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From the Dub: We fly with our own wings

On Friday night, the Portland Winterhawks answered the WHL's sanctions with a win against the Seattle Thunderbirds and they are currently up 3-0 on the Everett Slivertips as I post this on Saturday night. The Friday festivities kicked off with a standing ovation for Head Coach and GM Mike Johnston when his photo and name were shown and announced, even though he couldn't be there. It kicked off a statement game where the Portland Winterhawks Booster Club also sold 500 "Free Mike J" t-shirts and the team exploded in the third period to win the game. The line for those shirts, BTW, was already stretched around the concourse when I arrived shortly after 6 p.m. The booster club is currently in Everett, bringing Portland's support to the team as they play at Comcast Arena. So you can see why Oregon's state motto is "she flies with her own wings"; it describes Oregonians perfectly. Indeed, the Winterhawks and their fans are flying with their own wings in the face of adversity. As this story continues to unfold, I expect the WHL's sanctions will only serve to strengthen our resolve and the team's commitment to winning, all the way to the Memorial Cup. So if anyone knows of any good hotels and restaurants in Saskatoon, give me a shout. I have a feeling I'll need them come May.

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Welcome to Above the Glass, a definitive anti-expert’s guide to hockey. I started blogging in 2009 as part of an effort to learn all 87 rules in the NHL Rulebook in 107 days before the 2010 Olympics, 30 years after I discovered the sport. You can peruse the archival results here. Growing up in Arizona, I didn’t even know hockey existed until February 22, 1980, when the USA played Russia in the Olympics. And just like that, the game of the century changed my life. I still don’t quite understand the icing rule or which faceoff circle goes with what offense, but I do know that every aspect of hockey has something to teach us about life. That’s what you’ll find here, along with my unadulterated passion for the game.

I live in Portland, Oregon, home of the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks. I invite anyone who wants to know more about hockey in the Rose City to visit here, where I blog exclusively about the Winterhawks. I’ll post an occasional musing about the Hawks, the WHL and junior hockey here as well.

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