The Hawks’ Nest

Mucha Trade
November 23, 2009, 12:42 pm
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Around noon yesterday I had just put my son down for a nap and was settling in to watch some football when my cell phone rang. The call display said “Mike Johnston”, and over the years I’ve learned that when the GM is calling your cell phone on a Sunday, it’s usually not to ask how your fantasy football team is doing (Which was fine yesterday, since there’s no way I could have described their performance without an Ari Gold-like string of expletives).

Mike told me about the trade and just like that my quiet Sunday had turned into a flurry of phone calls and press release drafts. Two hours later the news was out, and Winterhawks fans were weighing in on the deal online. Andy wrote a nice farewell to Kurtis over at his blog, and I won’t try to replicate it here. I’ll just say this: I’ve only been here a year, but in that time Kurtis was always a pleasure to work with, and always handled himself incredibly well. He’s a great guy and everyone here wishes him well in Kamloops.

I will make one more point: even in my relatively short time here, I’ve seen first-hand how much he’s meant to the fans in Portland. That impact hasn’t been lost on the front office either, and it was something they were cognizant of. Trading Kurtis was not easy to do, but ultimately tough decisions come with the territory.

Anyway, back to the ice, Brett Ponich will miss the games Tuesday vs. Regina and Wednesday at Tri-Cities to play for Team WHL in the Subway Super Series against the Russian National Junior Team. Ponich will then travel back to Portland on Thanksgiving day and be in uniform Friday at Seattle.

Speaking of Regina, tomorrow’s game will feature the return of Killian Hutt to Portland. Hutt had 35 points last season, and has 12 points in 16 games this season.

A few other notes:

-The annual Bank of the West Teddy Bear Toss is coming up on Saturday. The Winterhawks will be looking to set a new world record, currently held by the Calgary Hitmen with 26,919 bears. Fans can purchase bears for just $1 at local Dollar Tree stores. All teddy bears collected at the game will be donated to local children’s hospitals and charities.

Tickets for the Teddy Bear Toss are going fast, and the team is anticipating a sellout. The best value for the game is the Teddy 10-Pack, 10 tickets and 10 Hawk Eyes hats beginning at just $120. To take advantage of the deal, contact the team’s ticket office at 503-238-6366, or

-Winterhawks players will be signing autographs at the Oregon City Fred Meyer on Sunday, November 29 at 5 p.m. The store is located at 1839 Molalla Avenue in Oregon City.


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