December 26, 2017

Samuel Solensky Heads to World Juniors and Don Hall Has Passed Away



The Johnstown Tomahawks will be without their top scorer for a couple of weeks as Samuel Solensky is participating in the World Junior Championships that are taking place in Buffalo, New York.

Solensky is playing for his home country of Slovakia in the annual tournament. We'll keep everyone posted on how Solensky does during the tournament along with his team.

The World Junior Championships U20 is a tournament made up of the best players around the world that are twenty years of age or younger. Having Solensky taking part is not only a great honor for him but something that the Tomahawks can be proud of as well.

Solensky played in the World Junior Championships U18 tournament two seasons ago (2015-2016) where he was the captain of team Slovakia. In five games he scored three points, all goals.



This isn't the first time that a Tomahawks' player has taken a leave of absence to play in the World Juniors. Last season, Filips Buncis was selected to play for his home country of Latvia. In six games, Buncis had a goal and an assist.

This year's tournament gets underway today, but Slovakia doesn't take the ice until tomorrow when they face powerhouse, Team Canada.

Good luck to Solensky as he and his teammates look to win gold.

The tournament runs from December 26, 2017 through January 5, 2018.

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In sad news, Johnstown hockey legend, Don Hall, has passed away at the age of 87.

Hall is one of four players to have his number retired at 1st Summit Arena @ Cambria County War Memorial in Johnstown hockey history. Alongside Hall's jersey are ones for Galen Head, Dick Roberge, and Reg Kent.

Hall played for the Jets from 1950-1962.

During this time he appeared in a total of 667 games. He scored 392 goals, 586 assists which was good for 978 points.

The Tribune-Democrat wrote about Mr. Hall's passing and you can find those articles here and here.

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