Three ex-Winterhawks vying for Stanley Cup
Three former Portland Winterhawks remain alive in the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs.
Forward Ryan Johansen, who played two seasons in Portland (2009-11) scored two goals on Sunday in Nashville's double-overtime win over Winnipeg that tied that series 1-1.
Defenseman Braydon Coburn, who played four seasons in Portland (2001-05), had one assist through eight playoff games with Tampa Bay. The Lightning are 1-1 with Boston in the second playoff round.
Joe Morrow, who played four seasons in Portland (2008-12), appeared in all five games for Winnipeg in its first-round win over Minnesota. Morrow scored a game-winning goal in that series. But with three defensemen returning to health, Morrow did not play in the first two games of the second-round series with Nashville that is tied 1-1.
• The Stanley Cup playoffs aren't the only playoff hockey keeping former (and current) Winterhawks busy.
Former Winterhawks goalie Adin Hill led the Tucson Roadrunners to the franchise's first American Hockey League Calder Cup playoff series win. Hill posted two shutouts and had a goals-against average of 1.76 in a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Barracuda.
Tucson opens a best-of-seven series with the Texas Stars on Wednesday.
Joachim Blichfeld, who joined the Barracuda after the Winterhawks lost in the Western Hockey League second round to Everett, made his pro debut by playing in the final two games against Tucson.
The AHL series between the Manitoba Moose (Winnipeg Jets) and Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit Red Wings) featured several former and current Winterhawks.
Chase De Leo had two goals and five assists in the five-game series, including an empty-netter in Monday's deciding game, a 5-1 Manitoba win.
For the Moose, Nic Petan had a goal and two assists in the series. Skyler McKenzie, who joined Winnipeg's AHL team after the Winterhawks were eliminated from the playoffs, scored his first professional goal in Manitoba's Game 3 win.
For the Griffins, Dennis Chowlowski has played in two games, one of them in the playoffs, after the Hawks' season ended.
Missing the playoffs for Grand Rapids due to injury is Dominic Turgeon. He recently underwent surgery for a blood clot in his right arm and is expected to be ready for the preseason.
Turgeon played five games with the Red Wings this season. For Grand Rapids, he finished with 14 goals, 18 assists and a plus-13 rating in 69 games.
• In his first season with the Bakersfield Condors (Edmonton Oilers), defenseman Caleb Jones had two goals and 15 assists in 58 games and was a minus-25 for a team that didn't make the playoffs.
Before finishing the season in the NHL and posting five goals and four assists for Edmonton in 14 games, Ty Rattie had 21 goals and 22 assists in 53 games with the Condors.
In his fifth pro season, defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon was an associate captain for the Stockton Heat. He had seven goals and 30 assists and was a plus-19 in 67 games.
In his first full AHL season, forward Miles Koules had 13 goals and 14 assists in 68 games for the Cleveland Monsters.
In his second pro season, forward Paul Bittner had nine goals and nine assists in 52 games for Cleveland.
In his second pro season, defenseman Jack Dougherty had one goal and 11 assists in 63 games with the Milwaukee Admirals.
Alex Schoenborn spent most of his second pro season in the ECHL with the Allen Americans (six goals, nine assists, 42 games). He played five AHL games with the San Jose Barracuda and had one goal and one assist.
In his first pro season, Keegan Iverson had one goal in 11 games with the AHL's Ontario Reign. With the ECHL's Manchester Monarchs, Iverson had six goals and 12 assists in 35 games. He played but did not score in the Monarchs' first two playoff games.
In his third pro season, defenseman Anton Cederholm played 12 games with the AHL's Utica Comets and 31 games with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL (three goals, seven assists, plus-21).
Also joining AHL teams to train after the Winterhawks season were Cody Glass (Chicago Wolves) and goalie Cole Kehler (Ontario Reign), though neither got game action.