Portland Winterhawks Assistant General Manager & Assistant Coach
Travis Green has accepted the position of head coach of the American
Hockey League’s Utica Comets, the top minor league affiliate of the
National Hockey League’s Vancouver Canucks.
Green joined the
Winterhawks in November 2008, and played an important role in turning
around the franchise. The Winterhawks set a team record with a 48-point
improvement in 2009-10, then won back-to-back Western Conference
championships the following two seasons.
Last season, Green took
over as acting head coach in late November, and led the team to a record
of 37-8-0-2 over the final 47 games of the season. The Hawks then went
on to win the WHL Championship, the third in franchise history and first
since 1998. The title qualified the Winterhawks for the MasterCard
Memorial Cup, where they advanced to the championship game.
incredibly proud of everything we achieved in the five years I was
here, but I feel I’m ready to take the next step and become a head
coach,” said Green. “We built a championship team and a culture of
winning here, and they’re lessons I will take with me for the rest of my
career. I’m grateful to Bill Gallacher, Mike Johnston and the entire
organization for the opportunity to begin my coaching and management
career with the Winterhawks.”
“Travis has done a terrific job
with the Winterhawks as a coach and also on the management side,” said
Portland Winterhawks General Manager & Head Coach Mike Johnston.
“He’s played an integral part in our success, and like our players it’s
great to see him move on and get a professional opportunity. We wish him
all the best in Utica.”
Prior to joining the Winterhawks in 2008
Green played nearly 1,000 NHL games with the New York Islanders, Mighty
Ducks of Anaheim, Phoenix Coyotes, Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston
Bruins, and tallied 193 goals and 455 points.
Green also played
in the WHL for both the Spokane Chiefs and Medicine Hat Tigers from
1986-1990. During his four seasons he totaled 152 goals and 342 points
in 286 games. In 2010 the Chiefs named him one of the top-25 players in
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