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Winterhawks Announce 2020-21 Player Development Plan

January 12, 2021 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Portland Winterhawks News Release

The Western Hockey League announced Friday the WHL Board of Governors have made a commitment to play a WHL 2020-21 Regular Season. The health and safety of our fans, players, staff, and Portland area community will continue to be our first priority

While the Winterhawks are committed to playing this season, our dedication to the development of our players and doing what is best for them and their playing careers also remains paramount

For this reason, the Winterhawks have released players Jack O'Brien, James Stefan, Clay Hanus, and Cross Hanas to the Lincoln Stars of the USHL. All players will return to Portland at the conclusion of the 2020-21 season.

"With the uncertainty of our start date due to restrictions in Oregon and Washington, we felt the opportunity for these four American players to play significant games could not be passed up," said Winterhawks Vice President, General Manager and Head Coach Mike Johnston.

Additionally, goaltender Joel Hofer and captain John Ludvig will have the opportunity as signed NHL prospects to play in the American Hockey League or National Hockey League this season.

Once the team is cleared to return to Portland, the WHL 2020-21 Regular Season schedule will be released.

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