Hawks Welcome Back Ridgeway…Peters Soon…

In the wake of the injuries, suspension and tournaments depleting the Portland Winterhawks forward lines for the near future, the Hawks are welcoming 19 year old Joel Ridgeway back into the fold.

Ridgeway joined the Hawks at the start of last season from the Tri City Americans and has played in 103 games in the WHL, scoring 6-12-18 with 39 penalty minutes.

He has had a very good year with the Selkirk Steelers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League this season, currently sitting 11th in league scoring having posted 21-22-43 with 24 penalty minutes in 33 games played.   He had a streak of 20 points in 10 games recently for the Steelers.

Ridgeway should be in the line-up on Saturday in Tri City and also on home ice against the Everett Silvertips on Sunday night.  He will wear #33 instead of the #32 he wore last season.

In addition, 17 year old Taylor Peters will join the Hawks again on Monday, meaning he will be available for the game in Spokane on Wednesday night against the Chiefs.

Peters started the year in Portland, but after appearing in only three games, was reassigned to the Penticton Vees of the BCHL.  In his 15 games with Penticton, Peters posted 2-4-6 with 8 penalty minutes.

The Vees play both tonight and tomorrow and Peters is expected to be in their line-up for these two games before joining the Hawks.

Just how long either player will remain in Portland will be determined at a later date…but I want to welcome them both back to Portland!

Luke Walker and Spencer Bennett, it appears, will both miss the games this weekend.  Walker took a puck to the face towards the end of the third period and required surgery to have a plate put in his mouth area as well as over 50 stitches.  He is still planning on attending the U.S. National Junior Team camp and will skate on Monday with a full face shield at practice.

Bennett sprained his ankle during the first period on Tuesday in Everett and ankles are hard to diagnose as far as length of time to be missed.  I would estimate it as day-to-day to week-to-week.

Tayler Jordan has handed a three game suspension for his actions toward referee Andy Thiessen towards the end of the first period Tuesday.   He will be eligible to return for the game on Friday, December 18 against Tri City at the Rose Garden.

If you missed it, the Hawks also announced a working agreement between the team and the Portland Trail Blazers on a joint vision for the renovation of the Memorial Coliseum that will be presented to the Mayor’s council in January.  It includes reducing the seating capacity of the MC and installing a new ice plant and regulation ice surface as well as a new scoreboard.

It also envisions new food service plans and a better selection of food choices.

This is just the first step towards making this a reality, but it is great to see the Hawks and Blazers working together to help ensure the Hawks remaining in the MC and returning that building to the status it once held.

That’s it for now…hope we have decent driving weather to Kennewick tomorrow…

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  1. When I think about Rigeway, I think about a game with him during the ‘dark days’. It was the final minutes of another 6 – 1 loss & the ‘Hawks were killing a penalty. Ridgeway blocked a shot – which stung him pretty bad. He had to hobble off for a change after they cleared the zone.

    I thought about it at the time, and how many players would throw themselves in harms way in that situation? The team is in last place, the game is lost, so the consequences of letting that shot go are minimal – but as a hockey player your pride dictates that you play the same way on the pk regardless of the situation.

    I like a guy who plays like that.


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