Matchday Information – Hawks v Sutton Sting

Tonight sees the Blackburn Hawks take on the Sutton Sting in our first leg semi-final of the NIHL Midland Cup (the second leg to take place at Ice Sheffield tomorrow, face off 4:30PM).

We will be welcoming the next set of schools from our Hawks in the Community programme including St Edwards Primary from Blackburn and St Saviours from Bacup.

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

Doors Open: 5:00pm Face-off: 6:00pm 

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 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 a game worn jersey, with the bonus that the player who has been wearing it will present it to the winner after the game on the ice. The shirt name will be announced on Social Media before the match. 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!

Matchday Information – Hawks v Whitley Warriors

Tonight sees the Blackburn Hawks take on the Whitley Warriors in the first of the 4 meetings this season

With the Hawks receiving a huge confidence booster last weekend from their victory over the Solihull Barons with a tremendous final period, will they be able to turn over the Warriors? This fixture has always been one not to miss!

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 a game worn jersey, with the bonus that the player who has been wearing it will present it to the winner after the game on the ice. The shirt name will be announced on Social Media before the match. 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!

Photos courtesy of Solihull Barons photographer Keith Davies

Hawks In The Community

This week Joe Jones and Harvey the Hawk have been out in the community promoting the Blackburn Hawks, visiting St Saviours Primary School in Bacup, and St Edwards RC Primary School. 

We look forward to welcoming them, along with several other schools to Planet Ice Blackburn on Saturday 18 January for our NIHL Midland Cup semi final home leg against Sutton Sting.

Blackburn Hawks Golf Day – Player Announcement

Lee Pollitt – Blackburn Hawks – 2015 – Present

What does Lee bring to the club?

Lee was a great addition to the team and scored some vital goals in his first season with us, including a massive one in the playoff final that secured our position as the Double Double winners. He then went off to Canada for a year to play for Temiscaming Titans, however quickly rejoined us when he came back to England. Lee has brought heaps of skills, knowledge and passion to the team, and has become a strong staple in the makeup of the Blackburn Hawks. He’s a player that is not afraid to get in the way of the puck, defensively solid but has the skill and pace to make a quick break with most often than not becomes game-changing.

My favourite memory of Lee in a Hawks shirt?

My favourite moment with Lee is scoring the winning goals in the playoffs in 2016 – where we set each other up to win against Solihull. Although, the one thing that does stick in my mind is that he loves a TGI, making sure he gets a birthday cake every time, even if it’s not his birthday.

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

Erm…. let’s see about that one! He’s already been asking how to play, and what the rules are… I still think he’ll give it his best go, but if all else fails, we might see the famous putter throw.

Aaron Davies #08

Match Report – Hawks v Solihull Barons

The Hawks welcomed Solihull Barons in the NIHL Midland Cup. With both teams confirmed to be through to the next round, bragging rights were the prize on offer.

After a minutes applause in memory of 2 of the Hawks long serving fans, a fairly even first 10 minutes of play saw the teams on a similar level; that is until the Solihull Barons stepped up a gear to give the Blackburn Hawks a tough time for the rest of the first period. Unable to break through the Barons’ last line of defence, Hawks went into the break yet to get on the board while fast paced creative hockey from the Barons bagged themselves a brace courtesy of Niklas Ottosson and Richard Slater.

Both teams left it all on the ice in the second period and there was very little to choose between them as the game was end to end. The second period scoreline reflected the play as both teams added two goals a piece to the board from Hawks’ Head Coach James Neil and Joe Greaves, and Barons’ Ottosson and Matt Maurice. 

Hawks seemed to have rattled the Barons’ cage is the final third of the game as the home side played with real grit and determination in the final period, striking early in the second minute with a cracker from Petr Valusiak to reduce the away team’s lead to a single goal. A penalty shot for Hawks’ local lad James Riddoch was then coolly put away after he was brought down while through on goal before Hawks capitalise through Aaron Davies,  going ahead for the first time with 6 minutes remaining in the game. Hawks showed some gutsy defending as the Solihull Barons didn’t give up but couldn’t find a reply. The visitors’ hopes were dashed as an empty net goal from Alternate Captain James Royds sealed the win for Hawks. 

Photo credit: Keith Davies

Hawks v Solihull Barons – Matchday Information

Tonight sees the Blackburn Hawks take on the Solihull Barons in the final first round match of the NIHL Midland Cup.

We would like to ask that fans can take to their seats in good time for face off as we take part in a minutes applause in memory of loyal fans Joan Brigdale and Deborah Penney who both sadly passed away over the Christmas period. They will both be hugely missed.

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.

Tonight’s total has been boosted by the fact that the prize money from 15 December was unclaimed so this will be added to tonight’s pot.

Shirt Off the Player’s Back

For just £2 a ticket you could win a game worn jersey, with the bonus that the player who has been wearing it will present it to the winner after the game on the ice. The shirt name will be announced on Social Media before the match. 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!

Blackburn Hawks Golf Day – Sponsor Announcement

Eco-Britain set for Blackburn Hawks Golf Day

The Blackburn Hawks Golf Day Committee are pleased to announce our next platinum sponsorship partners – Eco-Britain.

Managed by Blackburn ice hockey legend Steve Hirst, Eco-Britain specialise in the installation of Eco3 insulation & new domestic heating systems for qualifying homes in the UK.

We’d like to thank Steve & Eco-Britain for their continued support of the event and we look forward to sharing the course with them on bank holiday Friday 8th May.

BHGD Committee

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