Portland Winterhawks

Brendan Leipsic

Brendan LepsicTotal players responses: 543
Total 2017 responses: 2

Unfortunately, I didn’t track when I had sent this particular set of cards out but boy, am I glad to see them return back to me!

Brendan is a former alum from the Portland Winterhawks (as seen in one of the cards I got signed) and was one of my favorite players while I was following junior hockey.  Since his junior hockey days, he’s been drafted in to the NHL (89th overall, Nashville), traded to the Leafs and picked up most recently by the Vegas Golden Knights.

I remember his first goal quite well since he had just traveled to Vancouver to debut in the NHL.  His parents had flown to watch the game to witness this occurrence!  It was so exciting to see him score versus my hometown team and in how much media exposure his family had gotten since they were there!  Brendan Lepsic1

I wish Brendan all the luck in the world and hopefully he can find his way on to a very new Golden Knights team this year and establish himself as a full time NHL player.  Good luck this season Brendan!

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Derrick Pouliot

Date sent: October 20, 2011
Date received: May 23, 2012
Total time: 216 days
Total players responses: 469
Total 2012 responses: 72

Derrick Pouliot is a (former?) Portland Winterhawk who was drafted in the 2012 entry draft this past year.  He was drafted 8th overall by the Penguins.  Derrick has many awards and honors attached to him.  He was a 1st overall draft pick in the WHL Bantam Draft, selected obviously by the Hawks, and also a few gold medals from the Ivan Hlinka Tournament.  Most recently he was selected to be a part of the CHL Top Prospects game.

Ryan Johansen

Date sent: October 20th, 2011
Date received: November 21st, 2011
Total time: 32 days
Total players responses: 376
Total 2011 responses: 371

Nice, Ryan Johansen is the 4th overall draft pick in the 2010 entry draft and is going to be a great hockey player.  He currently plays for the Columbus Blue Jackets, but originally from Vancouver, BC.  He was part of the 2011 Team Canada team which lost to Team Russia in a monumental collapse.  I hope this years’ squad doesn’t repeat that scenario ever!  Thanks Ryan.

Nino Niederreiter

Date sent: October 20th, 2011
Date received: October 31st, 2011
Total time: 11 days
Total players responses: 353
Total 2011 responses: 348

A former 5th overall draft pick (2010), Nino Niederreiter is a swiss born NHL (super?)star.  Currently playing for the NY Islanders, Nino has no points this season (at the time of this blog post at least), but has played only a handful of games due to a groin injury at the beginning of November.  He previously had scored 70 points in 55 games playing for the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL, so we all know he’s able to put up good numbers… in the WHL, that is.