Winterhawks sign coach/GM Mike Johnston to four-year contract extension
- Portland Tribune - Sports
Coach/General Manager Mike Johnston and Travis Green, assistant GM and coach, have signed four-year contract extensions with the Portland Winterhawks.
Assistant coach Kyle Gustafson, director of player personnel Garry Davidson, director of hockey operations Matt Bardsley, trainer/strength and conditioning coach Rich Campbell and equipment manager Rob Gagne have also all signed multi-year contract extensions.
Johnston was the Western Hockey League's Western Conference executive of the year last season. The Hawks led the West with 103 points and advanced to the league finals for the first time since 2001.
In just under three years at the helm, Johnston is 108-79-5-6, and his winning percentage of .573 is second in franchise history among coaches with at least 100 games. He came to the Winterhawks after a decade in the NHL as associate coach with the Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings. Johnston also has been actively involved with Hockey Canada, coaching at the Olympics, world championships and with the world under-18 team.
Green joined the Winterhawks after playing 14 years in the NHL with five teams. He had 193 goals and 262 assists for 455 points in 970 career games. Green also played four seasons in the WHL (1986-1990) with the Spokane Chiefs and Medicine Hat Tigers, totaling 152 goals and 189 assists for 341 points.
Gustafson will be entering his eighth season with the Winterhawks.
Bardsley has been with the organization for nearly a decade. He evaluates other teams' rosters and list players, assists Johnston and Green with trade discussions and player evaluations and oversees the recruiting program.
Campbell came aboard with Johnston and Green in 2008 and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the players' physical conditioning.
Gagne also joined the team with Johnston and Green and has nearly 20 years of hockey experience.