Trouble in Hawkey Town

by Steve, February 21st, 2008

Rumors have been swirling around town about the sad, sad state of the Winter Hawks, and the league seems to be taking notice.

Kamploops (B.C.) Daily News sports editor Greg Drinnan reports that the WHL is reviewing the situation.

The most serious rumors are about player treatment, and the team refusing to pay for surgery of an injured player. It is also rumored that the team is delinquent in paying for hockey sticks, and players are having to buy their own.

At this point the best thing might be for the league to take over the team, and try to right the ship. It’s bad enough having the worst record in the league since the 1989-90 Victoria Cougars. If you aren’t taking care of your players, you’ve got no place running a major junior hockey team.

2 Responses to “Trouble in Hawkey Town”

  1. Comment from McAngryPants:

    1) disgusting. whomever responsible should be flogged (or at least body checked by Tie Domi)

    2)Ugh. so just for fun I clicked on the Winterhawks link. First thing I see in the news section…faith night. oh jesus h christ. IMHO, after the separation of church and state the very next thing on the list should be the separation of church and sports.

  2. Comment from Steve:

    The question of surgery is a little cloudier, since the player in question was quoted in the O saying it was his option. (Still, you’ve got to wonder.)

    Lot’s going on. Andy Kemper has suspended blog posts, and there is endless chatter on the OregonLive Forum and the WHL e-mail list.

    The best thing that could happen for hockey in Portland would be for the current owners to sell to a consortium of former Winter Hawks players.