Portland Winterhawks owner Bill Gallacher has one goal: to bring the Memorial Cup back to Portland.
To achieve that goal, he is providing the organization with all the necessary resources to return the Winterhawks to the elite status Portland fans remember.
After taking over ownership of the team in October of 2008, Gallacher’s first act was to hire a front office with nearly 40 years of combined NHL experience. Ten-year NHL assistant coach Mike Johnston heads up the hockey operations as General Manager and Head Coach. After a 14-year NHL playing career, Travis Green was hired as the team’s Assistant General Manager and Assistant Coach. And Rich Campbell, who spent nine seasons as the trainer for the New York Islanders, was hired as the team’s Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Coach.
On the business side, Gallacher hired Portland native and long-time NHL executive Doug Piper as the team’s president. And despite the international economic downturn, Gallacher approved the hiring of over 10 new employees on the business side in his first three months as owner, more than doubling the staff. In addition, Gallacher approved the remodeling of the team’s locker room and lounge area, as well as the business offices.
Gallacher is the President of Avenir Capital Corporation, a private equity firm that invests in new and existing junior companies. An engineer by profession, Gallacher was an entrepreneur in the oil patch and brings experience in the financial markets and corporate structuring. Avenir Capital’s core holdings have been built on a business model that includes a solid management team, a strategic business plan and the capital to execute the plan. Currently Gallacher sits on the board of directors of Avenir Diversified Income Trust, Athabasca Oil Sands Corp., Black Diamond Income Fund, Maxim Power Corp., Mahalo Energy Ltd. and Great Plains Exploration.
Gallacher is a life-long hockey fan, and owns season tickets for both the NHL’s Calgary Flames and the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen. Gallacher is also a part owner of the BCHL’s Nanaimo Clippers.