August 14, 2013

Tomahawks' 30 Day Experience Countdown Starts Friday

The Johnstown Tomahawks' were named the "NAHL 2012-2013 Organization of the Year", in their first season of play.

The Tomahawks' finished 5th in the league when it came to average attendance, 2527 per game.

The Tomahawks' also made it to the playoffs in their first season of action.

Some team's would sit back and take it easy after such a successful year, but the Tomahawks' aren't most teams. Instead they are counting down to the season opener, in a away that'll get their fans excited, get the attention of possible new fans, at the same time letting the players discover the city of Johnstown Pa and the surrounding area.

Here's what I'm talking about below.

(Official Team Press Releases)
By: Suzanne Grove

The Johnstown Tomahawks are thrilled to kick off their “30 Day Experience Countdown,” beginning on Fri., August 16, 2013. In anticipation of the Tomahawks 2013-14 Home Opener and HockeyFest on Sat., Sept. 14 at the War Memorial Arena, the team will both host and participate in a variety of community events over the next 30 days. In addition, each day fans can log on to, Facebook, and Twitter to see exactly what the team has in store for this season through fun videos, photos, and player content.
During each of the next 30 days, Tomahawks players, coaches, and staff will be further discovering the region at a number of events throughout Greater Johnstown, including locations in Somerset and Cambria counties. The organization will take this opportunity to introduce the players to the community and say thank you for the tremendous support over the past year. A complete schedule is outlined below.
“Our current training camp roster consists of players from nearly every corner of the U.S., most of whom are just now becoming acquainted with Johnstown and the surrounding areas,” said Team President Rick Bouchard. “Each of these men has already started to experience the overwhelming fan support for this team. Our goal is to fully introduce the players to the community. They are extremely excited to be a part of an area that loves hockey so much while also getting to interact directly with younger fans and charitable organizations over the next month or so.”
One highlight of the countdown is the Second Annual Open House & Select-a-Seat Night on Wednesday, Aug. 21 from 5-8 p.m. at the War Memorial Arena. During this event, which is open and free to the public, fans will have the opportunity to officially meet the 2013-14 team. Fans can also explore different seat and ticket options, purchase season tickets, view and purchase new merchandise, enjoy a special kids fun zone, and listen to a talk given by Head Coach Jason Spence.
30 Day Experience Countdown
Friday, August 16 – Richland Community Days
Time: 4 p.m. – dusk            Where: Schoolhouse Road, Johnstown 15904
The Tomahawks will be handing out information and raffling off chances to win Tomahawks Corn Hold Boards under the Community Tent.
Saturday, August 17 – Nanty Glo Fire Co. Parade (& Richland Community Days)
Time: 3 – 6 p.m.            Where: Fire Hall, 840 Chestnut St, Nanty Glo 15943
Players and Chopper will meet fans, sign autographs at 3 p.m., and participate in the parade starting at 5 p.m. to celebrate 100 years of the Nanty Glo Fire Company.
Richland Community Days
Time: 11 a.m. – dusk                        Where: Schoolhouse Road, Johnstown 15904
The team & Chopper will walk in Parade at 11 a.m. along Theater Drive.  The Tomahawks will be handing out information and raffling off chances to win Tomahawks Corn Hole Boards under the Community Tent.
Sunday, August 18 – J.A.H.A. Back to School Bash
Time: 1-5 p.m.                         Where: Peoples Natural Gas Park
We’ll help celebrate the Back to School Bash with tons of fun activities and entertainment for the entire family. The first 100 kids will receive backpacks to get them ready for back to school, which also have Tomahawks tickets inside.  Chopper and players will be around throughout the day meeting fans!
Monday, August 19 – Preseason Prep Camp at Planet Ice
Time: 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.            Where: Planet Ice
Preseason Prep Camp for bantam and midget players working with Coach Mike Letizia and Tomahawks players to sharpen their skills.
Tuesday, August 20 – Children’s Aid Home of Somerset
Time: 2 p.m.                        Where: 1476 N. Center Ave, Somerset 15501
Players will be spending time with the kids who live there.
Wednesday, August 21 – Open House / Select–A–Seat
Time: 5-8 p.m.                         Where: War Memorial
This will serve as the first opportunity for fans to meet the new team, purchase single game tickets, and checkout the newest merchandise and gear.  New Season Ticket Holders can pick their seats. There will also be lots of family-friendly activities during the event!

Thursday, August 22 – Learning Lamp Reading
Time: 1:30 p.m.            Where: 445 Schoolhouse Road, Johnstown 15904
Tomahawks players will be reading and doing fun activities with over 50 kids ranging from 4-12 years old.
Friday, August 23 – St. Vincent De Paul Food Kitchen
Time: 11:30 – 12:30 p.m.            Where: 927 Franklin Street, Johnstown 15901
Tomahawks Staff and Chopper will be serving lunch.
Saturday, August 24 – Lift Johnstown Street Painting
Time: 9 – 12 p.m.            Where: Somerset Street, Kernville section of Johnstown
The team will help with “Share-the-Lane” Bike painting project. Staff members will be among 100 additional volunteers helping to paint bike lanes in the Kernville section of Johnstown.
Sunday, August 25 – Chopper Public Skate
Time: 1:30-4 p.m.            Where: Planet Ice
Chopper will be skating during the public skate to benefit the Johnstown Lady Jets Hockey Program.
Monday, August 26 – Incline Plane
Time:                        Where: Downtown Johnstown
In partnership with the CVB, Tomahawks players will discover Johnstown and take a ride on the world’s steepest incline.
Tuesday, August 27 – Season Ticket Holder Deliveries
Time: 3 p.m.                        Where: Great Johnstown Area
Players will discover Johnstown and the greater area by visiting our Season Ticket Holders to deliver their tickets. Presented by Enterprise.
Wednesday, August 28 – Season Ticket Holder Deliveries
Time: 3 p.m.                        Where: Great Johnstown Area
Thursday, August 29 – Season Ticket Holder Deliveries
Time: 3 p.m.                        Where: Great Johnstown Area
Friday, August 30 – Discovery Center Fun Fridays
Time: 2 p.m.                        Where: Discovery Center
Players will join the kids at the Discovery Center for their weekly Fun Friday activities.
Saturday, August 31 – Log House Arts Festival  (& Forest Hills Festival)
Time: 1-3 p.m.                         Where: 1217 Menoher Blvd, Johnstown 15907
Chopper is attending the 43rd Annual Log House Arts Festival in Westmont, taking in all the activities the fair has to offer and meeting with fans!
Forest Hills Festival
Time: 11 a.m. – dusk                        Where: Adams Twp. Vol. Fire Co. 2, St. Michael 15951
Tomahawks staff and players are returning to Forest Hills Fest to promote the upcoming season and meet with fans!
Sunday, September 1 – Ethnic Fest
Time: 3 – 5 p.m.                        Where: 4th Avenue & Chestnut Street, Johnstown
Chopper will be attending Ethnic Fest and hanging out at the Kids Area.
Forest Hills Festival
Time: 11 a.m. – dusk                        Where: Adams Twp. Vol. Fire Co. 2, St. Michael 15951
Monday, September 2 – Forest Hills Festival
Time: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.                         Where: Adams Twp. Vol. Fire Co. 2, St. Michael 15951
Tuesday, September 3 – Somerset Hospital Visit
Time:            2:30 p.m.            Where: 225 S. Center Ave, Somerset PA 15501
Players will make rounds throughout the hospital, visiting staff and patients.
Wednesday, September 4 – Alleghenies United Cerebral Palsy Foundation
Players will meet with kids at UCP.
Thursday, September 5 – Downtown Johnstown Clean Up
Tomahawks Players and Cambria County are working to help clean up Johnstown. The players will spend a few hours helping pick up litter all around town.
Friday, September 6 – Stuver’s Nursery Tree Planting
Time:            12 p.m.                        Where: Sandyvale
Players will leave their mark on Johnstown by helping plant new trees in partnership with Stuver’s Nursery and Lift Johnstown in Sandyvale.
Saturday, September 7 – Hydro Angels Over America Bowling
Time:            1-3 p.m.            Where: Richland Lanes
Chopper will stop by this event, which is being held to educate and raise money for Hydrocephalus, the number one cause of brain surgery in pediatric patients.
Sunday, September 8 – AmeriServ Free Concert Series
Time:            3 p.m.                        Where: Roxbury Bandshell, Franklin Street, Johnstown
Tomahawk players will take in a free concert featuring Hiram and the Walkers plus the Cash Review as part of the AmeriServ Free Concert Series with the concert benefiting the Roxbury Bandshell Preservation Alliance.
Monday, September 9 – Johnstown Flood Museum
Time:                                    Where: Downtown
The entire team will be visiting downtown Johnstown Flood Museum to watch the Academy Award winning movie “The Johnstown Flood.”
Tuesday, September 10 – Conemaugh Visit
Time:            1:30 – 2:30 p.m.             Where: Conemaugh Hospital
Tomahawks players will be getting a tour of the hospital and visiting Conemaugh staff and patients.
Wednesday, September 11 – Cambria County Veteran’s Museum
Where: War Memorial Arena
Players will take a tour of the Veteran’s Museum to learn more about Johnstown’s long history of local veterans. 
Thursday, September 12 – ACRP WestEnd Catholic
Players will visit with kids as they kickoff new programs for the year.
Friday, September 13 – Light the Night with Domino’s
Tomahawks players will be at Domino’s located on Scalp Ave., helping sell pizza to benefit Light the Night Walk Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Saturday, September 14 – HockeyFest
Time: 4 – 7 p.m.            Where: War Memorial/Napoleon Street
Johnstown Tomahawks 2nd Annual HockeyFest will have fun games and activities for the entire family, live music, food and drinks, and Tomahawks gear to get you ready for the Tomahawks Home Opener Faceoff at 7:30 p.m.

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