Ryan will be joined on the Coaching Team By “Mr Blackburn” himself No 21 Ollie Lomax.
Nobody in the clubs history has ever shown the passion and commitment that Ollie has, playing 437 games for his town team and amassing 1200 penalty minutes. He was born in Blackburn, he’s one of our own and he epitomizes everything about the East Lancashire Town – blood, sweat and tears, and his banner hangs proudly from the rafters in the Arena.
Cut him in half and he’d be like a stick of rock with Blackburn Hawks running through the middle of him. We are all delighted he’s put pen to paper agreed to join us.
“When Ryan Finnerty asks to work with him, you can hardly turn that down can you?
I’ll be brutally honest, I had no desire to return to the game this soon but we can all agree on how the club has turned a massive corner with the new owners coming in.
Everyone knows how much the Hawks means to me, and to be asked to come back on board by Finner is humbling.
I probably do myself a disservice at times and since I got the offer to return it took some thinking, however I believe I am the right man for the job. I can be the go between between Ryan & the boys. I know how hockey operates in Blackburn, I understand the game at this level and when I speak it comes from the heart.
All I’ll ask of the boys is to play with character and take no backward steps. To play for Blackburn Hawks is a privilege, one that I got to live out for 17 years. I m looking forward to the next chapter in our great club’s history.
I’d just like to put on record that all of this would not be possible without the incredible support I receive from my wife and two girls. They are behind me 100% and can’t wait get back to support the club.
We’re all in this together.
Ollie Lomax #21”
Hawks Co-Owner Carl Everitt added:
“I hope you’re all as delighted as we are to finally be able to announce our Hawks Coaching Team for this coming season. When it came to looking at who I believed would be a good fit for us as a Co-Coach, Ollie didn’t immediately come to mind as he had made it clear that he had retired and we respected that. However the more I thought about it, along with what I have witnessed with Ollie off the ice, it was clear that I had a ‘job on’ to try and convince him. After initially getting a few “No’s” from Ollie, I explained our vision and I didn’t want him to miss out. In fact we needed him to return as an ambassador for the club but this time in a senior role to provide support, encouragement and knowledge for both Ryan and the players – to be the link so to speak.
I look forward to working with Ollie for the season and hopefully bringing success back to the club. #ProjectHawks”
Watch this space for more news of the Hawks Coaching Team at 12pm today …….