Winter Wonderland…

Nothing like a little snow to disrupt the normal flow that is Portland…nothing like 24 hour coverage of the weather.

Right now, my wife and daughter are out playing in the white stuff…I’m in my office with a warm Starbucks.  I think we all think that we got the better end of the deal.

The Hawks are officially on the holiday break from games (still a few days of practice before the players go home) and I am doing the same.  The blog will be fairly quiet between now and December 27th, when the Hawks head to Key Arena to take on the Seattle Thunderbirds.

A few notes…

The Hawks will have 18 year old goaltender Ian Curtis in uniform for the games following the break as Keith Hamilton will be at the World U17 Championships in Port Alberni, BC.

Curtis is big…real big…6’5″, 223…and has played for the Swift Current Broncos and the Prince George Cougars over the past two seasons.  He was a 2nd round bantam selection (#23 overall) in the 2005 Bantam Draft of the Broncos, but was traded to PG last season.

His career numbers:  23 GP, 5-6-0-1 record, 4.17 GAA, 85.9% save percentage.

He had one win and one shootout loss against Portland in the two games played last season in Prince George.

Curtis will wear #34.

My family is now throwing snow balls at my window…I’m still enjoying my coffee.

The snow today cancelled the Hawks office staff Christmas gathering…thats too bad…

It turned out that neither Tristan King nor Killian Hutt were a main factor in last nights game.  King now has bragging rights for a year with the win.

Good enough, Mike in Minnesota?

Congrats to Brett Ponich for his first WHL career goal last night…I told him after that it was a beauty of a hard slapper, he said it was a bit flukey…in 20 years, it will be an end-to-end rush finished with a picked top corner over a hall of fame goaltender. 

Either way, it was great to see big Brett get the “0” out of the goal column.

Good luck to Radim Valchar as he works to make the Czech Republic Jr. Team for the World Jr. Championships.  Selfishly, I hope he is back after Christmas…as he is playing great hockey and the team will miss him when he is gone, but in my heart I know he’ll make it and he deserves to. 

As I stated on the post-game show…thanks to all the fans and everyone else who supports the team.  Also a special thanks to the parents and families that send their sons to Portland to play hockey.  Without their support, there would be no WHL for us to enjoy.



  1. How did the Hawks acquire this guy? He wasn’t at camp and we didn’t trade for him so how does that work? TIs he signed as Hawks property? The other question is that ththe Hawks have played Mucha so much and Hamilton to my knowledge none since the change in coach are the Hawks considering that maybe Keith isn’t quite WHL ready and that the long dreaded 3 goaltender situation may not be so bad after all?

    Considering that Curtis is 18 and Kurtis is 19, it might relegate Keith to a backup’s backup..

    Your thoughts?

  2. Curtis was dropped by PG and was unprotected, so the Hawks put him on their protected list.

    I don’t think the plan is to carry three goaltenders, but we’ll see once Hamilton returns from the U17 championships.

    Curtis also gives Portland another option for next year as he’ll be 19.

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