The Blackburn HAWKS will celebrate their ‘Silver Season’ in 2014/15, marking their 25th campaign since the team’s debut in 1990.
The Hawks began life as the Blackburn Blackhawks, before becoming the Blackburn Hawks – and for a short time, the Lancashire Hawks. The team’s first game against the Oxford City Stars ended in a 6-3 win for the travelling Blackhawks, who spent their first season on the road as they awaited the completion of the Blackburn Ice Arena – which was still under construction at the time.
The team welcomed capacity crowds to the 3,200 seat Blackburn Arena in the mid-nineties, and although attendances fell during the early 2000’s, the club is once again commanding a huge following – not to mention a noisy and colourful atmosphere.
As part of the celebrations, the club will be unveiling a new ‘vintage’ home jersey, based on a design from the Hawks’ formative years. The new look, which will take to the ice for the first game of the new season (date to be confirmed), is just one of the ways the club will mark the landmark year, with a number of other events and initiatives planned.
The one-off home jersey will be complimented by a new away shirt which will continue the recent trend of bold, aggressive striping in the traditional Hawks black, red and gold.
Robert Davies, from Blackburn Hawks, said: “A quarter of a century of hockey heritage in Blackburn is a testament to the town’s support for the club.
“Looking back at the Hawks’ debut season, only a handful of teams from that era remain. Blackburn, and East Lancashire, really took hockey to its heart from the beginning.
“After the success of last year’s home jersey – which has been incredibly popular with the fans – we’re really looking forward to sharing the new look, and producing something we’re sure the Hawks faithful will love.”
Details on how to order the new jerseys will be announced in the run up to the new season, with the designs being unveiled on BlackburnHawks.com, on Twitter and on Facebook.