Johnstown Tomahawks

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Johnstown Tomahawks
Johnstown Tomahawks Logo.svg
City Johnstown, Pennsylvania
League NAHL
Division North
Founded 1996
Home arena Cambria County War Memorial Arena
Colors

Navy, Red, and White


              
Owner(s) JOHNSTOWN SPORTS PARTNERS, LLC (James P. Boucher - Maj. Owner)
General manager Rick Boyd
Head coach Mike Letizia (2014-2015)
Media The Tribune-Democrat, FastHockeyTheTomablog
Franchise history
1996-2001 St Louis Sting
2001-2004 Springfield Spirit
2005-2006 Wasilla Spirit
2006-2012 Alaska Avalanche
2012-present Johnstown Tomahawks

The Johnstown Tomahawks are a Tier II Junior A ice hockey team in the North American Hockey League's North Division. The team plays its home games at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

Franchise history[edit]

Alaska Avalanche logo.

The franchise was originally called the St Louis Sting, and in 2001 moved to Springfield, Missouri as the Springfield Spirit. In 2005, they moved to Wasilla, Alaska as the Wasilla Spirit, only to re-brand themselves as the Alaska Avalanche the next season. The Avalanche played out of the Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center in Wasilla until the end of the 2009-10 Season. The Avalanche moved to Palmer, Alaska beginning in the 2010-11 season and played at the Palmer Ice Arena.[1][2]

The team relocated to Johnstown, Pennsylvania in 2012, taking the place of the ECHL's Johnstown Chiefs, who moved to Greenville, South Carolina in 2011. They became known as the Johnstown Tomahawks [3] [4]

The Tomahawks played their first game on September 8th, 2012 against the Port Huron Fighting Falcons. They would fall 4-3 in overtime. They would earn their first win, a 6-5 shootout victory on September 13th, 2012 over the Kenai River Brown Bears. Their first home game in Johnstown was played on September 29th, 2012 at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena in which the Tomahawks fell 3-2 in a Shootout to the Michigan Warriors.



Season records[edit]

Note: as of conclusion of 2009-10 season[5][6]

Season GP W L OTL PTS GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
St. Louis Sting
1996-97 46 8 38 0 16 123 248 n/a 8th, League N/A
1997-98 56 23 32 1 47 188 237 1,718 7th, League N/A
1998-99 56 34 16 6 74 211 180 1,611 3rd, League N/A
1999-00 56 18 35 3 39 164 230 1,605 5th, West N/A
2000-01 56 15 36 5 35 170 263 2,034 5th, West N/A
Springfield Spirit
2001-02 56 23 29 4 50 182 222 1,533 3rd, West N/A
2002-03 56 15 36 5 35 129 240 1,689 5th, West N/A
2003-04 56 13 39 4 30 153 259 1,803 7th, South N/A
2004-05 56 20 29 7 47 144 188 1,027 6th, South did not qualify
Wasilla Spirit
2005-06 56 23 33 2 48 133 187 1,307 4th, West lost in 1st Round
Alaska Avalanche
2006-07 62 16 39 7 39 148 242 1,699 6th, South did not qualify
2007-08 58 16 38 4 36 158 270 1,251 5th, South did not qualify
2008-09 58 23 30 5 51 172 224 1,505 3rd, West lost in 1st Round
2009-10 58 32 19 7 71 198 178 1,393 2nd, West lost in 1st Round
2010-11 58 32 22 4 68 193 173 1,479 3rd, West lost in 1st Round
2011-12 60 35 19 6 76 192 173 1,161 3rd, West lost in 1st Round
Johnstown Tomahawks
2012-13 60 27 21 12 66 179 171 1343 5th, North Lost in Play-In Round
2013-14 60 28 27 5 61 167 181 1130 4th, North Lost in 1st Round

Playoffs[edit]

  • 2006
First Round - Fairbanks Ice Dogs defeated Wasilla Spirit 3-games-to-2
  • 2009
First Round - Wenatchee Wild defeated Alaska Avalanche 3-games-to-1
  • 2010
First Round - Fairbanks Ice Dogs defeated Alaska Avalanche 3-games-to-0
  • 2011
Divisional Semi-Finals - Wenatchee Wild defeated Alaska Avalanche 3-games-to-0
  • 2012
Divisional Semi-Finals - Wenatchee Wild defeated Alaska Avalanche 3-games-to-2
  • 2013
Divisional Play In Round - Port Huron Fighting Falcons defeated Johnston Tomahawks 2-games-to-1
  • 2014
Divisional Semi-Finals - Port Huron Fighting Falcons defeated Johnston Tomahawks 3-games-to-0

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.frontiersman.com/articles/2010/08/27/sports/doc4c776b9087414753189129.txt
  2. ^ http://www.adn.com/2010/07/27/1384160/palmer-council-approves-ice-arena.html
  3. ^ http://tribune-democrat.com/latestnews/x1521922382/Alaska-hockey-team-relocates-to-Johnstown
  4. ^ http://www.warmemorialarena.com/
  5. ^ http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/leagues/149.html
  6. ^ http://www.pointstreak.com/prostats/standings.html?leagueid=164&seasonid=2025

External links[edit]

TheTomablog- #1 Fan Blog of the Johnstown Tomahawks