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/

Hawks In The Community

Over the last couple of weeks Joseff Jones and Harvey the Hawk have been visiting more schools in Blackburn and the surrounding area, to spread the word about the Hawks and hockey in general.

The following schools will be visiting this Sunday, so please give them a warm welcome and make the rink loud and proud for our final league game of the season!

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

Weekend Round-Up

Hawks  v Solihull Barons – Saturday 7 March

A quick start for the Blackburn Hawks in their first game of the weekend saw them draw first blood, scoring in under a minute with a strike from Aaron Davies just before the first minute passed. The Solihull Barons didn’t take long to re-level the score with a goal from former Hawk Phil Mulcahy before going behind again as Hawks take revenge courtesy of Corey Lee. From there though the away side’s slick passing and quick play left Hawks at a stand still and Barons took full advantage slotting in 5 unanswered goals (Dan Mulcahy, Matt Maurice, Paul Stanley and a brace from former Hawks fan favourite Adam Brittle before the period ended). 

End of First Period: BLACKBURN HAWKS 2-6 SOLIHULL BARONS

The second 20 minutes of play continued in the same vein as the first period finished, with the Solihull Barons claiming the majority of the possession and the majority of the shots on goal. The Blackburn Hawks were forced into defensive play and the away side convert three of their shots (Tom Soar, Phil Mulcahy completing his brace and Adam Brittle his hat trick), spaced regularly throughout the period. Hawks battled back towards the end of the second and pinched back a well worked Lee Pollitt goal for their third of the game

End of Second Period BLACKBURN HAWKS 3-9 SOLIHULL BARONS 

The impressive Solihull Barons form remained unrelenting in the final period but the Blackburn Hawks showed more and more improved play as the game progressed. As such, the third period saw the teams much more evenly matched with more end to end hockey. Not for a lack of trying, the Barons’ last line of defence remained unbeaten for the last 20 minutes of play while a brace of top drawer almost un-saveable shots from Matt Maurice and Andrew Whitehouse and a third unlucky-for-Hawks goal from Tom Soar added to the away side’s tally to ensure the 2 points winged their way back down the M6 to Solihull.

End of match: BLACKBURN HAWKS 3-12 SOLIHULL BARONS

MVP Niks Trapans

Whitley Warriors v Hawks Sunday 8 March

A short benched Blackburn Hawks team took the long trip to Whitley Bay on Sunday to take on the newly crowned League champions Whitley Warriors. Always an intimidating venue up play at, the fans were in fine voice ready to see the Newcastle United Longstaff brothers, Sean and Matty present their Dad’s team with the league trophy.

The Whitley Warriors came out with all guns blazing and took the game to the Hawks, who were pinned back by the home side and forced to play defensive hockey. Although an un-assisted goal followed by a further team effort are scored by the Warriors’ Dean Holland within the first 7 minutes of play, Hawks started to warm up into the game and limited the damage for the remainder of the period. A few breakaway chances for Hawks were dealt with by the Warriors to maintain the clean sheet they started with.

End of first period: WHITLEY WARRIORS 2-0 BLACKBURN HAWKS 

Hawks stepped up a gear in the second period and broke out of their defensive rut, making the second 20 minutes of play much more competitive in response to the Whitley Warriors’ solid start. A well worked early period goal for the home side from Kyle Ross received little complaints as Hawks gave credit where due but Warrior’s second goal was much more opportune as the Jordan Barnes came straight out of the penalty box and managed to squeeze the puck over the goal line. Hawks fought back with a late short handed screamer from Aaron Davies to get themselves on the board and back within three. 

End of Second Period WHITLEY WARRIORS 4-1 BLACKBURN HAWKS

Turnover of the puck was high in the third period as the Blackburn Hawks and the Whitley Warriors battled for possession and control of the game. With offensive chances for both teams they each also defended well leading to a goal-less first 15 minutes of the period. The Warriors broke the deadlock through a Harry Harley goal after a stint of keeping Hawks under pressure before the latter claimed a last minute slick James Royds goal that was unfortunately too little too late. 

End of game WHITLEY WARRIORS 5-2 BLACKBURN HAWKS

Sunday’s MVP James Riddoch

Matchday Information – Hawks v Solihull Barons

This evening sees the Blackburn Hawks take on the Solihull Barons in their penultimate home league match of the season. Can the Hawks clinch a valuable 2 points to help them move up the league table?

As in our previous post, we will be collecting Easter eggs to be donated to Blackburn Foodbank, following the success of our Christmas appeal.

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

Doors Open: 5:00 Face-off: 6:00

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.
The jackpot is rolled over from last week, and stands at a minimum of £60!

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!