Next: The Winter Hawks, who lost 2-1 at Tri-City on Wednesday, conclude the season with three games this weekend - at Seattle tonight, against Seattle at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Rose Garden and versus Spokane at 5 p.m. Sunday in Memorial Coliseum.
A colorful night: Saturday's game will feature 'retro' sweaters - Portland honoring the Buckaroos and Seattle the Totems - and green ice for St. Patrick's Day.
Donovan's dandies: President Jack Donovan met with fans last week at Stark Street Pizza. He said, among other things:
Three different groups - one from Oregon and two from Washington - have approached him about the Hawks moving and playing in new facilities in their locations. He did not identify the cities.
He encouraged fans to write city leaders to express concerns about Memorial Coliseum. 'These are the people who have the power to change our situation, and they need to hear from you,' he says.
'We are chipping away and getting a foothold' with the city, regarding maintenance, upgrades and management of the coliseum, he says.
Apparently, aggressive owner Jim Goldsmith tried to get ahold of Paul Allen to talk about the Winter Hawks' lease. 'He got a return call from (Allen's) staff,' Donovan says. '(Goldsmith) is a very, very intelligent person on leases, and he is a fiery guy. He's a competitor. He has a short fuse when he feels people are just passing him off. He definitely will be a guy that gets things done.'
This and that: The Winter Hawks have lost 25 of their last 27 games. … Goldsmith had earlier said that he expects to make a quick decision on the futures of General Manager Ken Hodge and coach Mike Williamson and hold a news conference within one week of the season's end. … The Winter Hawks have been shut out 17 times - equaling the number of times Swift Current got blanked in 2004-05 - a mark believed to be the Western Hockey League record. … The Hawks won't be setting the WHL record for fewest goals, which Swift Current holds (135).
- Jason Vondersmith