It is official now that former Portland Winterhawk Steve Konowalchuk is the new Head Coach of the Seattle Thunderbirds. Konowalchuk leaves the Colorado Avalanche, where he was a player and Assistant Coach for the past two seasons. This is his first Head Coaching job at any level.
Kono had two great years in Portland, posting 196 points in just 136 games in the early 90’s and winning the WHL Player of the Year award in 1991-92.
It is not the first time Seattle has hired a former Hawk to coach them…in the 80’s, Jim Dobson had a stint behind the ‘Birds bench.
With the hire, it brings the total number of former Winterhawks as Head Coaches in the WHL to five. Konowalchuk joins Shaun Clouston (Medicine Hat), Mike Williamson (Calgary), Bruno Campese (Prince Albert) and Derek Laxdal (Edmonton) as former Hawks now running benches in the Dub. All but Laxdal played their entire WHL careers in Portland.
When you think about it, former Hawks make up 26% of the current WHL top bench bosses (and the Hawks are not led by one), and, who knows, it could be more depending on what Everett, Moose Jaw and Regina do.
Congrats to Konowalchuk…the rivalry just got more interesting.
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