Willamette Week: Hockey History From Portland To The Stanley Cup


The holiday break came at the right time for the Portland Winterhawks.

After putting together a modest five game win-streak to close out November and to start December (8-1 before dropping on the road to Victoria) the Winterhawks now head into the New Year losing two in a row sitting at third in the U.S. Division at 19-16.

Portland returns to the ice on December 27 on the road oddly enough against division foe Tri-City (19-15)…until then, enjoy the break and look back on some deep rooted hockey history from Jay Horton at the Willamette Week – How The Chicago Blackhawks Took Pro Hockey From Portland.

One hundred years ago in 1916, the Portland Rosebuds were the first American team engraved upon the Stanley Cup as top club of an ascendant league revolutionizing professional hockey.

But only ten years later, the Rosebuds were already gone—their league folded, traditions discarded, and players purchased by an upstart Chicago franchise soon dubbed the Blackhawks. And through an unlikely chain of coincidence, Portland had to wear their shirts as a reminder.

Wendell Maxey
Wendell serves as Managing Editor of Portland Sports and operates Wendell Maxey Consulting. For the past 13 years, Wendell has worked in sports business in the US and Europe and currently partners with Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, NBA Shooting Coach John Townsend, Full Court Peace, Champions Basketball League, GC Hoops and Portland Sports.