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Portland Buckaroos 1936-1937

Portland Buckaroos 1936-1937(2)

The Portland Buckaroos was the name of several professional ice hockey teams based in Portland, Oregon.

PCHL/NWHL era (1928-1941)

The first incarnation of Portland Buckaroos played their home games at the Portland Ice Arena. The Buckaroos initially played in the four-team Pacific Coast Hockey League (PCHL) from 1928 to 1931. The PCHL folded in 1931, and in 1933, the Buckaroos joined the new North West Hockey League. In 1936, the Buckaroos rejoined the reconstituted four-team PCHL, and won league championships in 1937 and 1939.

With the onset of World War II, the PCHL folded again in 1941. In 1944, it was again resurrected, but this time, Portland's team was the Portland Eagles (known as the Portland Penguins for one season).

Portland Buckaroos WHL logo

WHL era (1960-1975)

In 1960, Portland was granted a franchise in the minor league Western Hockey League (WHL) for its newly-built 10,500 seat Memorial Coliseum, and the Buckaroos name was reincarnated. The new Buckaroos were composed mostly of players and coaches from the New Westminster Royals, including its head coach Hal Laycoe. The Buckaroos went on to beat the Seattle Totems in the league championship and win the Lester Patrick Cup in its first season of existence.

The Buckaroos won another league championship under Laycoe in 1964-65, and a third in 1970-71 under coach and former team captain Gord Fashoway.

In 1974, the WHL folded and the Buckaroos moved to the Western International Hockey League for the 1974-75 season, and to the startup Pacific Northwest Hockey League the next year, but that league did not last a full season.

1966-67 season Portland Buckaroos program

Notable Buckaroos

An incomplete list of noted Buckaroos players:


WHL era

External links

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