Indiana Blizzard

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Indiana Blizzard
City Dyer, Indiana
League All American Hockey League
Founded 2009
Home arena Midwest Training & Ice Center Arena
Colors Black, Light Blue, White
Head coach Jimi Simmons
Franchise history
2010– 2011 Indiana Blizzard
2009– 2010 West Michigan Blizzard
2009 Detroit Hitmen
Regular season titles 0
Playoff championships 0

The Indiana Blizzard was a professional ice hockey team based in Dyer, Indiana. The team was a member of the All American Hockey League and began its inaugural season in October 2009 as the Detroit Hitmen. The Blizzard played their home games at the Midwest Training & Ice Center Arena.


The West Michigan Blizzard started their inaugural season in October 2009 as the Detroit Hitmen, located in Fraser, Michigan. Due to the financial issues, the team was relocated to Norton Shores, Michigan on December 17, 2009. Matt Wiedenhoeft was the founding partner of the Hitmen, who orchestrated the relocation to the Muskegon, Michigan's L.C. Walker Arena.[1] Their name was changed to the West Michigan Blizzard.

In September 2010, the team announced their relocation to Dyer, Indiana due to the inability for a new ice arena to get built in Norton Shores. After the relocation, the team changed their name to the Indiana Blizzard.[2] The team ceased operations in 2011.

Season-by-season record[edit]

Season GP W L OTL SL PTS PCT GF GA PIM Home Away Season Standing Playoff Result
2009–10 40 26 13 00 01 53 .65 83 54 195 15–5–0–0 11–8–0–1 4th Lost in Championship Game

Glossary: GP= Games played, W= Wins, L= Losses, OTL= Over Time Losses, SL= Shootout Losses, PTS= Points, PCT= Winning Percentage, GF= Goals For, GA= Goals Against, PIM= Penalty Minutes


# Player Pos. Shoots Height Weight Place of Birth
4 United States Ryan Webb F R 5 ft 10 in 180 lb. Roseville, Michigan, United States
5 United States Zachary Kane F R Jamestown, New York, United States
7 United States Greg Eggelston F R 5 ft 8 in 200 lb. Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
8 United States Jose Vasquez F R 6 ft 3 in 205 lb. Shelby Township, Michigan, United States
98 United States Roger Recsh F R 7 ft 1 in 220 lb. Sheboygan, Wisconsin, United States
11 United States Andrew Sanders F L 6 ft 1 in 200 lb. Salem, Oregon, United States
12 United States Charles Harvey F R 6 ft 0 in 175 lb. Columbus, Ohio, United States
17 United States Peter Pritchett F R 6 ft 3 in 225 lb. Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
20 United States Scott O'Connor F R 5 ft 9 in 180 lb. Marysville, Michigan, United States
25 United States Bill Vitale F R 5 ft 10 in 175 lb. Laurel Springs, New Jersey, United States
# Player Pos. Shoots Height Weight Place of Birth
2 United States B.J. Belliotti D L 5 ft 9 in 180 lb. Waterford, Michigan, United States
18 United States Emory Lovse D R 5 ft 9 in 165 lb. Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
19 United States Bradley Bohlinger D R 5 ft 11 in 190 lb. St. Clair Shores, Michigan, United States
22 United States Ryan Sexsmith D R 5 ft 11 in 210 lb. Dearborn, Michigan, United States
23 United States Matt Mosley D R 5 ft 10 in 190 lb. Trenton, Michigan, United States
24 United States Brett Aimone D R 6 ft 0 in 200 lb. Toms River, New Jersey, United States
51 United States Dan Olesky D R 5 ft 11 in 230 lb. Chesterfield, Michigan, United States
# Player Pos. Catches Height Weight Place of Birth
1 Canada Matt Kinsella G R Toronto, Ontario, Canada
74 United States Nortan Ali G L 5 ft 6 in 160 lb. Ferndale, Michigan, United States


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