Catching Portland Winterhawks in action after Burgerville Meal!

Catching Portland Winterhawks in action was an excellent story to tell. This is because it was the first time EVER that we watched an ice hockey match! But before we get to the match proper, we’ll talk about the meal we had at Burgerville first…

After parking our car at Rose Quarter for $8,

 Parking Ticket at Rose Garden for Portland Winterhawks Match on New Year's Eve
Parking Ticket at Rose Garden for Portland Winterhawks Match on New Year’s Eve

we approached the ticketing booth to find out how to get to our seats.

 Winterhawks match at Moda Center also home to NBA team Portland Trailblazers
Winterhawks match at Moda Center also home to NBA team Portland Trailblazers

At the same time, we also asked where we could get our dinner. We were told to head towards Multnomah Street. As we headed in the general direction of where the cashier pointed, we started to see several Winterhawks fans walking in the same direction as well. After about a 6 minutes walk, we finally arrived at Burgerville…

Dinner at Burgerville Multnomah Street

 Following a hawks fan to Burgerville
Following a hawks fan to Burgerville

 Nope, we're not stalking this hawks fan
Nope, we’re not stalking this hawks fan

 Menu at Burgerville
Menu at Burgerville

After much consideration, we finally settled for the half pound colossal cheese burger with a basket (which actually means a meal – with fries and drinks) for 9.89USD…

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Colossal Cheese Burger – Tasty US Beef!

The fun thing about our trip to Burgerville was this machine…

 Cool touch screen drinks dispensing machine
Cool touch screen drinks dispensing machine

The really cool thing about this machine is that it actually dispenses over 100 different types of drinks! From this machine, we had coke lime and vanilla root beer! For each drink, you’ll choose the primary taste (i.e. Coke, Sprite, Root Beer etc.) then a secondary choice of raspberry, lime, lemon etc appears! With these combinations, you can enjoy over 100 different drinks through just this one machine! Cool huh?!

Pre-match Activities inside Moda Center

Before the start of the match, there were many things going on…

 Waha 50 50 pot - 50% of the pot goes to the winner while the other 50% goes to support youth / hocket initiatives
Waha 50 50 pot – 50% of the pot goes to the winner while the other 50% goes to support youth / hocket initiatives

 Bought a ticket - Did not win though :(
Bought a ticket – Did not win though :(

 Watch a Portland Trailblazers match or buy a Winterhawks jersey
Watch a Portland Trailblazers match or buy a Winterhawks jersey

 Rose Bud Cheerleaders gave out posters to show which Winterhawks players graduated to play for NHL teams
Rose Bud Cheerleaders gave out posters to show which Winterhawks players graduated to play for NHL teams

Speaking of NHL, we then confirmed that we were actually watching a WHL (Western Hockey League) and not NHL (National Hockey League) game! Turns out that Winterhawks is made up of players from 15 to 20 years of age and this posters showed some of the past players that went on to play for NHL teams. The funny thing was that eventhough it was sort of like a high school match, there were more than 10,000 fans that turned up for the match! So much more than S-League! :o

 Crowds starting to fill the stadium
Crowds starting to fill the stadium

 Introducing the players of Winterhawks into the arena
Introducing the players of Winterhawks into the arena

Portland Winterhawks vs Kelowna Rockets


Teams warming up before the match

 Into the thick of action between Portland Winterhawks and Kelowna Rockets
Into the thick of action between Portland Winterhawks and Kelowna Rockets

We really enjoyed the game because of the fast paced, adrenaline-filled, action-packed, testosterone-charged game! There were many occasions where the players really slammed each other into the glass and got into fights! But the game itself was really exciting…Watch…


Can you see the puck?!

 Players changing during the match
Players changing during the match

The match that we watched was the New Year’s Eve 2013 match between the Portland Winterhawks and Kelowna Rockets. As we watched the match, we realised that we were actually surrounded by Rockets fans, in particular 2 really cute kids who sat behind us. Although the home team was the Winterhawks, the kids behind kept shouting “Go get ‘em!”, “Go Rockets Go!” , “Fight Fight Fight!” …it was as if we had live commentary right behind our seats! The match was eventually won by the Rockets 9 to 3. However, on the few occasions that the Winterhawks scored, the stadium went crazy! Watch…


Portland Winterhawks Celebration

There’s also a funny side story going on here. Notice the boy in the video who turns behind while celebrating? He was particularly agitated when the Rockets scored against his team and especially so when the boys behind cheered really loudly. So when the Winterhawks scored, he turned and celebrated as if to say “Take that you Kelowna Rockets supporters!”

What you can expect during intervals of ice hockey matches

 Chuck-A-Puck
Chuck-A-Puck

Chuck-A-Puck is a game where fans are asked to purchase rubber pucks and during this segment, they would have to throw their puck as accurately as they possibly can towards the bulls-eye in the middle of the ice hockey rink! The puck closest (or inside) the bulls-eye will win the cash prize!

 The Kiss-Cam
The Kiss-Cam

Finally got to see the kiss-cam as well! The kiss-cam is actually just a little game whereby once the camera features a couple, they would kiss for the screens! As simple as that! If you remember, during the movie anger management, Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson kissed because they were featured on the kiss cam! This night, all couples except 1, kissed for the screens. The “couple” which didn’t? Was a feature of a young man sitting next to an old lady, the young man just shaked his head…


Rose Bud – Cheerleaders of the Portland Winterhawks

And of course, the Rose Bud – Cheerleaders of the Portland Winterhawks came on for performances during intervals as well.

Portland Winterhawks Burgerville
Portland Winterhawks Burgerville

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All in all, we had a wonderful experience of watching an American ice hockey match “LIVE”! The match itself was really exciting and the fringe activities also got the fans interested as well! We will definitely try to catch a NHL game if we can for our next trip to the USA (along with NBA and MLB games)!

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