Team Oregon 2017



 High School Players and Families,

I hope that you have had a great start to the 2016–17-hockey season. While Team Oregon is geared primarily towards Junior and Senior players, it is important for freshman and sophomore players to get the same information so you and your families can learn about the opportunity and plan for your future. For all players that are a junior or senior in high school, I would like for you to consider this opportunity for this season.

For the past several years, the PIHL has hosted the America’s High School Showcase in Pittsburgh, PA. This is a chance to showcase your talents and skills to a large number of college and junior hockey scouts, coaches and team managers from all over the US and Canada. For many Oregon players, they simply do not get these chances to compete and have this level of exposure to further their hockey career. From last year alone, Oregon players had several contacts and some have gone on to play junior hockey, some to college hockey.

At this point we have not set a date for player evaluations. We are gathering information about interested players, giving us a chance to start watching you during your season. We will schedule a more formal evaluation and process as we get closer towards the end of January and based on the number of players interested in positions.   We will select a team of up to 20 players (18 skaters and 2 goalies) to take to Pittsburgh, Pa. between April 18 – 25 2017, games are the 20th – 24th.

Who is eligible to participate in this program, and what special requirements are there?

  • All Oregon resident (male) junior and senior high school students.
  • Players should meet a 2.75 GPA or higher.   One of the first thing we are asked as coaches is, what kind of student is this player, so grades are important! This is not a firm GPA, if you have questions please ask!
  • Any player that is suspended or serving any other disciplinary action from their school at the time of departure to Pittsburgh will not be allowed to participate.
  • Players that are serving a disciplinary action of this type will not be reimbursed for their try-out fees, showcase registration fees, or any other associated costs.

What are the registration fee for the showcase and what does it include/not include:

  • Our estimated budget per player for the Team Oregon Showcase will be $1,800.00.
  • Final costs such as hotel, airfare, transportation and other costs have not been finalized.   The estimated cost noted above is based on last year’s costs.
  • The registration fee includes hotel, airfare, transportation in Pittsburgh, meals (including meals during travel), activities in Pittsburgh, team ice practices in Oregon and one ice practice in PA., a Team Oregon track-suit, dry-fit shirt and a team photo. Players also get a team jersey and team socks.
  • Registration fees do not include players personal items such as tape, personal spending money etc…
  • If the Team decides to play any games or a tournament prior to leaving for Pittsburgh, those would be a separate cost, and will be decided on as a team once the team is selected.
  • Players will be responsible for their own transportation to and from PDX International Airport as well as team practices.

How will the players be evaluated and what are the coaches looking for?

  • Evaluators will be the coaching staff of this year’s Team Oregon.
  • Players will be evaluated on individual skills, team skills and game skills along with sportsmanship as well as overall effort, attitude and enthusiasm.

This year’s Team Oregon 2017 Showcase staff:

  • Coach Andy Potter – 503-970-2971 or
  • Coach Lester Sparks – 971-219-6367 or
  • Mentor Coaches Austen Potter and Brett Sparks
  • Team Manager Kelly McMahan – 541-232-5186 or

If you are interested in part of Team Oregon for 2017, please contact one of the Team Oregon staff via phone, text or email, so we can put your name on our list as a potential player for this year’s team. We will be sending out an interest form in the coming weeks to start building a roster.

The team staff is looking forward to working with you and all of the activities for Team Oregon in 2017 and beyond!

Andy Potter – Coach, Team Oregon

2016 Sportsmenship Award

2016 brought back awards at the Showcase.  The awards were nominated by the teams and you were not able to nominate your own player or team.  This year Team Oregon won the award for Sportsmenship on and off the ice.  This was quite a thrill for all of us.  Pictured below is Kelly, Micheal and Andy accepting the award on behalf of Team Oregon, past and present.  Great job!


Game 4 – Utah

An early game time for sure.  I believe we came out today a bit over confident and after dominating the first with puck possession and shots, yet not dominating on the score board, Utah had the belief they could win and continued to build, while we started to let down.  Intermission was hopefully a chance to regroup.  Chris did score in the first and Nathan added a second goal, but in the end we fell 4-2.

Game 3 – Florida

This was our first chance to play on the wide open Olympic sheet and try to use some of the speed we have on the team.  We had a great first period where we really played a tough game.  We had a nice power play goal from Chris and battled to a 2-1 deficit after one.

Once again we had some trouble with special teams and defensive zone coverage giving up a couple of short handed goals in the second period.  The wide ice is tough in the defensive zone.  We made some adjustments in the 3rd and only gave up the 1 goal.  Tomorrow will be an early one as we know we will play Utah, and it really could be the 0700 game.