Louisville Icehawks

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Louisville Icehawks
City Louisville, Kentucky
League ECHL
Division Southern Division
Founded 1990
Home arena Broadbent Arena (6,600)

The Louisville Icehawks were a professional ice hockey team competing in the East Coast Hockey League. The team, based in Louisville, Kentucky, played from 1990-1994. Their home venue was Broadbent Arena at the Kentucky Exposition Center. The mascot was called Tommy Hawk, a play on tomahawk, and resembled The San Diego Chicken, but with coloration and costume matching the team's. Tommy Hawk was "banned" from the inside portion of the arena for a period of time, due to an altercation with a visiting player who was in the penalty box. In the 1995-96 season, the team was renamed and moved to Florida to become the Jacksonville Lizard Kings.

For a period of time the Louisville Icehawk's parent team/NHL Affiliate were the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Trevor Buchanan was a player for the Icehawks that spent a great deal of time in the penalty box, thus spawning his own fan club.


  • 1990–91: Defeated Knoxville 3-0 in quarterfinals; lost to Greensboro 4-0 in semifinals.
  • 1991–92: Defeated Toledo 4-1 in first round; received quarterfinals bye; defeated Cincinnati 3-1 in semifinals; lost to Hampton Roads 4-0 in finals.
  • 1992–93: Did not qualify.
  • 1993–94: Defeated Knoxville 2-1 in first round; lost to Birmingham 3-0 in quarterfinals.

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