The Next Piece Of The Jigsaw

To ensure that the team stay in great shape with fitness and nutrition, Blackburn Hawks are delighted to have secured the services of Tempest Training.

Head Coach of Tempest Training is long time Hawks fan Russ Bury.  Russ has clocked up 20 years coaching experience, with 10 years in athletic development, also degrees and masters in elite sports performance and sports medicine.  He will be joined by another avid Hawks fanatic Declan Charnock.

Russ has worked with Pro Olympic athletes, pro cricketers, pro boxers, pro MMA athletes, pro soccer players and NFL/NCAA College American football pathway athletes.

Tempest specialise in biomechanics, team and athlete optimization, sports injuries and sports nutrition.

Russ spoke of his delight on his partnership with the Hawks:

“Tempest Training is very proud to be part of the prestigious Blackburn Hawks Ice Hockey Club. I have a been a massive fan of the Hawks and watched them play since I was 15 in the days of Steve Moria. Our family attends the games and our kids are huge fans. To be asked to take care of the team’s athletic development, and strength and conditioning is a massive honour and an exciting time looking ahead.

Moving forward we are looking at providing guidance and support for all the players on a team and individual basis, adopting a professional approach to match fitness, nutrition and the players’ physical development. It is a new era for the Hawks and the team here at Tempest Training endeavour to help the players achieve their optimum physical performance and fulfil their potential on the ice.

Both Declan and I are raring to go and help restore the Hawks to a force to be reckoned with.”

Russ Bury – Head Coach and Director at Tempest Training.

Welcome to the club Russ and Declan – we are delighted to have you guys on board during this exciting time for the club, and look forward to seeing the results on the ice!

The Heat Is On!

Hawks’ new owners Graham Lomax and Carl Everitt have certainly hit the ground running this week and on day 5 are already able to announce the first part of the new Blackburn Hawks off-ice Team. Step forward Kit Man Genius himself, our Equipment Manager Nick Riley, and his assistant Anthony Thomas.

Nick is certainly no stranger to the Hawks set up, kicking off his volunteering roles within the club as Goal Judge, and host to imports Jon Adams, Kim Miettinen, Mikko Sierman and Jozef Istocy.

We spoke to Nick about his appointment under the new ownership:

“I started watching the Hawks in the early 90s after my mum used to get free tickets through work.  I became more involved in the team when Jon Adams lived with me during his time playing in Blackburn.  

Being involved with The Hawks is something I’ve enjoyed since Jared and Dangie asked me to help out back in our Double winning season of 2015.  It’s been an enjoyable ride and hopefully the forthcoming season will be another enjoyable experience.

I’m excited with the announcement of the new management team taking over.  Carl and Graham will put some pride and passion back into the organisation.

It’s time for us to all pull together and move  Blackburn Hawks in the right direction as one – we all have a part to play.

See you soon and stay safe!”

Anthony Thomas is certainly no stranger to the team, supporting the team at home and away, and spent time learning the ropes towards the end of last season. We are delighted to have him on board!

Anthony had this to say about his new role with the club:

“This will be my 4th season watching Hawks.  My sister in law had been coming and invited us along – I watched when I was younger but have got more into it with my family and become quite passionate about being a fan with them. 

Since then we have become part of the hockey community and last season offered my services to become more actively involved volunteering in any way I was needed.  I enjoy helping people and being able to join the team makes me even more proud. I am definitely looking forward to working with a great team of people and being a part of something great.

I am more than happy that Graham and Carl are in charge as I have got to know them In the past few seasons.  I think they are going to bring some fresh new energy to the set up and I am really looking forward to the team’s future.  They both have a great amount of knowledge and experience.”

Graham Lomax spoke of his delight of securing the services of the first of many recruits:

“When it came to recruitment there was only ever one place to start, Nick Riley or KMG as he’s affectionately known.

Nick isn’t just the kit guy he’s also a good liaison between the players and the management.

As we’ve stated elsewhere we are looking for a certain type of person in all departments going forward. Nick epitomises what we are about, he’s organised, passionate and he cares for his club and his town.  He’s a major part of our team and a huge cog in the machine and we are delighted he’s back.

He’ll have a new assistant this season in the form of the very cheerful Anthony Thomas.  Again, as we put in the foundations we need people who care and by golly does he meet this criteria, he loves the club and he’s perfect for what we need, he’s always got a smile on his face too.  I’m sure he’ll be a massive help to Nick and all the team when we eventually get back on the road and on the Ice.

So from Graham and Carl thanks guys, we really appreciate your commitment so early,  and to Anthony especially – welcome to the Hawks organisation.”

Blackburn Hawks Golf Day – New Date!

BHGD new date confirmed – 🚨FRIDAY 21st AUGUST🚨

The BHGD Committee along with Blackburn Golf Club are happy to announce the new date, “21st August” for the Inaugural BHGD.

The same format for the original event will still comply.

▪️ 18 sponsored holes
▪️ 1pm shotgun start
▪️ 18 four ball teams (still to be drawn)
▪️ One hawks golfer teamed with three social/sponsor golfers.
▪️ Stableford rules (best two scores per hole count – h/c required)
▪️Longest drive & Nearest pin holes
▪️Winning team picks up the “Brigdale Shield”

As ever we have strived to make this event to be the best it can be, with this being said there will be social distancing measures in place in accordance with the government guidelines at the time of participation.

However, Blackburn Golf Club have confirmed that they have the space in the club house to still provide breakfast sandwiches on arrival as well as the two course meal following the conclusion of the days golf.

We intend to hold the presentation of the Brigdale Shield during the evening party if we can in a safe and socially distanced manor. More details of the evening function to follow.

So finally we’d like to thank everyone for their continued support and we look forward to seeing you all on FRIDAY 21st AUGUST.

BHGD Committee 🦅🏒⛳️

We understand that the new date will not suit everyone, if you have any concerns or would like to inform us that you cannot attend, you will be entitled to a refund. (hawksgolfday@gmail.com). New places will then be available to any wanting golfers. Please remember this event is SOLD OUT at the moment.

Blackburn Hawks Press Release

Planet Ice are pleased to announce that the control and operation of the Blackburn Hawks Ice hockey team has been passed to Graham Lomax and Carl Everitt starting from this season. An initial three-year licence has been granted to Lomax and Everitt to operate an ice hockey team under the name of the Blackburn Hawks initially in the division 2 North League or the equivalent in the event that the league structure changes prior to the start of the season.

Planet Ice will retain the intellectual property rights to the Blackburn Hawks so as to ensure that both the team operated by Lomax and Everitt and the Blackburn Junior Hawks can utilise the name, the Blackburn Hawks.

Heath Rhodes, Chief Operating Officer for Planet Ice said; “over the past few years it has become apparent that in order for the Blackburn Hawks to grow it needs to be operated by an ownership group who are based locally and who can commit energy and passion to the team. We wish Graham and Carl every success and we look forward to them realising their ambitious plans to significantly grow the audience for ice hockey in Blackburn”.

Speaking about taking the fantastic opportunity to operate and control the Blackburn Hawks, Lomax and Everitt commented,

“we are absolutely delighted to be offered the opportunity to take ownership of The Blackburn Hawks. Having been in and around the club and league for several years we feel we know what it takes to bring the “halcyon days” back into Blackburn Arena”.

“Heath Rhodes of Planet Ice contacted us several weeks back gauging our interest and we cordially agreed to meet and have informal discussions as to where we felt we could take the club and the general direction it needed to go, and it was clear from that meeting that we were all singing from the same hymn sheet”.

“It’s also clear that the Team needs a little TLC and the patient passionate fans need something to once again get them excited about, and we’d like to think that we can bring that to them, No, In-fact we know we can bring that to them. Our ethos going forward is very simple, it’s like a building project, knock down what currently exists, put in new foundations and build upwards toward the sky”.

“One thing we can guarantee, is commitment and professionalism, not only as owners but in the Coach we appoint and subsequently players that he’ll recruit. Blackburn Hawks has a fantastic facility, it also has a solid core fan base we want to build on this and take the club forward, we feel that fan engagement will be key and we aim to put together a team of volunteers who have the desire and belief to make this a special place to play once again”.

“We look forward to working with our loyal fans, Coaches, players and Planet Ice to create a fan experience to be proud of. Today is day one for us, we can’t change the past, but we can change the future”.

Going forward all of the Blackburn Hawks social media and the website will be operated by the new organisation and any correspondence that Planet Ice receives in relation to the

Hawks will be passed onto Lomax and Everitt and any outstanding orders for shirts from last season will be honoured by Planet Ice. In terms of own ‘n’ loan shirts from last season Planet Ice will liaise with Lomax and Everitt to ensure that the fans receive them in a suitable manner.

Planet Ice looks forward to seeing the new operators of the team establish themselves and their brand and we are sure that Blackburn hockey fans will be in for an exciting season.

Blackburn Hawks 2020/21 Season Update


The Blackburn Hawks would like to announce that they intend to compete in NiHL North Division 2 for the 2020/21 season and have communicate this intent to the English Ice Hockey Association.

Whilst there is no current date for league hockey to resume and no guidance in relation to restrictions placed on social distancing at sports events it is expected that this information will start to emerge prior to phase 3 of the UK Governments COVID-19 recovery strategy, which is provisionally scheduled for to begin on the 4th July 2020.

The decision has been made after careful considerations of all possible options with a focus on player, volunteer and customer safety and we believe that the decision will ensure a sustainable and entertaining senior hockey programme able to challenge for league success and also a pathway for younger players looking to transition from junior to senior hockey.

Once the English Ice Hockey Association have agreed the league format for next season including a starting date for the league then we will update Blackburn Hawks fans with more details.

Thank you to the Blackburn Hawks!

During this uncertain and testing time for us all it’s heartwarming to hear good news and positivity and this article brings to you just that.

Co-ordinated by Equipment Manager Nick Riley, the Blackburn Hawks team all chipped in to provide food for the staff in the Emergency Department at Royal Blackburn Hospital, who are working tirelessly in the fight against the dreadful COVID-19.

Tom Revesz, who suggested the gesture commented: “We really just wanted to show some support for all the hard work being put in by the NHS. They have it hard at the best of times so it’s just a thank you from us all and keep up the hard work”.

On behalf of RBH Emergency Department, Jaime Grogan said: “On behalf of all the staff at RBH ED, I’d like to say a huge heartfelt thank you to Nick Riley and everyone at Blackburn Hawks! They all chipped in to keep our troops fed at this testing time! It’s amazing how everyone is coming together and showing their gratitude for our fabulous NHS staff! ❤️????????”

A huge mention also goes to the staff at Pyramids Takeaway for fulfilling the huge order!

Congratulations to Aaron & Jenny

The whole of the Blackburn Hawks organisation would like to congratulate our very own Aaron Davies and his partner Jenny on the safe arrival of their beautiful baby girl Maggie Rayne Davies, and send them much love and best wishes for the future.

Matchday Information- Hawks v Whitley Warriors

Tonight sees our Blackburn Hawks take on the league champions Whitley Warriors in the final league game of the season.

We will be welcoming the following schools, joining us to cheer the team on:

Hoddlesden St Paul’s
QEGS Primary School
The Olive School
St Joseph’s
Wensley Fold
St Gabriel’s
St Alban’s

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

Doors Open: 4:45pm Face-off: 5:30

Ticket prices:

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

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!

Blackburn Hawks Golf Day – The Brigdale Shield

Aaron Davies, Eddie Brigdale & Ollie Lomax

The BHGD committee, after deliberations with the Brigdale family are pleased to announce that all golfers on the BHGD will be competing for the Brigdale Shield. Both Aaron & Ollie have witnessed first hand what a great impact both Eddie & Joan have had on the club since its formation in 1991.

After speaking with Eddie, we thought it would be a fitting way to honour Joan‘s legacy as well all of the work Eddie has done for the club over the years.

The idea is for the winning team to be engraved on the shield every year and this will be displayed in the trophy cabinet located in the arena reception.

We’d like to thank DJP sports for coming on board as a hole sponsor, donating the Brigdale Shield and many other trophies up for grabs on May 8th at Blackburn Golf Club.

We hope to see you there as we crown the first winners of the Brigdale Shield.

CLUB STATEMENT – Coronavirus

As of this moment in time this weekends fixtures will still go ahead. If the situation changes we will update this information as soon as we receive it.

You can follow this link for today’s official update from EIHA.

https://eiha.co.uk/news-eiha-update-on-covid-19-coronavirus/