Friday Updates…

Here we are, a little over 24 hours away from the opening game of the 2010-11 WHL Regular Season for your Portland Winterhawks…sorry for the lack of posts lately…been crazy busy with work and getting ready for our first broadcast tomorrow night.

Some randoms…

First off, the Winterhawks announced the agreement for Alpha Broadcasting to carry Winterhawks hockey for the 2010-11 season.  Just like last year, the Hawks will be carried primarily on Freedom 970 AM with some games making their way to 95.5 The Game on the FM dial and KXL 750 AM as schedules permit.   There are two games in October that we will not be carrying on the radio due to scheduling conflicts but those games will have our audio on the WHL Web TV broadcast.  We will also work to ensure that our audio will be available in the building for those that want to tune in while watching the game.

Alpha is quickly becoming the pre-eminent sports broadcasting group in Portland with their coverage of the Portland Trail Blazers, the University of Oregon, Portland State University and the Portland Timbers this fall (as well, they covered the final season of the Portland Beavers) and it is great that the Winterhawks are part of that group.  We get great coverage and the stations signal strength is very strong in the Portland/Metro area.

Mike Schacker returns to run the board for most games as well and that is great for Todd Vrooman and I as he does a great job.

As the vast majority of the players are starting to trickle back to the dub from NHL Camps, the Hawks are still waiting for word on seven players who are still getting a look from the big clubs.

Ryan Johansen and Nino Niederreiter will both continue to get a long look from their pro clubs and both could very well start the year in the NHL.  Johansen’s situation is a bit different as the Blue Jackets are scheduled to start the year in Europe and they leave around October 2nd.  If he makes the trip to Europe, he will be gone for eight days for sure.

Luke Walker scored in his first preseason game for Colorado and is making a case to stick in the minor pro system with the Avs.  Colorado will still need to sign Walker to a pro deal before he could play in the AHL and they have two years to sign him since he was just drafted this past June.

Oliver Gabriel is making some noise in Columbus as well and is slated to play in his second preseason game on Saturday night against Pittsburgh.  Gabriel scored in his first game and the Blue Jackets could sign him before the start of the season, but he would either have to come back to Portland or stay in Columbus.  I would expect Gabriel back before the Jackets leave for Europe next week.

Brett Ponich is getting a good look in St. Louis and as a signed player, he could stick around there for a bit.

Brad Ross in Toronto and Riley Boychuk in Buffalo are still in camps, but the news has been sporadic on those two.  Ross has yet to appear in a preseason game for the Leafs and Buffalo doesn’t play their first game until Saturday, I believe.

With the season starting tomorrow and with Mac Carruth (listed as week-to-week) and Ian Curtis not ready to go in net for Portland, the Hawks have brought in former Lethbridge Hurricane and Spokane Chief goaltender Michael Tadjdeh as an emergency call-up.  Tadjdeh, 19, was released by Spokane earlier in the preseason.

Tadjdeh has appeared in 41 career WHL games with a 17-19-0-0 record, 3.22 GAA, .883 save % with two shutouts.  He will be dressed for the game tomorrow night in Seattle and after that, we’ll have to wait and see.  He will wear #29.

Keith Hamilton will be the other goaltender tomorrow night in Seattle.

Seattle will have a much different look tomorrow night after making some trades to bring in some veterans – acquiring Travis Toomey from Saskatoon, Travis Bobbee from Swift Current.  The Birds will have revenge on their minds on Saturday after dropping all 12 games to Portland in 2009-10.  They have everyone, including goaltender Calvin Pickard, back from pro camp and they will have one game under their belt as they start their season tonight in Everett.

Taylor Aronson could be ready to go tomorrow night, a bit ahead of schedule after having shoulder surgery in the off-season.  The Hawks defense will only be missing Brett Ponich tomorrow night.

That’s it for now…pre-game show tomorrow night at 6:40 on Freedom 970 from the ShoWare Center in Kent…


1 Comment

  1. What’s wrong with carruth and curtis?

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