Greetings from Vancouver…

Sitting in the hotel, prepping for tonight’s game between the Portland Winterhawks and the Vancouver Giants.  The big story line for tonight is, of course, the return of Craig Cunningham.  Cunningham played 295 games as a Vancouver Giant and tonight he faces his former team for the first time.  It should be an emotional night.

Of course, it is also the first time that Spencer Bennett and Teal Burns will face their former team as well.

The Hawks have added 1990 born forward Matthew Ius to the lineup for tonight.  Ius has played 122 games in the WHL, but has been in the BCHL the past two seasons.  This season with the Langley Chiefs, he has posted 28-39-67 in 46 games with the Chiefs and through four playoff games, Ius has 4-5-9 as his team is looking at starting the second round early next week.  Ius will wear #24.

With the 9-1 win last night, a number of player hit some statistical milestones:

– Sven Bartschi finished the night with four assists, giving him 50 in his rookie year.  That total sets a new Winterhawks team record for assists by an 18 year old rookie, passing Steve Konowalchuk, who had 49 in 1990-91.  Bartschi needs 13 points to set a new mark for an 18 year old rookie as Konowalchuk had 92 points in 1990-91.  Marian Hossa had the most goals as an 18 year old rookie with 45 in 1997-98.

– With the hat trick, Brad Ross has gone over the 150 career point mark, now at 151.  That total ties him with Dan DaSilva at 57th all-time on the Hawks career point list.

– Troy Rutkowski had a three-point game, giving him 100 career WHL points.  Rutkowski becomes the 19th defenseman in Hawks history to reach 100 points, tying Brad Duggan for 18th on the all-time list.  The 18 year old d-man will play in his 200th career WHL game tonight.

– Nino Niederreiter’s hat-trick gives him seven goals in his last three games and 70 in his WHL career.  The 70 goals ties him with Bobby Russell for 44th all-time in Hawks history.

– The double hat-tricks for Nino and Ross were the first since Marcel Hossa and Shawn Roed did the feat back on 1/16/01 in a 10-5 win at Tri-City.  Hossa went 3-4-7 that night while Roed was 3-2-5.

Game time is at 7:00 tonight with the pre-game show on Newsradio 750 KXL starting at 6:35 with yours truly and Todd Vrooman.




  1. Andy,

    I’m jealous, Vancouver is a beautiful city! We always enjoy staying at The Sandman ( near GM Place) and taking in a Canucks game!

    Tonight will be emotional for a number of reasons for Craig; however, expect him to have a huge night.

    The numbers our current boys are putting up rival some of the greatest Hawks in out storied history. Simply gives me chills.

    Always enjoy the call from yourself and Todd. Best of luck tonight with the broadcast and I look forward to hearing your postgame wrap, after another Hawk victory !

  2. Is the double hat trick confirmed? They initially said Nino, then changed it to Ross. It’s much cooler if they both had hat tricks. I hope Ross shared the hats they collected off the ice.

  3. Hey Andy:

    Any info on Mac Carruth? I am glad Keith Hamilton has stepped up the few games, and has played good.

  4. Andy,

    Can you update us on the injury status of Carruth, Rattie and Boychuk?


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