July 29, 2013

Tomahawks' 2013 Summer Tour Continues

The Johnstown Tomahawks' main camp for the upcoming season ended yesterday, but that doesn't mean the team is now just sitting around waiting for the season to start.

Today was the first day of the Johnstown Tomahawks' Hockey School at Planet Ice. The hockey school is running from July 29th (today) to August 2nd. Here's the team's press release about the hockey school from earlier this off season:


The Johnstown Tomahawks, in partnership with Planet Ice, today announced the First Annual Johnstown Tomahawks Summer Hockey School to be held July 29 – Aug. 2 at Planet Ice in Richland Township.
Directed by the team’s General Manager and Director of Hockey Operations, Rick Boyd, the five-day school will feature instruction by Tomahawks Head Coach Jason Spence and Assistant Coach Mike Letizia with Planet Ice Hockey Schools Director Francis Anzalone serving as both Program Developer and instructor.
“The Tomahawks place a high priority on helping the community and a large part of that is providing opportunities for youth hockey players in our area,” said Rick Boyd. “We are so excited for our first summer hockey school and look forward to providing young players with personalized coaching from some of the best hockey minds in our area and from our very own Tomahawks players.”
Attending players will receive 15 hours of on-ice instruction, daily dry land training, video breakdown reviews, individualized instruction, and thorough training from basic hockey skills to systems and team concepts. Tomahawks players Cody Boyd, Dakoda Menslage, Corey Schaffer, and others will assist Spence, Letizia, and Anzalone. Mike Grattan, scout for the Cedar Rapids Roughriders, will also join the staff as an instructor.

Not too sure if Corey Schaffer is still helping out as he was cut by the team during this past weekend's main camp. For the fan's of the Johnstown Chiefs, Francis Anzalone is former Chiefs' head coach Frank Anzalone's son. Frank Anzalone coached the Johnstown Chiefs for two seasons.

Here's a tweet sent out by Planet Ice earlier today:

That's Jesse Kessler helping out with the camp today.

The Tomahawks' aren't just holding their first annual hockey camp, on July 30th the team will be participating at the Camp Harmony Sports Camp.

On August 5th the team will be very busy as they will hold their 2nd Annual Johnstown Tomahawks Golf Outing. Later that night they will be part of the AAABA Opening Night festivities.

Here's the team's press release about the golf outing:

The Johnstown Tomahawks are thrilled to announce the Second Annual Tomahawks Charity Golf Outing to be held Monday, Aug. 5 at Sunnehanna Country Club in Johnstown, PA. The event, presented by Esmark, Am-Guards, and Johnstown Construction & Flooring Solutions, will benefit the Johnstown Tomahawks Foundation (JTF).
“Our entire organization is looking forward to the golf outing with a lot of enthusiasm,” said Team President Rick Bouchard. “We hope to make this year’s event as memorable as our first one, which was an incredibly fun day of enjoying good food, golf, conversation, and, most importantly, raising money for the JTF. Having the ability to have fun and give back at the same time is something we look forward to all season long.”
The four-person shamble will feature the Tomahawks coaching staff and ownership group, as well as NFL legends Jack Ham and Shane Conlan, who were present last year. Prizes will be awarded to the top team and golfers can enjoy many on-course contests.

Registration begins at 11 a.m., followed by lunch and drinks before the 12:30 p.m. shotgun start.  The live auction and dinner will be held around 6 p.m.  Auction items include Tomahawks jerseys autographed by Mario Lemieux & The Hanson Brothers, NHL, NFL & college memorabilia, golf equipment, and more.

For more information about participating in the 2nd Annual Tomahawks Charity Golf Outing, call
(814) 536-4625 or email info@johnstowntomahawks.com.

The Tomahawks' season starts on September 14th when they play at home vs the Port Huron Fighting Falcons. That's the same Fighting Falcons' team they started the season against last year, and the same team that knocked the Tomahawks' out of the playoffs.
If you haven't already, get your season tickets for the 2013-2014 season, it's shaping up to be an even more exciting year than last season. Single game tickets look to be going on sale August 21, 2013 at 10am.

July 28, 2013

Tomahawks' Main Camp All-Star Game Review

Today was the last day of Johnstown's main camp for the upcoming 2013-2014. The best players of the camp were split into two teams, team Red and team Blue. One player was missing from the All-Star game, Jesse Kessler, who sat out due to injury.

First here's the goals that were scored during the game. We'll wrap things up with our personal views on what we saw today at Planet Ice.

The game featured three periods, 30 minutes each, running time.


Team Red: Heinz Koster (Eric Tien, JB Baker) 1-0
Team Red: Evan Ketner (Joe Drabin, Shane Bednard) 2-0
Team Blue: Casey Linkenheld (Connor Gilmartin, Forest Donovan) 2-1
Team Red: Ilya Ignatenko (Griffin Leach) 3-1
Team Red: Vincent Guimond (JB Baker) 4-1
Team Red: JB Baker (Joe Drabin) 5-1
Team Blue: Jake Fairchild (Jacob Soyka, Tyler Basham) 5-2*
Team Red: Conor Jonasson (Eric Tien) 6-2
Team Blue: Forest Donovan (Casey Linkenheld


Jake Fairchild vs Griffin Leach
Brandon Reinholz vs Connor Gilmartin

Random Thoughts:

McCombs had a tough day, he saw himself go to the box four times. Had a couple good scoring chances when on the ice.

Zach Wallace was flying and picked up right were he left off last season.

Aaron Bland had a couple great scoring chances but couldn't finish. He'll be a great addition to the team.

Casey Linkenheld had a great breakaway move which resulted in a goal. Great player.

JB Baker was the best player on the ice today.

[UPDATE] No Cody Gylling, as he made the USHL Fargo Force.

[UPDATE] No Andrew McDonald either as we are told he also made Fargo Force roster.

Shane Cuckovich played like a seasoned pro. He'll be a welcomed addition to the Tomahawks.

Connor Gilmartin has pretty good speed and was able to hold his own vs. Fairchild.

Collin Finkhouse is a fun player to watch. Lots of chances, good speed at both ends of the rink.

Alex Okicki allowed two goals, but neither were his fault.

Brett Young gave up four goals.

Colin Brennan was the only guy not to allow any goals today. Played really well.

Colin DeAugustine fills the net well for being a smaller sized goalie. Allowed three goals.

Dakoda Menslage made some good plays today.

Alex Jaeckle was everywhere on the ice today. One player that really stood out to us. Good pick up.

Reinholz had a fight, a couple good hits, and yelled at the refs a couple times. Seems like he's in mid season form.

The Russian, Ilya Ignatenko played a good game and I hope he makes the roster.

Both teams had some bad turnovers at the beginning of the game but once the game got going things settled down.

There wasn't any players on the ice today that looked like they were a step behind.

The coaching staff and Rick Boyd are gonna have some very tough decisions to make to get the roster down to 25 players by September 1st.

The arena was packed with fans and family. A great turn out.

WJAC news was nowhere to been seen. Sad.

If you couldn't make it to the game today here's the roster that was provided by the team for the game. Since the game today we believe the team has made several cuts and we have some names of players that have made the team. We won't post those names though, until the official team's press release comes out.

We can't wait for the season to get started.


July 26, 2013

Johnstown Tomahawks' 2013 Main Camp (Updating All Weekend)

Currently the Tomahawks' are in day two of their main camp for the upcoming season.

With the camp closed to the public it's a little hard to report what's been going on. So we figured we'd make a post with all the links from newspaper articles, TV reports, Tweets, and so on from main camp this weekend to keep you in the loop.

Make sure to check back each day as we hope to keep adding to this post.



Eric Knopsnyder has a great article in today's paper about two players that are in camp. One is a local product and the other comes from Russia.

Yesterday, Mike Mastovich had a nice read about Tomahawks' camp and the 80 or so players the team was looking to evaluate for a chance to be on this season's roster.

Official Johnstown Tomahawks:

The team has a look at the first day of camp with this official team press release, written by Suzanne Grove.

On the team's Facebook page, there are a few great shots from the first day of camp.

Camp Tweets:

Colin Brennan has some awesome new pads for this season.

Dylan Lincoln, a player who's looking to make the Tomahawks' roster has this to say.

Tucker Murphy is another guy trying out at main camp.

And Johnstown High School makes a shout out to one of it's own trying out for the Tomahawks.

July 21, 2013

Johnstown's Main Camp Ice Schedule

After about three minutes of research we were able to find out the schedule for the Tomahawks' main camp this upcoming week. This might not be the exact schedule come July 25th, but this gives you an idea of what the team is thinking ice time wise.

Of course this is only one ice times, and doesn't take into account any off-ice workouts the players will be doing. Sunday's "All Stars" game will be open to the public. Also, all ice times are for Planet Ice, Johnstown Pa.

Updated: 7/23/2013

Camp Schedule
July 25th- 6pm to 9:50pm
July 26th- 9am to 11:50 am and 4pm to 6:50pm
July 27th- 8am to 9am and 9:10am to 12pm 
July 28th- 11am to 2pm Camp All Star Game (Only Time Open to Public)

After main camp is over, the city will only have to wait till September 14th to finally see some live regular season hockey.

We know we can't wait for hockey to get going again here at the blog.

We also have a new post on Juniorhockey titled Attendance Trends vs 2013-2014 Tomahawks Schedule.

We're also working on a post about the promotions we'd like to see for the 2013-2014 home games. That post should be up sometime this week. We'll keep you posted.

Till then...


July 17, 2013

Johnstown Tomahawks' 2013-2014 Regular Season Schedule

The anticipation for the NAHL regular season schedule is over, as the league has finally released it late tuesday. The schedule is interesting for sure.

Eric Knopsnyder has an article in the Tribune Democrat about the Tomahawks' portion. He also chatted with Jason Spence to get his take on what the team faces this year. It's worth the read.

Looking at the schedule, here's our take. After we give our input we'll show you the easy to read schedule we made just for the site.

  • If you like playoff style hockey, you're going to love this season. A lot of three game series.
  • Huge homestand. If you've got season tickets you're going to be at the arena a lot in the beginning of the season.
  • On the other side, with such a big homestand, there's going to be a lot of weekend's without any hockey in town.
  • We only play Janesville four times all season. All four games take in the last month of the season. We only play Springfield eight times. The thought behind this is because of the travel, but we find ourselves playing the Wenatchee Wild eight times, so that logic get's thrown out the window.
  • The Tomahawks are going to need a tough physical team this season.
  • The NAHL better be ready in the officiating department. With so many games against the same team's back-to-back, you can expect blood to boil a few times this season.
  • The team will have plenty of time to bond on road trips.
  • Johnstown will play, Soo, Port Huron, and Michigan a total of 12 times each. Last year the Tomahawks' had trouble with Port Huron and Michigan. If they have trouble with them this year, we won't make the playoffs.
Take a look for yourself. Tell us what you think about the schedule on our Twitter and Facebook Page.

Notes: Red line below the logo means home game. Blue line means away game. Yellow line means NAHL 2013 Showcase games.

July 12, 2013

Linkenheld Makes Lincoln Stars Affiliate Roster

Johnstown Tomahawks' 2013 NAHL draft pick, Casey Linkenheld has made the USHL's Lincoln Stars Affiliate Roster.

During this year's NAHL draft, the Tomahawks' had five total draft picks, and Casey Linkenheld was the team's first overall pick.

Linkenheld played last season for Team Illinois U18. In 31 games he scored 31 points (14 goals, 17 assists). In 2011-2012 he appeared in 29 games for Illinois U18, scoring 17 points (7 goals, 10 assists).

Linkenheld is a 5'11, 160lb left winger, who hails from Bartlett, IL.

So what does this mean for the Johnstown Tomahawks? Nothing, as of right now. Linkenheld will be in camp and should be one of the team's top players this upcoming season. If the Lincoln stars run into a few injuries or if Linkenheld really does well in Johnstown, he might get called up, almost like the ECHL to the AHL. Here's the official wording on USHL affiliate rosters:

The affiliate list is made up of players in the U-18 category. The list contains players that can be added anytime over the course of the season, either for full-time duty or as an injury replacement. These players can be drafted either during the entry draft or the futures draft. These players do not have to play in 10 games to be given veteran status and can be placed on a team's initial protected list.

The Johnstown Tomahawks' main camp will take place, July 25-28.

The team's first four games will be at the NAHL Showcase, Septemeber 18-22.

The season is getting closer and closer.

Let's go 'Hawks!

July 4, 2013

Johnstown's NAHL Showcase Schedule is Announced

Teams and fans are still awaiting for the official NAHL 2013-2014 game schedule, but yesterday the league released the schedule for the 2013 Showcase Tournament.

The Showcase will run from September 18-22 at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota. All 24 teams from the league will compete in the tournament and all teams will be involved in four regular season match ups.

The Tomahawks last year had a record of 1-2-1 during the Showcase. The only win the Tomahawks got last year in the tournament was the team's first victory in team history, a 6-5 shootout win vs. Kenai River.

Last Years Games/Results

Game 1: Brookings Vs. Johnstown 4-2 L
Game 2: Kenai River Vs. Johnstown 6-5 SOW
Game 3: Johnstown Vs. Austin 5-4 L
Game 4: Johnstown Vs. Corpus Christi 5-3 L

Just like last year, Johnstown won't face any team from their own division during the showcase this season.

Sept 18- 8:15 PM, Amarillo Bulls vs. Johnstown Tomahawks
Sept 19- 4:30 PM, Johnstown Tomahawks vs. Topeka RoadRunners
Sept 20- 10:30 AM, Aberdeen Wings vs. Johnstown Tomahawks
Sept 21- 9:30 AM, Johnstown Tomahawks vs. Bismarck Bobcats
All game times are Central Time zone.

Johnstown is expected to have a very talented team this season and they will face an early test vs. the Amarillo Bulls, 2012-2013 Robertson Cup Champions.

Last season the Tomahawks played two away games before heading to the showcase. We'll have to wait and see if that'll be the case again this season.

Quick Links:

We'd like to share two quick links, both of which come from posts written by Tomablog writers.

Piece by Piece - By Mike Gosnell
Unsung Heroes- By Jon Kohan

We'd say both are great reads about the Tomahawks, but of course we'd say that, we wrote them.

Here is the complete Showcase schedule, courtesy of the NAHL's official website:

Wednesday, September 18th
10:00 AM, Fairbanks Ice Dogs vs. Springfield Jr. Blues
10:15 AM, Texas Tornado vs. Kenai River Brown Bears
10:30 AM, Minot Minotauros vs. Corpus Christi IceRays
1:15 PM, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees vs. Coulee Region Chill
1:30 PM, Wenatchee Wild vs. Topeka RoadRunners
1:45 PM, Wichita Falls Wildcats vs. Minnesota Magicians
4:30 PM, Michigan Warriors vs. Brookings Blizzard
4:45 PM, Janesville Jets vs. Aberdeen Wings
5:00 PM, Port Huron Fighting Falcons vs. Austin Bruins
7:45 PM, Soo Eagles vs. Bismarck Bobcats
8:00 PM, Odessa Jackalopes vs. Minnesota Wilderness
8:15 PM, Amarillo Bulls vs. Johnstown Tomahawks
Thursday, September 19th
10:00 AM, Aberdeen Wings vs. Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees
10:15 AM, Minnesota Magicians vs. Michigan Warriors
10:30 AM, Brookings Blizzard vs. Wichita Falls Wildcats
1:15 PM, Minot Minotauros vs. Port Huron Fighting Falcons
1:30 PM, Fairbanks Ice Dogs vs. Soo Eagles
1:45 PM, Austin Bruins vs. Texas Tornado
4:30 PM, Johnstown Tomahawks vs. Topeka RoadRunners
4:45 PM, Springfield Jr. Blues vs. Odessa Jackalopes
5:00 PM, Corpus Christi IceRays vs. Coulee Region Chill
7:45 PM, Wenatchee Wild vs. Minnesota Wilderness
8:00 PM, Kenai River Brown Bears vs. Janesville Jets
8:15 PM, Bismarck Bobcats vs. Amarillo Bulls
Friday, September 20th
10:00 AM, Springfield Jr. Blues vs. Minot Minotauros
10:15 AM, Brookings Blizzard vs. Odessa Jackalopes
10:30 AM, Aberdeen Wings vs. Johnstown Tomahawks
1:15 PM, Topeka RoadRunners vs. Soo Eagles
1:30 PM, Amarillo Bulls vs. Kenai River Brown Bears
1:45 PM, Bismarck Bobcats vs. Janesville Jets
4:30 PM, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees vs. Fairbanks Ice Dogs
4:45 PM, Port Huron Fighting Falcons vs. Texas Tornado
5:00 PM, Minnesota Wilderness vs. Corpus Christi IceRays
7:45 PM, Coulee Region Chill vs. Wichita Falls Wildcats
8:00 PM, Austin Bruins vs. Michigan Warriors
8:15 PM, Minnesota Magicians vs. Wenatchee Wild
Saturday, September 21st
9:00 AM, Corpus Christi IceRays vs. Port Huron Fighting Falcons
9:15 AM, Soo Eagles vs. Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees
9:30 AM, Johnstown Tomahawks vs. Bismarck Bobcats
12:15 PM, Minnesota Wilderness vs. Springfield Jr. Blues
12:30 PM, Michigan Warriors vs. Minot Minotauros
12:45 PM, Janesville Jets vs. Amarillo Bulls
3:30 PM, Topeka RoadRunners vs. Aberdeen Wings
3:45 PM, Odessa Jackalopes vs. Minnesota Magicians
4:00 PM, Wichita Falls Wildcats vs. Austin Bruins
6:45 PM, Texas Tornado vs. Fairbanks Ice Dogs
7:00 PM, Kenai River Brown Bears vs. Brookings Blizzard
7:15 PM, Coulee Region Chill vs. Wenatchee Wild
*All times central

July 3, 2013

Slap Shot (Then and Now)

When you say "Johnstown Pa", the average person will probably either say that they know the city because of our floods, or because of the movie Slap Shot. Judging by the title of this blog post, you've probably guessed we're not going to be talking about our floods, we'll save that for anther time.

Today is all about the movie Slap Shot. More importantly, taking a look back at the city of Johnstown which played the role of Charlestown in the movie. Fan's of the film know what the city looked like back in 1977, but many probably don't know what Johnstown looks like now. Maybe you live in Johnstown and would like to know where some of the filming locations were. Well this is the post for you.

Then and Now.

We're going to look back at several scenes in the cult classic and show you what they look like today.

But first...


1. We will not be covering anything from inside the Cambria County War Memorial Arena. We might do a part two during the season and cover what the arena looked like back then and what it looks like now. You'll have to wait and see.

2. Sorry, no nude scenes. We're not going to do a Then and Now of actress Melinda Dillion who played Suzanne Hanrahan, because this is a blog is for families, and the "Now" would have to be an artist's rendering, and I'm not that good of an artists. We will cover the "Mooning" scene, but won't show any of the film stills from that scene. If you need to see that stuff, we'll give you a moment right now to Google it.

Go ahead, we'll wait.

Okay, back to the blog.

3. If there's something we missed that you'd like information on, leave us a comment, we'll do our best to answer it for you.

4. If you enjoy history, like we do, you'll enjoy this post. If you enjoy Johnstown history, you'll really enjoy this post. But we will warn you, you might get a little depressed like we did while writing this. Why did we get depressed? Seeing how the city was and the way it is now can make you sad.

Johnstown used to be a happening place. It could be again, but we'll save that for a rainy day, which around here, could be any moment.

5. The movie also had scenes filmed in Hamilton, Syracuse, Utica New York, and Pittsburgh Pa. We're only focusing on Johnstown Pa, which goes without saying, but we said it anyways.

Let's get started. By the way all pictures and graphics were done myself, unless stated other wise.


To refresh you memory: Slap Shot (1977) A failing ice hockey team finds success using constant fighting and violence during games.  (from IMDB.com)


The town of Hyannisport is shown briefly in the film. In case you're not sure when, it's when the Chiefs' bus, and the fan's bus, drives through the town, mooning Hyannisport's fans.

In real life, Ligonier Pa played the role of Hyannisport. Ligonier is roughly 22 miles, southwest, from the city of Johnstown.

The above image shows the location where the scene was shot, in downtown Ligonier. On the top right of the roundabout, you'll see a large building with white pillars in the front. That's the one building that can be clearly seen in the film. You can click on this picture or any other picture you see in this post to enlarge them. (left clicks only)

The number "one" in the yellow circle is the city of Johnstown and of course the "two" in the yellow circle is Ligonier.