Young Gun Checks In

The Blackburn Hawks are excited to announce the signing of Ethan Mayoh. A young 18-year-old player from Bolton who has dedicated the past four years of his career at Okanagan ice hockey academy in Swindon.

Ethan began his relatively short hockey career in Blackburn before moving onto Manchester Phoenix where he played for 2 seasons. He then had the opportunity to join the OHA academy in Swindon where he has played ever since, developing his game to become a valuable member of the highly respected junior organisation.

His ability has earned his selections in the South West conference teams over the past few seasons, and trials for GB u18’s alongside fellow Hawks netminder Harrison Walker.

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21 Again

We are pleased to announce that Blackburn Hawks long-serving defenceman Ollie Lomax will return to the ice for the 2019-2020 season for the Blackburn Hawks.

Blackburn born and bred, Ollie has spent most of his hockey career at Blackburn, from 2002 when he played for Blackburn Eagles, Thunderhawks and Icehawks at junior level.

His break into senior ice hockey came in 2003 when he made an appearance for the Blackburn Hawks.  His games with the Hawks became more and more regular before he became a permanent fixture in 2007.

Apart from 8 appearances for Billingham Bombers in 2008-2009, the rest of Ollie’s playing career has been with the Hawks playing in a staggering 434 matches for the Hawks altogether.

Silverware came first in 2013 when Blackburn Hawks beat Billingham Stars in the 2013 playoff final, then again, as part of the ‘Invincibles’ team of 2014-2015 winning both the NIHL North 1 Moralee League, and the playoff trophy.  They then achieved the ‘double-double’ when the league and playoff champions trophies spent a second year running in the hands of the Blackburn Hawks.

Ollie has been a loyal servant of the Hawks for many years and is unafraid of rolling his sleeves up and getting stuck in when needed, representing the club for press interviews, appearances at the hospital at Christmas time, and helping out with the various community visits with Chris Riley and fellow team members.

Last season:

League:

Played: 35

Goals: 1

Assists: 3

Cup:

Played: 12

Goals: 1

Assists: 1

Ollie had this to say:

“After a busy personal summer, I’m really looking forward to getting back amongst the lads and helping Neilly with anything that he asks of me.

It’s an absolute no brainer for me every time I get asked to return, it’s a real privilege to play for a club the size of ours and to have done it for so long it gets sweeter every season.

It will be great to get back to the bread and butter of NIHL North 1 as it was, and there’s no reason why we can’t have a real go. See you in September!”

James Neil commented on Ollie’s return:

“Ollie has been there and done everything when it comes to the Blackburn Hawks.  I will be relying on all of his experience especially with having a young squad this upcoming season.  I know Ollie will put his body on the line every night for the club, he has done for many years now and you can’t deny his commitment and love for the Hawks”.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish Ollie and his fiancé Nicole all the very best for their upcoming wedding this Summer.

Own and Loan shirt information will be released in due course.

Keep your eye out on this website and our social feeds for more information and the latest signing news.

CLUB ANNOUNCEMENT

 

It is with a heavy heart that we must announce that along with Ross Kennedy and Luke Boothroyd who have already been announced at their new clubs, Bobby Streetly and Robin Kovar will also not be returning to Blackburn Hawks for the forthcoming season.

Hawks management and coaching staff would like to place on record our thanks for the hard work and commitment they have given to the club and would like to wish them all the very best for the future.

 

Royds Returns For 2019-2020

Blackburn Hawks coaching staff and management are pleased to confirm that James Royds has agreed to return to the nest for the 2019-2020 season.

James first joined Blackburn Kestrels U16 team age 12, then after a year joined the junior set up at Bradford.  Playing for both the Under 16 and Under 18 teams, he earned the Captaincy for the U16s and Alternate Captain for the U18s, all while also playing at Conference level for the U11,13,15 and U17 teams.

In 2015 James broke into the senior Bradford Bulldogs side before moving over the Pennines to Blackburn Hawks in 2016, and last season his hard work, and consistent, excellent displays week in week out were rewarded when he was given the alternate captaincy for the Hawks aged just 19.

 

Last season:

League:

Played: 36

Goals: 13

Assists: 15

 

NIHL North Cup:

Played: 12

Goals: 5

Assists: 7

 

James Neil has this to say about securing James’ services for the forthcoming season:

“Jimmy has nothing but impressed me over the past two seasons since I’ve been with the Hawks, a player I can rely on and trust in any situation.  He puts his body on the line every game and consistently gives his all for the team.  I believe he will be one of the most dangerous players in the league next season and it’s great for the whole club to have him back.”

 

James Royds comments:

“I’m happy to be signing back with Hawks again for another season! We made some real progress towards the end of last season and moved forward well together as a team so it will be exciting to see what we can push for this season with the new league structures!”

Own and Loan Shirt information will be released in due course.

Keep your eye out on this website and our social feeds for more information and the latest signing news.

 

 

Harrison Walker Returns For 2019-2020

 

We are delighted to reveal that 16-year-old shot-stopper Harrison Walker has agreed to return for the 2019-2020 season.  Bradford born Harrison has already made a name for himself within the league with his performances – and his hockey career so far is certainly one to be proud of.

His first appearances were made with Bradford Bulldogs in 2011 where he played for the Under 16 team with appearances for the England Under16 team during this time.  He then spent a season sharing his game time between the Bulldogs Under 16s and Blackpool Seagulls Under 16s.  The following 2 seasons of his club career were spent solely at Bradford Bulldogs for the Under 15 team, with appearances with England Under 15s and 18s as well.  His break into senior ice hockey came last season making 32 appearances for the Blackburn Hawks, with 2 for Bradford Bulldogs and 4 for Bulldogs Under 18s.  He has also been a regular participant in the North Conference tournament representing the Northern Conference at under 11,13,15 and 17 age groups.

Last season:

Save percentage: Blackburn Hawks (league and cup): 86.8%

Bradford Bulldogs: 87.2%

Bradford Bulldogs Under 18 (2): 96.9%

 

Harrison spoke of his decision to return:

“I’m happy to sign for Blackburn again for a second year. My first year was a really good learning curve for my senior career and I can’t wait to progress further whilst gaining as much experience as possible.  I have been speaking to Neilly and with the team he is putting together, and I know we can compete for the top spot in the new league structure.  I can’t wait to play in front of the hawks fans again next season and no doubt there will be some success”.

 

James Neil commented on the news of Harrison’s return:

“I’m delighted to have Harrison back next season in a Hawks jersey! For a 16-year-old lad, the level he produced last season was so impressive, and I believe he’s only going to get better. He is very calm and has a maturity about his work in goal, and we both agreed it was important for him to be playing regularly to help continue his development. I’m confident he can backstop us to some success next season”.

 

Own and Loan Shirt information will be released in due course.

Keep your eye out on this website and our social feeds for more information and the latest signing news.

 

Photo courtesy of Thomas Foy