In Medal Contention…

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Former Portland Winterhawk Brenden Morrow is shown celebrating his eventual game winning goal against the Russians on Wednesday evening at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.

Morrow and the rest of his Team Canada teammates will take on the surprising Slovaks, led by former Hawks Marian and Marcel Hossa and Richard Zednik.

Marian Hossa had three assists in the Slovaks 4-3 win over the Swedes last night with Zednik setting up the other goal.

Hossa is tied for the Olympic lead in scoring with 2-5-7 in five games as he is tied with two Team Canada players (Dany Heatley and Jonathan Toews) as well as his countryman Pavol Demitra.  Zednik has five points in five games for the Slovaks.

In the other semifinal, the USA squad will take on Finland in what should be a tight checking, low scoring affair.  The US team beat Switzerland, and current Hawk Luca Sbisa, in a close 2-0 game that came down to an empty netter to seal the win.   Sbisa went off in the first period after blocking a shot with his hand (and it looked nasty on TV), but returned to play the final two periods and he showed himself very well.

All in all, the Olympic tournament has been great hockey and it is great to see all the former Hawks (and current Hawk) playing so well.   We know that that there will be at least one playing for Gold on Sunday…can’t wait.

Before Henrik Lundqvist came crashing down to Earth in the second period last night against the Slovaks, he set a new record for consecutive shutout minutes in the Olympics games at just over 170.   Did anyone notice who had the record previously?

It was former Portland Buckaroo goaltender Don Head, who was in Portland and honored at the recent Buckaroo night at the Rose Garden.  Head, who played for Canada, went 164:19 for the Canadians in the 1960 Olympic Games in Squaw Valley, CA, when Canada won the Silver Medal.

It must have been incredibly fulfilling for Head to have his name in the Olympic Record Books for 50 years…

Cam Neely will be dropping the puck at the Hawks game on Sunday night against the Prince George Cougars.  Neely, of course, won the 1983 Memorial Cup with the Hawks and is now a member of the NHL Hockey Hall of Fame.

Also, the Hawks announced their inaugural class for the newly formed Winterhawks Hall of Fame and in addition to the founders, Brian Shaw, Ken Hodge and Innes Mackie, who brought the team to Portland, the Hawks will add Dennis Holland, the Hawks second all-time leading scorer.

Holland is now a scout with the Dallas Stars and he will be at the game on Sunday night as well.  I’ll sit down with him before the game for a radio interview to get his thoughts on the selection and also his thoughts on the Hawks draft eligible players.

That’s it for now…

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  1. Nice to see the Hawks honor the 3 men who represented Portland Winterhawk hockey for 30 years, in Shaw, Hodge, and Inches. It will also be nice to see Dennis Holland honored as well . I have many found memories of Holland and Troy Mick causing havoc in the WHL .

    Congrats to Morrow and all former Winterhawks playing in the olympics, i think it is amazing how much great hockey talent has called the glass palace their home ice in their past, I do find it ironic that Morrow gets credited for the game winner goal against the Russian. When i think of game winning goals i think of scoring in overtime or in the 3rd period of a tie game, not a first period goal that made the score 4 -1 and the game never in jeopardy.

    Go All Hawks and go USA

  2. Andy – What is the latest word on Sbisa – I would imagine that he would be done for the year with the broken finger. I would assume that the Ducks would want him to have surgery right away.

    Any update would be appreciated – Thanks

    Without Sbisa, I don’t see the Hawks making it out of the first round

  3. Can you let us know when you find out Sbisa’s status? It appears that he suffered a pretty bad injury to his finger that will require surgery. Also any update on Doyle as well would be much appreciated. Thank you for what you contribute to the Winterhawks as I enjoy your calls on the radio and your thoughts on your blog.

  4. Any injury updates will come from the Hawks site or from Graham Kendrick before they went on this page. I will definitely have an update on the pre-game show on Saturday, but, as of right now, I have nothing to report.

    And, as the playoffs draw closer, you can expect any injury information to become more guarded from every team.


  5. I would expect Sbisa to miss some time, he has not been healthy all year long. He has had several nagging injuries this year. Sbisa will get some time off from the Olympics, and should be ready to play for the Hawks by next weekend! AS for Doyle, i don’t expect him back until the end of the regullar season. He has a concussion, lets make sure he is 100% recovered before hitting the ice again.

  6. I could’ve sworn I heard Doc Emrick say that Sbisa has been playing in the AHL this season. What’s even more surprising is I didn’t hear Pierre McGuire correct him. As much as McGuire bugs me, he’s usually pretty on top of such things.

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