Year: 2019

Harrison Selected For Team GB

Blackburn Hawks are delighted to congratulate Netminder Harrison Walker on his selection to join the roster for Great Britain Under-18s for next year’s U18 World Championship Division II Group A in Tallinn.

GB will come up against hosts Estonia, along with Korea, Lithuania, Romania and Serbia.

The six-team IIHF tournament will be held in the Tondiraba Ice Hall and runs from 22nd to 28th March 2020.

Head coach, Sean Easton, said: “After our camp in Dumfries, we are all heading to Estonia with a strong belief that we can achieve great things.

“Two years ago in Estonia we won gold and we are aiming to repeat this achievement.“We have a great mix of talent and characters this year. Building blocks have started in the team prep for the upcoming World Championship.“We, as a coaching group, are looking forward to seeing what this team can achieve.”

Netminders
Lucas Brine – New Hampton Huskies
Harrison Walker – Bradford/Blackburn

Defence
Bradley Bowering – Peterborough
Aren Francis – New Hampshire Monarchs
Jordan Griffin – Sheffield Steelers/Steeldogs
Rhodes Mitchell-King – Hill Academy
Ethan Reid – Murrayfield
Liam Steele – Guildford
Liam Stenton – Solway Sharks

Forwards
Jack Brammer – Sheffield Steeldogs
Owen Dell – Invicta
Alex Graham – Sheffield Steelers/Steeldogs
Bayley Harewood – Basingstoke
Ewan Hill – Romford
Jack Hopkins – Nottingham
Finley Howells – Telford
Tommy Huggett – Romford
Jarvis Hunt – Peterborough
Juha Lindgren – Slough
Logan Neilson – West Coast Renegades
James Spence – OHA Canada
Callum Wilkinson – Billingham

Long List Reserves
Henry Adams – Solihull
Massimo Agostini – Telford
Sam Cooper – Guildford
Ben Davies – CIHA
Jack Goodchild – Okanagan UK
Jack Henderson – Dundee City
Dan Hitchings – Romford
Alex Oldale – Sheffield
Fynn Page – OHA Canada
Bradley Windebank – Romford

GB Under-18s World Championship schedule
Sunday 22nd March 2020: Estonia U18s v Great Britain U18s – 4pm (2pm UK time)
Tuesday 24th March 2020: Great Britain U18s v Romania U18s – 4pm (2pm)
Wednesday 25th March 2020: Great Britain U18s v Korea U18s – 12:30pm (10:30am)
Friday 27th March 2020: Serbia U18s v Great Britain U18s – 4pm (2pm)
Saturday 28th March 2020: Great Britain U18s v Lithuania U18s – 4pm (2pm)

Joan Brigdale

It is with much sadness that we have learned that loyal Blackburn Hawks supporter Joan Brigdale passed away on Christmas Eve.

Until recently Joan and Eddie have supported the team both home and away, and Joan’s presence will be sorely missed.

The Blackburn Hawks organisation would like to extend their sincere condolences to Joan’s husband Eddie and family and friends at this sad time.

Blackburn Hawks Golf Day – Player Announcement


Anthony Kinder 2002-2003 – 2010-2011

What did Anthony bring to the club?

Not many people know I went to school with Anthony, he is a proper Blackburn lad. So when he went on to play for the Hawks under Bobby Haig at such a young age, I knew how much it meant to him & I wanted to follow in his footsteps. Kinder always played the game with a physical edge & never backed away from dropping the gloves. He also had a great shot and an eye for goal. Anthony was one of many juniors to come through back in the day & he always did anything that was asked of him which made him a main stay in the team for a decade.

My favourite memory of Anthony in a Hawks shirt?

For me it was probably one of my first games against Whitley which was at home. It was more like a jousting competition than an ice hockey match. If memory serves me correctly I think Kinder had been on the wrong side of a dirty hit, and had to leave the ice with a cut. Never the less he took the guys number, returned to the game and delivered an almighty hit on the Whitley guy in front of the benches. Needless to say it kicked off, but that was Anthony’s mentality. No backing down. I respect that.

What do I think Anthony will be like as a golfer?

I know he’s been playing quite a bit the last couple of years. Once the golf bug bites it really takes a hold of you. Anthony has managed to lower his handicap a fair bit, so I think he will be a handy acquisition to any of the platinum sponsors looking to find themselves a good golfer for their group. Not only that but when Kinder speaks about the Hawks he is as passionate as myself and Aaron so again he will be great to spend a round of golf with sharing Hawks stories from years gone by.

Ollie Lomax #21

Blackburn Hawks Golf Day – Sponsor Announcement

BAXI light the flame on ‘Blackburn Hawks Inaugural Golf Day’

The BHGD committee are pleased to announce our next platinum sponsorship partner. None other than BAXI.

BAXI are the leading boiler manufacturers in the UK along with hot water storage units. Not only do they supply but they boast the largest technical department too with regards to commissioning and servicing their equipment.

The club and BAXI have worked hand in hand over the last 5 years & we are looking forward to welcoming them back into the Hawks fold out on the golf course.

Be sure to check them out at www.baxi.co.uk

Blackburn Hawks Golf Day Committee

A Huge Thank You!

Following our annual teddy toss and Christmas gift appeal, Player Coach James Neil, along with Hawks Ambassador Ollie Lomax, all time leading goalscorer Aaron Davies and defenseman Ethan Mayoh presented the gifts to staff at Royal Blackburn Hospital this morning.

The Blackburn Hawks would like to extend a huge thank you to all fans who took part in the teddy toss and toy appeal, to help make Christmas that bit brighter for local children who are too poorly to spend Christmas at home.

James Neil send his thanks to all of our fans and everybody connected to the Hawks: “Everyone at the Hawks would like to say a huge thank you for your generosity and kindness for your donations towards the teddy bear toss and food bank.

It’s always a privilege to help deliver the teddies and gifts to the young children in hospital over Christmas, putting a smile on their faces.

We are grateful that you could help make Christmas Day special for those children who are not as fortunate.

Merry Christmas to all the Hawks fans, thanks for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you in the new year”.

Aaron commented: “What a start to Christmas Eve, met with few of the lads and delivered the toys and teddies for the kids at Blackburn hospital that the great fans of the Hawks donated… Thank you to all those that donated toys and teddies”.

NIHL Press Release – Midland Cup Semi Finals


The National League Management Group (NLMG) are pleased to confirm the schedule for the Midland Cup semi finals.


Following the round robin qualifying games, the four qualifiers are Solihull Barons, Sutton Sting, Blackburn Hawks and Nottingham Lions.


The semi finals will take place over the weekend of January 18/19.  The tie between Solihull and Nottingham will be a single game due to shortage of available ice at the CCM Rink in Nottingham.  The other tie will be over two legs with aggregate score deciding the finalists.


FIRST LEG – Saturday January 18Blackburn Hawks v Sutton Sting (face-off tbc)
SECOND LEG – Sunday January 19Sutton Sting v Blackburn Hawks (face-off 4.30pm)Solihull Barons v Nottingham Lions (face-off 5.30pm)


If aggregate scores are tied after 60 minutes of the second leg, then overtime and penalty shots will be played per normal NIHL rules.


The Midland Cup Final will be played over two legs on the weekend of February 15 and 16.

Nottingham Lions v Blackburn Hawks – Match Report

Nottingham Lions v Blackburn Hawks

A short-benched Blackburn Hawks travelled to Nottingham for their NIHL Midland Cup game, with Latvian Niks Trapans between the pipes for Hawks, abd young Harrison Walker as an outskater following his dynamic scoring displays while playing for the Bradford Bulldogs.

The game started pretty evenly with great attacking and defensive play from both sides.

The goals start coming in when Hawks’ Sean Jones gets a big shot in, which Hovell saves but spills. Tom Revesz is at the top of the crease in the right place at the right time to slot the rebound home.

GOAL! Nottingham Lions 0-1 BLACKBURN HAWKS. 10 minutes 2 seconds

Lions have their most prolonged attack as they’re spurred on but Hawks pass well although again, a dangerous finish eludes them.

End of first:
Nottingham Lions 0-1 Blackburn Hawks

Lions win the face off but Hawks’ player coach James Neil pounces on the puck and controls it at the back. He sets Hawks going forwards and a quick short handed attack sees Lee Pollitt with the puck in front of the net. He whips the puck in and finds Hovell’s 5 hole to double Hawks’ lead.

GOAL! Nottingham Lions 0-2 BLACKBURN HAWKS. 21 minutes 18 seconds

Lions counter attack at pace from the puck drop.  They work the puck well and pass it out wide to Trapans right. The puck is fired in towards goal and, with a deflection helping it on its way, it beats Hawks’ net minder.

Goal: NOTTINGHAM LIONS 1-2 Blackburn Hawks. 21 minutes 54 seconds

Lions look more and more dangerous, they bear down on Trapans. The puck is passed across crease to the far post. Lions’ Bailey Challans makes no mistake when slotting the puck between Trapans pad and the post. It’s all square.

Goal: NOTTINGHAM LIONS 2-2 Blackburn Hawks. 23 minutes 55 seconds

Hawks up the tempo and Lee Pollitt feeds the puck into a busy crease. Aaron Davies gets a scrambling touch and, despite Hovell dropping to his pads and closing his 5 hole, the puck crosses the goal line and is awarded to Lee Pollitt.

GOAL! Nottingham Lions 2-3 BLACKBURN HAWKS. 29 minutes 0 seconds

Hawks attack again immediately when Jack Murray winds up a big shot from the blue line. Corey Lee gets a piece of it on its way and the tip-in is enough to deny Hovell the save.

GOAL! Nottingham Lions 2-4 BLACKBURN HAWKS. 29 minutes 40 seconds

The Lions press forward and Niks Trapans is called upon for a solid save.  Hawks take their turn on the offensive as Aaron Davies has possession on the right wing and cuts in towards Hovell. Hovell drops to the ice and Davies lifts the puck over the net minder for Hawks’ 5th of the game.

GOAL! Nottingham Lions 2-5 BLACKBURN HAWKS. 33 minutes 5 seconds

Hawks pass the puck well in the final third as a cross zone pass to the far post is slotted in by Davies but a high stick call causes the goal to be waved off by the referee.

End of second:
Nottingham Lions 2-5 Blackburn Hawks

Again, the final period starts with some end to end play. Another brace of Hawks shots challenge Hovell but he remains strong.  The puck is sent up the opposite end of the ice and followed by a Lion.  Hawks take control of play and a loose puck in the final third sees Jack surge in, beating two Lions to it.  He one times for a solid shot but netminder Hovell deals with it.  Action remains in Lions’ defensive zone until the Lions work the puck deep into Hawks’ zone and into the crease but Trapans drops low to deal with the puck and cover.

Hawks battle at the boards to take possession.  Lee Pollitt comes close to getting Hawks’ 6th as Lions are all but beaten.  The post pings and the puck sits on the goal line and Hovell sits on top of it to prevent the millimetres close goal.

With just 2 minutes 30 remaining in the third, currently goal-less period, Lions keep coming and break into the final third a shot from point is off Traps’ pad and pings off the post.  Lions taste a goal and don’t give up and surround Trapans in numbers and work hard to find a gap. They fire the puck in once found for the home side’s 3rd.

Goal: NOTTINGHAM LIONS 3-5 Blackburn Hawks. 58 minutes 50 seconds

Nottingham see an opportunity to even the scoreline and pull their netminder to give them strength in numbers going forward.  They work a real goal scoring opportunity which Hawks impressively deal with.  Lions keep attacking to the very last second but the final buzzer sounds as Hawks bring the 2 cup points back to Lancashire.

A Very Special Thank You From Blackburn Foodbank

Dear Blackburn Hawks,

Thank you so much for your donation of food, it weighed in at 48.87kg.  This will provide 116 meals.  

Your support is greatly appreciated and ensures that we can continue to support people in crisis in Blackburn and Darwen.

Thank you for your support, we are incredibly grateful. 

We hope you have a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year

Blackburn Hawks Golf Day – Player Announcement

Stuart ‘Stuey’ Ashton

Blackburn Hawks 2011 – 2018.

What did Stuey bring to the club?

Stuey waited on the sidelines in his first few years at Blackburn Hawks, and was back-up to Daniel Brittle, but when it was his time to shine – did he! He really showed how resilient and powerful he was between the pipes. He finally got his chance to be the “Number One” in 2015 and he really made it his own. He’s the only goalie I know that isn’t afraid of the puck, quite partial to a header, and if anything he loved the puck hitting him. He really was a hard working goalie – too hard on himself, but pushed himself to the limit.

What’s my favourite memory of Stuey in a Hawks shirt?

Over the years, Stu has been my room-mate on away trips and playoffs. My favourite memory is staying awake until stupid o’clock playing on the PlayStation or Xbox with no cares in the world. God knows how many Playstation hours we’ve racked up.

What do I think Stuart will be like as a golfer?

Knowing how Stu was in training and games, theres no doubt in my mind he will be good. I think he’s going to be a dark horse and be one of the ones to beat on the day! Get few whiskeys in him and maybe a streaking Stu will appear.

Aaron Davies #8

Matchday Information – Hawks v Sutton Sting

Tonight your Blackburn Hawks take on the Sutton Sting in the NIHL Midland Cup, and after earning last week’s cup points against The Nottingham Lions, James Neil’s men will be hoping for more of the same this evening.

Tonight we will be welcoming the following schools and groups to the rink as a result of the Hawks in The Community Programme:

St Gabriel’s Beavers Blackburn

Shadsworth Juniors Blackburn

Feniscowles Primary Blackburn

St James Primary Blackburn

Roe Lee Primary Blackburn

Helmshore Primary

Whittlefield Primary Burnley.

Leyland Pirates Football Club

Rossendale Valley Stags

Here’s all the information you need ahead of the game:

Doors Open: 4:30pm Face-off: 5:30pm 

Ticket prices:

Adults – £10.00 Concessions – £7.50 Children – £5.50 (4 years to 15 years) Family – £26.00 (2 adults and 2 children)

Entry for the Game

This season your Blackburn Hawks will be providing a fast track entry lane for all season ticket holders and pre-paid ticket holders from doors open for approximately 15 minutes. This will be on the shop side of the entrance area and will be stewarded.

We hope this assists fans who have purchased tickets in advance a more convenient and faster way of entry into the arena.

Bar and Café Areas

The rink bars will be open all evening long.

The rink café, hot dog stand and Tea bar will be open serving hot and cold food and beverages.

50/50 Draw

Our regular draw will once again be back, with one lucky winner each week taking home a huge cash prize. Tickets cost just £1 and are available from our roving sellers.   They will be easily identified in their match night uniforms so keep your eye out for them.

Shirt Off the Player’s Back

For just £2 a ticket you could win Niks Trapans’ game worn jersey, with the bonus that Niks will present it to the winner after the game on the ice. Tickets will be available from the roving seller.

Chuck-a-Puck

Get your pucks next to the hot dog stand, head to the DJ stand after the second period and aim for the centre of the rink to win yourself a great prize!