Evan Johnson said it was sometimes hard not to laugh. Not because the Portland Winterhawks jumped on his former team for a 4-1 lead, but because his friends on the Calgary Hitmen were doing their best to distract the goalie.
OLYMPIA — While Washington's four teams in the Western Hockey League are under investigation for child labor practices, the state Legislature is considering a league request to exempt amateur athletes from state labor laws.
Sometimes it is better for young hockey players to play a lot of games with minimal time off. At least that's been the trend for the Portland Winterhawks, whose only game this week is on Friday against visiting Tri-City.
Sure, Paul Bittner was tired. Four games in four nights, a cross-continent flight and six hours on a bus will do that — even to 18-year-old hockey players. Not that a casual observer could have noticed.
By JOHN WAWROW, Associated Press
January 25, 2015 9:06 p.m.
Blue Jackets forward Ryan Johansen spent the past few days showing off Columbus to his fellow NHL All-Stars. On Sunday, Johansen did some showing off of his own by winning an online fan vote to be named the game’s MVP.