So Long, Schmersy…

Matt Schmermund and the Portland Winter Hawks have parted ways and it appears that Schmermund will wind up in the AJHL to finish out his 20 year old season.  Schmermund appeared in 118 games for the Hawks, scoring 12-18-30 and adding 128 penalty minutes.

Schmermund was coming off his best game of the season where he had a goal and an assist in the come-from-behind 7-5 win over his former team, the Kamloops Blazers, on Sunday night.  His goal was the game-winner.

Matt will of course be remembered for the goal he scored against the Spokane Chiefs in the shootout during the final game of the 2007-08 season.  Here it is again…

Ironically, the goal was scored against former Hawk list player Kevin Armstrong, who returns to Portland tonight as a member of the Prince George Cougars.  I’ll post some game notes later today from the MC.

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8 Comments

  1. Andy can you tell us if it was his choice or the teams? We will miss his energy on the ice there were some nights that watching him I would get flash backs to old #8 Marty Standish and the way he would throw is body around like a little rag doll. GOOD LUCK MATT

  2. I believe it was a mutual parting, but I wasn’t in the room when it was discussed.

    In the end, it really doesn’t matter (to me, anyway) whose choice it was.

  3. Matty will be missed… his speed on the ice was something to watch. Matty never had the best hands in the world, but his Bauers flew him up and down the ice.

    Good Luck Matty, it was good to know you.

    AJP

  4. L-A-M-E.

    I suppose the leadership will come from somewhere. There’s a reason, though, that both Schmermund and Gabriel both wore A’s. You don’t replace that over night.

    Unless Johnston is going the Constantine “it’s us against the world” route. Which is fun for a while….

    Good luck, #23. You’ll be missed.

  5. Indeed – is there a plan on re-shuffling the “A”s?

  6. Lets Face it! Just because you wear an ” A ” on your sweater doesn’t mean you can not be released. This players were 19 and 20 year olds. The Hawks are under NEW magagement and are looking for younger players to BUILD for the future. Neither Matty or Scott were the future. I want to thank them for their hard work, but they had NO trade offers for them, which tells me there was no interest with other WHL teams. THe Hawks have not won too many games, any chance is a good change. We might not like it, but we have to wait and see.

    I like what i have seen in the recent few weeks. However, it will be ineresting to see if the Hawks have just one Captain and NO Alternatives.

    Brian in Sherwood

  7. NEXT QUESTION. DO WE FILL THE 20 YEAR OLD SPOTS? I DON’T THINK IT’S AUTOMATIC, SINCE WE DON’T REALISTICALLY HAVE A CHANCE OF GOING A LONG WAY EVEN IF WE MAKE THE PLAYOFFS. “MATTY” SHOULD HAVE HAD BETTER STATS AT THIS POINT OF THE SEASON. I DO HAVE TO SAY, HE WAS ONE OF THE FASTEST SKATERS I HAD SEEN COME ALONG IN A LONG TIME. THE ADDITION OF MILHOUSE SOUNDS O.K. MAYBE HIS BRIEF STINT WITH EVERETT, HE COULD TEACH US HOW TO DIVE PROPERLY. JUST KIDDING!!!!!!
    JOHNSTON MUST HAVE CONNECTIONS TO BE ABLE TO TALK SOMEBODY OUT OF CALIFORNIA JUST LIKE THAT.

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