June 3, 2014

Tomahawks Annouce Head Coach, and NAHL 2014 Draft Results

Tomahawks finally announced who will be the team's second head coach in team history and it's not a surprise who they picked. The Tomahawks have decided to promotion Mike Letizia from assistant coach to head coach.

From Johnstown Tomahawks' press release: 

“We were looking for the right person to lead our team, and we’re very pleased to find that fit within our own organization. Mike has demonstrated true commitment to our team , and he has excelled at everything we’ve asked him to do. He deserves this opportunity.”
“Mike’s vision for this team is exactly where we want our organization to go moving forward," Team President Rick Bouchard said. "His work ethic towards scouting and developing our players for the next level is tremendous, and his loyalty and passion for both the organization and the Greater Johnstown community really set him apart.”

You can read the whole press release here.

We think this is the smart move for the team to make. Letizia was already the head of scouting, has done player recuriting, and ran the first tryout this season. This was Letizia's team already, and now he can lead them for the 2014-2015 season and beyond.

2014 NAHL Draft

Today was the NAHL draft and with the Tomahawks' first round selection was forward Dalton Hunter. Hunter is a local product coming out of Greensburg Pa. At just 16-years-old he played for the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite U18 team last season.

He had 10 points in 22 games last season, netting 8 goals and 2 assists. The two previous season he played for the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite U16 team where he recorded 48 points in 59 games (25 goals, 23 assists).

Hunter stands at 6'1, 170lb. 

Here's the Tomahawks press release on the pick today.

Hunter joins Lynch, and Houston as other Penguins Elite players on the Tomahawks' roster.

The Tomahawks made another pick in the fourth round and selected Carter Ekberg of McMurray, PA. He's a defensman who played last season with the Esmark Stars of the NAPHL.  In 20 games he had 17 points (7 goals, 10 assists).

He stands at 6'1, 180lb and is a '97 birth year player.

Former Johnstown Tomahawks' forward Cameron Smith was selected in the draft by the Keystone Ice Miners. Smith played in two games and was pointless.

You can see all the draft results here.