10th of September.  Right now, I’m not sure of their return dates, but it should be close to the time of the Hawks home opener.

– All but two of the 1993 Bantam Draft selections are in Portland ready to take in their first WHL training camp, including 1st Rounder Ty Rattie.  The two that aren’t in Portland are 3rd rounder Cason Hohmann and 10th rounder Seth Swenson.  Hohmann, whose family relocated to Michigan over the summer, will be playing for the Compuware Midget Program in Detroit this year while Swenson has already started schooling in Colorado for this year.  Both are still property of the Hawks and would be eligible to be full-time roster players in 2009-10.

– The Hawks have three players that were eligible to return to the team and are not in camp – Defenseman Bo Montgomery and Forwards Tyler Swystun and Aaron McGill.  In addition, Tayler Jordan decided this week not to come to camp as originally planned.

–  Also, Jason Grecica still needs some more time to recover from off-season knee surgery and won’t join the team until a later date.

– Lastly, as mentioned earlier imports Radim Valchar and Maxim Trunev are both taking part in the Four Nations Tournament in the Czech Republic.  Valchar is due to arrive in Portland late next week, while the Hawks probably won’t find out about the possible arrival of Trunev until after the Montreal Canadiens camp.

Tomorrow morning, the players will be put through fitness testing off the ice and then each squad will have a practice session tomorrow afternoon (not scrimmages, just drills and practices).  On Monday and Tuesday evenings, the Hawks will hold scrimmages that will be open to the public at Mountain View Ice Arena.  There will be a $5 charge to get into those scrimmages.  The evening scrimmages at Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday and Thursday are free.

More tomorrow evening…



  1. Hey Andy, Just wondering if the practice sessions today are open to the public? Thanks for always putting out good information. Cindi and I are looking forward to another Hawks season. Hope to see you soon.


  2. Yes, the Sunday afternoon session is open to the public, for a $5 entry fee.

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