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 about 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 setup 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 these 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.”