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The Portland Eagles and Portland Penguins, 1944-1951
Hockey Returns After World War II
The Portland Eagles were inaugural members of the new Pacific Coast Hockey League (PCHL) in 1944-45 and were coached by Jimmy Ward. Ward piloted the team through the 1949-50 season. The Eagles finished in second place in the Northern Division with a 19-7-1 record in 1944-45. In the postseason, Portland defeated the Seattle Stars in the division semifinal four games to three. The northern division finals series between Portland and the Seattle Ironmen suddenly turned into the PCHL championship finals midway in the series when San Francisco (winners of the central and southern division playoffs) announced that they were not going to compete in the PCHL finals. The Ironmen prevailed over the Eagles four games to two.

In 1945-46, Portland had a 29-29-0 record with a second place divisional finish. The Eagles defeated the Seattle Ironmen two games to one in the division semifinals that season before losing in the division finals to Vancouver three games to two. The Eagles won the PCHL's Northern division title in 1946-47 with a 39-21-0 record. In the first two rounds of the playoffs, Portland defeated Vancouver three games to one and then the Seattle Ironmen four games to two to make it to the PCHL finals. In the finals, Los Angeles swept the Eagles in four games and captured the Philip Henderson Cup.

The next three seasons were not as fruitful for Portland. In 1947-48, the Eagles had their first losing season (17-46-3), finished in last place in their division, and missed the playoffs for the first time. The PCHL owners decided to make the circuit a professional League in 1948-49. The Eagles, who managed a winning record in 1948-49 (32-31-7, fourth place), were swept in the first round of the postseason in three games against New Westminster. The Portland club changes it's name to the Portland Penguins in 1949-50 and finished with a 32-30-9 record (fifth place and out of the playoffs).

In 1950-51, the name Eagles was brought back, and Portland named Tony Hemmerling coach. The club garnered a 30-32-8 record (fourth place) and lost in the opening playoff round in seven against Victoria. The Eagles folded after the 1950-51 season because of financial problems and an arena that was falling apart.
1944-45 Portland Eagles - Team signed Photo - Portland Eagles 1st Year in existence in the PCHL
1944-45 Portland Eagles Team signed photoPictured here from left to right are the following:

Front row: Bill Ernie, John Milliard, Joe Howe, Jerry Fodey, Bobby Morin, Andres Bouvrette;

Back row: Coach Jimmy Ward, Joe Conn, Aubrey "Babe" Webster, Walt MCcartney, Jimmy Planche, (Unknow), Alfred "Red" Carr, Art Schumann, Phil Dalgleish, Eddie Shamlock.

Team record:
19 wins, 7 losses, 1 tie. Portland loses to the Seattle Ironmen in the Playoffs.
1946-47 Portland Eagles, PCHL Northern Division Champions
1946-47 Portland EaglesPictured here from left to right are the following:

Front row: Eddie Shamlock, Butch Marchant, Eddie Kullman, Phil Dalgleish, John Gauthier, and Joe Schmidt.

Back row: Harold Regele (trainer), Larry Reardon, Jim Planche, Jack McDonald, Jerry Fodey, Harry Shipstad (manager), Hibbert Bean, Bill Kyle, Pat Desbiens, Bill Allan, and Jimmy ward (coach).

The trophy in the photograph is the Shipstad and Johnson Follies trophy, which was awarded annually to the winner of the Northern Division of the PCHL.

Team record:
39 wins, 21 losses, 0 ties
1948-49 Portland Eagles
1948-49 Portland EaglesPictured here from left to right are the following:

Front row: Frank Bangay, Al Shewchuk, Stan Robertson, Jimmy Ward (coach), Tom Karakas, Harry Shipstad (General Manager), Morrie Hamilton, John Sovicky, Frank Davis.

Back row: Jack Boog (trainer), Rudy Bobrosky, Johnny Horvath, Alex (Sandy) Milne, Hugh Sutherland, Pat Desbiens, Phillip Dalgleish, Walter Hnatiuk, Douglas Carrigan.

Team record:
32 wins, 31 losses, 7 ties
1950-51 Portland Eagles
1950-51 Portland EaglesPictured here from left to right are the following:

Left to right: Tom Karakas, Blinky Boyce, Jim Fairburn, George Homenuke, Hal Tarala, Larry Silvestri, Hal Hopper, Walt Samanski, Rudy Brodeur, Hugh Sutherland, Wally Bak, Bill Hartsburg, John Bailey, Joe Cuiman, Frank Kubasek, Danny Nixon.

Team record:
30 wins, 32 losses, 8 ties
Portland Eagles and Portland Penguins Players and Biographies, 1944-1951
Doug Carrigan Portland Eagles PhotoDoug Carrigan (Left Wing):

The left-winger was with the Eagles from 1947 to 1949, garnering 62 points, 23 goals, and 112 PIM in 122 games. He also played in the PCHL with Tacoma and Vancouver during the 1946-47 campaign. Carrigan spent time in the Eastern Amateur Hockey league (EAHL) from 1943 to 1946. The EAHL was known as the Eastern Hockey league (EHL) from 1954-1955 to 1972-1973.
Jim Planche Portland Eagles PhotoJim Planche (Left Wing):

Planche produced 148 points, 61 goals, and 31 PIM in 76 games during two campaigns with the Eagles in 1944-1945 and 1946-1947. He led the PCHL in points in 1946-1947. The left-winger played in two Memorial Cup tournaments with Montreal of the Quebec Senior Hockey League (QSHL) in 1940-41 and 1941-1942, and one Allan Cup tournament with Sherbrooke (QSHL) in 1949-1950.
Pat Desbiens Portland Eagles PhotoPat Desbiens (Right Wing):

Desbiens is the Eagles/Penguins' all-time leader in points (222) and goals (143). Overall, he ranks third in games played (251) and is tied for fourth in assists (79) in franchise history. The right-winger spent four seasons with Portland, from 1946 to 1950, and led the PCHL in goals twice. He shares the PCHL/WHL record for most goals in a game-five-and became the first player to score four goals in a period in PCHL/WHL history (both on November 24, 1948). Pat was also a PCHL All-Star in 1949. (
You can see the original invitation to the game, signed by George Leader and other memorabilia donated by the Desbiens family here)
Phil Dagleish Portland Eagles PhotoPhil Dalgleish (Defense):

In Eagles/Penguins history, Dalgleish is first all-time in assists (123) games played (314) and PIM (276) and second all time in points (221) and goals (98). The defenseman skated with Portland for five seasons, from 1945 to 1950. He also spent time in the Maritime Major Hockey League (MMHL) from 1950 to 1953 and played between 1953 and 1956 in the IHL (the league that was originally based in the Midwest and operated from 1945 to 2001.
Joe Ciuman Portland Eagles PhotoJoe Ciuman (Wing):

Ciuman tallied 90 points, 47 goals, and 64 PIM in 117 games with Portland from 1949 to 1951. The winger also spent time in the EAHL (from 1943 to 1947, the AHL from 1947 to 1949, and the United States Hockey League (USHL) in 1948-1949. He tied the PCHL/WHL record for most goals in a period with four (set on November 9, 1949).
Al Millar Portland Eagles PhotoAl Millar (Goalie):

Millar earned a 3.39 GAA and a 15-10-3 record in 28 games with Portland in 1950-1951. In 1961-1962 and 1963-1964, he won the WHL Outstanding Goalkeeper Award and was named a WHL All-Star. Millar was a member of two Lester Patrick Cup championship teams - Victoria in 1965-1966 and Vancouver in 1968-1969. The goaltender had a stint in the NHL in 1957-1958.
Alex Milne Portland Eagles PhotoAlex Milne (Defense):

The defenseman totaled 51 points, 14 goals, and 141 PIM in 122 games with Portland from 1948 to 1950. Milne also played in the AHA in 1940-1941, spent several seasons in the AHL between 1941 and 1947, and skated in the USHL from 1946 to 1948.
Harold Bangay Portland Eagles PhotoHarold "Nick" Bangay (Left Wing):

In two seasons with Portland, from 1948 to 1950, the left-wing tallied 104 points, 49 goals, and 127 PIM in 140 games. He also played in the AHL with Philadelphia in 1947-1948.
Al Shewchuk Portland Eagles PhotoAl Shewchuk (Defense):

In 1948-1949 with Portland, Shewchuk garnered 31 points, 23 assists, and 109 PIM in 65 games. The defenseman also played in the PCHL with San Francisco in 1949-1950, in the EAHL in 1945-1946, and in the AHL from 1946-1948.
Rudy Bobrosky Portland Eagles PhotoRudy Bobrosky (Defense):

Bobrosky produced 43 points and 15 goals in 122 games during two seasons with the Eagles, from 1947 to 1949. He also played in PCHL with Seattle in 1947-1948.
John Bailey Portland Eagles PhotoJohn Bailey (Right Wing):

In 1950-1951, with the Eagles, Bailey had 13 points, 6 goals, 7 assists, and 10 PIM in 44 games. The right-winger also played in the PCHL/WHL with Seattle from 1951 to 1953, New Westminster in 1952-1953, and Saskatoon in 1953-1954. He also spent time in several other professional leagues and won back-to-back Turner Cups with St. Paul (IHL) in 1959-1960 and 1960-1961
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Hugh Sutherland Portland Eagles PhotoHugh Sutherland (Defense):

He ranks second all time in games played (272) and PIM (267) in Eagles'/Penguins' history. Sutherland also garnered 91 points and 29 goals during four seasons with Portland, from 1947 to 1951. The defenseman played in the PCHL with San Diego in 1946-1947 and with Seattle in 1947-1948..

Frank Kubasek Portland Eagles PhotoFrank Kubasek (Center):

In 1950-951, with the Eagles, Kubasek had 58 points, 23 goals, and 10 PIM in 65 games.The center also played in the PCHL/WHL with San Francisco in 1949-1950, Edmonton between between 1950 and 1954, and Spokane in 1958-1959. He spent time in the AHL from 1952 to 1954, and played for two Calder-Cup winning teams in Cleveland (AHL) in 1952-1953 and 1953-1954.

Larry Silvestri Portland Eagles PhotoLarry Silvestri (Right Wing):

Silvestri produced 70 points, 29 goals, and 6 PIM in 70 games with the Eagles in 1950-1951. The right-winger skated in the PCHL with Oakland in 1944-1945, San Francisco in 1949-1950, and Seattle in 1951-1952, and was also named a PCHL All-Star twice. He won back-to-back Loudon trophies with Kansas City (USHL) in 1945-1946 and 1946-1947
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John Holota Portland Eagles PhotoJohn Holota (Center):

In 1950-951, with the Eagles, Kubasek had 58 points, 23 goals, and 10 PIM in 65 games.The center also played in the PCHL/WHL with San Francisco in 1949-1950, Edmonton between between 1950 and 1954, and Spokane in 1958-1959. He spent time in the AHL from 1952 to 1954, and played for two Calder-Cup winning teams in Cleveland (AHL) in 1952-1953 and 1953-1954.

Hal Hopper Portland Eagles PhotoHal Hopper (Center):

In two campaigns with Portland from, from 1949 to 1951, Hopper garnered 52 points, 24 goals, and 80 PIM in 91 games. He also played in the EAHL in 1949-1950 and in the USHL in 1950-1951.

Frank Davis Portland Eagles PhotoFrank Davis (Right Wing):

In two seasons with Portland, from 1948 to 1950, the right wing tallied 73 points, 36 goals, and 86 PIM in 136 games.

Bill Summerhill Portland Eagles PhotoBill Summerhill (Right Wing):

The right-winger garnered 31 points, 15 goals, and 10 PIM in 40 games with the Eagles in 1950-1951. A veteran of three NHL regular-season campaigns (1938 to 1940 and in 1941-1942), Summerhill had 31 points, 14 goals, and 70 PIM in 72 games. He was a member of two Calder Cup-winning teams with Cleveland (AHL) in 1940-1941 and Buffalo (AHL) in 1942-1943.

Aubrey Webster Portland Eagles PhotoAubrey Webster (Right Wing):

The right-winger played for the Eagles from 1944 to 1946 and collected 44 points, 16 goals, and 44 PIM in 76 games. Webster also played for the WCHL/NWHL/PCHL Buckaroos from 1938 to 1940 and produced 49 points, 28 goals, and 35 PIM in 62 games. He was a member of Portland's 1938-1939 championship team.

Craig McClelland Portland Eagles PhotoCraig McClelland (Goalie):

McClelland compiled a 5.16 GAA in 30 games with the Eagles in 1947-1948. The goaltender also played in the PCHL with Tacoma in 1946-1947.

Art Strobel Portland Eagles PhotoArt Strobel (Left Wing):

In 1949-1950, with the Penguins, the left-winger produced 43 points, 20 goals, and 28 PIM in 71 games. Strobel had a stint in the NHL with New York in 1943-1944. He also spent time in the EAHL in 1943-1944, the AHL from 1944 to 1946, and the USHL from 1945 to 1949.

Nick Tomiuk Portland Eagles PhotoNick Tomiuk (Left Wing):

In 1949-1950, with the Penguins, the left-winger produced 39 points, 10 goals, and 20 PIM in 47 games. Tomiuk also played in the PCHL with Seattle in 1951-1952. He spent time in the USHL from 1946 to 1951 and the AHL in 1950-1951. Tomiuk won a Loudon Trophy with Minneapolis (USHL) in 1949-1950.

Hal Tarala Portland Eagles PhotoHal Tarala (Defense):

Tarala produced 59 points, 42 assists, and 81 PIM in 110 games during two seasons with Portland, from 1949 to 1951. He also spent time with the PCHL/WHL with Vancouver in 1951-1952, Tacoma in 1952-1953, and New Westminster in 1955-1956. The defenseman also played in the USHL from 1947 to 1950, the QHL in 1953-1954, and the AHL in 1953-1954.

Jerry Fodey Portland Eagles PhotoJerry Fodey (Goalie):

In three seasons with the Eagles, from 1945 to 1948, Fodey compiled a 4.12 GAA and three shutouts in 139 games. The goaltender also played in the PCHL with Seattle in 1948-1949 and with Victoria in 1949-1950.

Tom Karakas Portland Eagles PhotoTom Karakas (Goalie):

Karakas played the most games between the pipes (182) in Eagles/Penguins history. The goaltender earned a 3.39 GAA, had six shutouts, and was named to the PCHL All-Star Team twice during three seasons with Portland, from 1948 to 1951. He also spent two seasons in the USHL between 1947 and 1951.

Jim Fairburn Portland Eagles PhotoJim Fairburn (Right Wing):

Fairburn played in all 70 Eagles' games during the 1950-1951 campaign and did not have any penalty minutes. He had 62 points and 29 goals that season with Portland. Fairburn also skated in the PCHL/WHL with San Francisco from 1948 to 1095, Seattle in 1951-1952, Victoria in 1952-1953, and New Westminster in 1953-1954.
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