Lesley Dawson

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Alumni Spotlight: Wayne & Dave Babych – Portland Winterhawks

[Pictured above: Wayne Babych and former trainer Innes Mackie in March, 1977] Former Winterhawks and Edmonton natives Wayne and Dave Babych are widely considered to be one of the greatest pairs of brothers in the history of the Western Hockey League. Wayne, the elder Babych brother, was a member of the original Edmonton Oil Kings when the franchise made the move to Portland in 1976. Wayne, who was 18 at the time, had spent a total of three years with the Oil Kings before coming to Portland for

Home heavy schedule in January pays dividends for Winterhawks

In the world of junior hockey, long nights spent on the bus and in hotel rooms are the norm, especially in the thick of the regular season. Surprisingly, the Winterhawks spent just one night in a hotel room in the month of January as they played the majority of their games on home ice, as the team’s division-heavy schedule created a playoff-like atmosphere in Portland almost every night. For the most part, Winterhawks players will admit that playing a month of games at home is preferable over

Winterhawks forward Rodrigo Abols makes most of his last World Junior appearance

In late December, Rodrigo Abols and the Latvian U20 team arrived at the airport in his hometown of Riga greeted by an elated crowd of their fellow countrymen. The fans had gathered there to congratulate the Latvian team after their outstanding performance in Division I A of the World Junior Championship – one that earned the Latvians a promotion to the IIHF’s main tournament in 2017 for the first time since their relegation to Division I A in 2013. Latvia went 4-1 in this year’s Division I A t
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