The Western Hockey League hopes to conclude its audit and review of the Portland Winter Hawks by this weekend.
What have they found?
'Who knows?' Portland President Jack Donovan says. 'They don't say much; they just ask for documentation.'
WHL Commissioner Ron Robison, through a spokesman, declined to comment until the audit has been completed.
• Donovan, backing off from comments made by principal owner Jim Goldsmith, says that Ken Hodge will remain the general manager in charge of personnel and scouting.
• Hodge, player personnel director Matt Bardsley and coaches are busy preparing for the bantam draft Saturday. The Hawks have the No. 2 selection and the first pick of the second round.
• Contrary to one published report, Donovan says the Winter Hawks would not be required to raise the estimated $2 million it would take to upgrade the pavilion at the Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center in Salem for hockey, if the Winter Hawks decide to move there.
Dave Koellermeier, Oregon State Fair manager, believes fair officials could raise the money locally to make the pavilion hockey-ready.
- Jason Vondersmith