ISSUE 17 - 27 FEBRUARY 2016
VS NLN CUP EDITION #COYH
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06 COACH’S HUDDLE
SOLWAY MATCH WAS ABANDONED LAST WEEK SO WE HAVE AN INSIGHT INTO WHAT BUDZIE IS DOING TO PREPARE THE TEAM FOR THE PLAYOFFS.
THIS WEEK WE HAVE A FULL FOUR PAGES ON JIM PENNYCOOK FROM HIS FIRST MATCH ALL THE WAY THROUGH TO THE LEGENDS GAME.
04. ROUND UP
28. OFFICIAL SIGNALS
A ROUND UP OF RECENT NEWS FROM PLANET
SEE WHAT ALL THOSE REFEREE
GESTURES MEAN WITH OUR PICTORIAL
10. ICE HOCKEY REVIEW
ALL THE LATEST NEWS AND RESULTS FROM
29. PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
OUR LEAGUE AND BEYOND
JAMES RIDDOCH TELLS US HOW IT ALL
20. TEAMSHEETS TEAM SHEETS FOR THE HAWKS & THE WILD.
STARTED OUT FOR HIM AND WHERE ICE HOCKEY IS TAKING HIM NOW
YOU CAN FILL IN ALL OF THE RESULTS HERE AS
34. THE FIXER
GRAHAM LOMAX AND FRIENDS HAVE
22. PLAYOFF UPDATE THE UPCOMING PLAYOFFS FOR WHICH THE HAWKS HAVE ALREADY QUALIFIED. KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR THE LATEST NEWS AND INFO
BEEN OVER THE WATER TO HELSINKI READ WHAT THEY GOT UP TO.
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CAPS COLUMN EVERY WEEK CHRIS ARNONE POSTS HIS ANALYSIS AND THOUGHTS ON OUR MOST RECENT MATCHES IN THE LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH. THE PAGE IS UPDATED EVERY TUESDAY SO HEAD ON OVER THERE TO READ UP ON THE MATCH REPORT FROM OUR RECENT LEAGUE MATCH AT SHEFFIELD VS. THE STING. CHRIS’ ARTICLE IS USUALLY POSTED QUITE QUICKLY ON OUR OFFICIAL WEBSITE, FACEBOOK, SUPPORTERS PAGE AND ON OUR TEAM APP. YOU CAN ALSO BUY THE LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH ON TUESDAY AND READ IT THERE.
Programme design & content by John Milton Cover photo Ollie Lomax by John Milton (www.eventog.uk) Articles provided by Paul Breeze, Graham Lomax & John Milton. Proof reading by Esther Gradwell & Graham Lomax All items are copyright to their respective owners and all rights reserved © 2016
This week we welcome back Ollie Lomax from injury. Ollie has used his time out to good effect though to give some of his experience over to the Streethawks with Chris Riley and his team on Monday evenings at YouthZone in Blackburn. Ollie has still been training with the Hawks so should be at his best from the off. It has also been great to see Ollie Supporting the Hawks at every match both home and away. Last week saw our match against Solway abandoned after the Solway team were caught up in a traffic jam following a fatal crash on the M6. The Solway team made a valiant attempt to get through but ended up spending over four hours sitting in non-moving traffic. This match is now rescheduled to take place on the 20th March with a 5:45pm face off as usual. There will be a Supporters Club members meeting on 13th March at 2:30PM where we will be bringing you all up to date with the latest news and developments. Please bring your Supporters Club membership card if you do wish to join us as you will not gain entry without one. You can still join the SC by filling in a form and paying at reception. If you wish to have a say in the future of the Blackburn Hawks Supporters Club then join up now.
DONâ€™T STOP BELIEVING! John Milton
WITH NO MATCH LAST WEEK THERE IS NOT MUCH FOR US TO SAY. WE HAVE NEWS OF A VERY WELCOME RETURN FOR OLLIE LOMAX AND AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE END OF THE SEASON AND WITH WHITLEY SNAPPING AT OUR HEELS, ALL OF OUR REMAINING LEAGUE GAMES ARE VERY IMPORTANT. IF YOU CAN MAKE A SPECIAL EFFORT TO TRAVEL THEN NOW IS THE TIME. FOUR MASSIVE GAMES AND A MASSIVE REWARD AWAIT US FOR HAWKS PLAYERS AND FANS ALIKE
Good evening one and all and a warm welcome to our visitors tonight, Widnes Wild. We’ve got a bit of a break from League action for a while now and with last weekends game being postponed it’s even longer, but the good thing about it is that it gives me an ideal opportunity to have another look at our lines as we head into the Play Off’s and final league games. With the loss of Rjay I’ve been having a look at few combinations and I’ll have another opportunity over the coming weeks to mix it up again now. One thing that I’ve noticed is that it’s getting tight now as we head down the final straight, which makes for a good entertaining run in. Yes there have been some blow outs during the season but on the whole it’s been a very competitive season for all teams involved, including ourselves, which is a great advertisement for the league itself. I have to take my hat off to the arena management last week for holding out as long as they
could in trying to get the game on. Sadly it was not to be, and also a fair play to Solway for making the effort to get here, they could have easily thrown the towel in, but they didn’t and that is again testament to how this league has progressed. Finally I have some good news... Welcome Back Ollie!! After weeks of being on the sidelines he’s been given the green light to come back and play. It’s an ideal time for us to see how he is, we all know how frustrated he’s been and it’s now time to let the dog off the leash!! Speak Soon
Blackburn Hawks Cup Record
Widnes Wild Cup Record
Played 2 | Won 2 | Drawn 0 | Lost 0 | Points 4
Played 1 | Won 0 | Drawn 0 | Lost 1 | Points 0
BEN SIMISTER (Photo John Milton (eventog.uk)
GOAL CELEBRATION (Photo John Milton (eventog.uk)
Solway Sharks’ late charge for the play offs suffered a setback after their game away at Blackburn on Sunday night had to be postponed. The team coach got stuck in traffic after an accident on the M6 and they couldn’t get to the rink in time. That game has now been re-arranged for 20th March. The weekend had started well for the Sharks as they beat Billingham Stars 4-2 on Sunday night and they are now one of three teams – along with Stars and Sutton - who all have 23 points and are within striking distance of Telford Tigers who currently occupy 4th place. Solway have games in hand over the others in the pack as the two games that were postponed due to the bad weather before Christmas – against Telford and Sutton - are still to be played and will now be played for double points when those teams next visit Dumfries. The Stars had a bad weekend all round as, following that defeat in Scotland, they then lost 1-3 at home to Sutton Sting on Sunday evening. The Sting
outshot their hosts and were 0-2 up at the end of the first period. A consolation goal midway thought the second period gave the Stars some hope but they were finished off by an empty net goal in the dying seconds of the game after as they brought on an extra attacker in search of that elusive equaliser. Solihull Barons extended their safety cushion in 3rd place to 5 points after a 7-5 home win over midlands rivals Telford Tigers. They have 3 games in hand over 2nd place Whitley Warriors but are 13 points adrift so are unlikely to be in the mix for the runners up spot this season. The Warriors picked up a relatively easy 10-1 win over bottom team Sheffield Senators, outshooting the cellar dwellers 86 to 17. Interestingly enough, the Senators actually scored first after just 48 seconds but that was as good as it got for the iceSheffield team. That win moves the Warriors up to within 5 points of leaders Blackburn Hawks – with a game in hand.
11 ICEHOCKEYREVIEW The biggest game in the Laidler Conference saw Altrincham Aces close upon 4th place Blackburn Eagles in what is becoming a fascinating battle for the final play-off spot. The Eagles had a 6 point cushion going into the game and were leading 1-3 at the first break. However the Aces fought back with a 4-2 second period to square the match going into the final third and then made sure of the win with 4 unanswered goals. Top scorer for the Aces was Joe Greaves with 1+3 and former EPL player Jake
Nurse chipped in with 4 assists. The Aces are now 4 points behind the Eagles with both teams having 6 games left to play and the two teams meet in Blackburn for the final game of the season on 27th March. Nottingham Lions continue to be in the running for second place – and a promotion playoff spot – after a 3-0 shutout of Bradford Bulldogs on Sunday night. The night before, Bradford had hauled themselves off the bottom of the table with a 7-4 win over Hull Jets.
Photo: goalmouth action from the Nottingham Lions v Bradford Bulldogs match photo by Peter McConnochie – www.urbanscot.co.uk
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LOOKING BACK AT JIM PENNYCOOK In terms of ice hockey royalty, you can’t get much more regal than Jim Pennycook who arrived to play for the Hawks for the 1995-96 season in HBL1 season. Until the recent league NIHL North title success, that was the Hawks best ever season (finishing second behind Manchester Storm) and their highest ever finishing position in the British ice hockey hierarchy (runners up in the second tier). Before the British League had even Jim Pennycook (in action for Fife Flyers against Dundee started in 1982, Pennycook already had Rockets in the Heineken League Premier Division in 1987 6 seasons of top class ice hockey under (Photo by Ian Alexander) his belt in the tough Northern League playing at first with his hometown Dundee Rockets and then with Murrayfield Racers where he won three NL titles. During this time he won international honours with Scotland and also represented Great Britain at 3 World Championships (4 overall (1977- Denmark, Pool C / 1979 – Spain, Pool C / 1981 – China, Pool C – 23 / 1989 – Belgium, Pool D - 23 games / scoring 7+8). Chic Cottrell – another former GB international (1979 – Spain, Pool C) - spent his whole career at Fife Flyers playing in the Northern League and then the HBL so he knows all the Scottish players from that period really well. He said of Pennycook: I first met Jimmy when I was playing for Fife against Dundee in the old Kingsway rink. We were going into the changing rooms when this wee boy said “Hi mister. Do you play for Fife?” I replied “I do...” He replied “Well, you know, you are getting beat tonight ‘cause the Rockets are the best!!” I played with Jimmy for several years at Fife sometimes in the same line with him and Gordon Latto. I have attached a pic of us winning Wembley playing in that line together. Jimmy’s game was very simple - hard work, fast skating, aggressive fore-check in and a huge desire to win. He always gave 100% plus and never shirked out of a challenge. A good leader on the ice and bench, you never had to guess what Jimmy was thinking as, if he thought someone was slacking, he soon let them know. Jimmy spent a lot of time working on the oil rigs and missed 2 weeks out of 4 but you would never have known as his fitness was superb.
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Injuries - I remember one night in the warm up Jimmy was skating around the back of the net and Andy Linton shot him in the ear with the puck. Jimmy got patched up and played in the game and got it attended to later. Jimmy was an automatic choice when he was available for Scotland and GB teams. He also played in many clubs throughout his career and it was no surprise when he tried his hand at coaching. I am unsure how many years he coached but I think Jimmy would have set the bar high as he always gave 100% he would expect the same from his players. All in all a great guy from a great era in British ice hockey when it was a 3 import league and the rest British players Pennycook arrived at Blackburn for the - now legendary - 1995/96 in HBL1, via spells with Dundee Rockets, Fife Flyers, Tayside Tigers, Solihull Barons, Telford Tigers, Bracknell Bees, Teesside Bombers and Trafford Metros, having spent at least a part of every season since 1983 in the Premier Division. Ian McDade played with him on that team and said of him: Playing with players like Jim Pennycook is very special. Every rink he went to he was coveted and treated with such respect, by fans and players alike. Jim had so much knowledge and would give you subtle hints that would improve your game. I played with him when he turned 40 and he was still one of the better players on the team. A genuinely nice guy too, modest and treated everybody equally. Jim Pennycook made a huge contribution to the Hawks that season â€“ with 8 goals and an amazing 37 assists in 48 league games - and finished the 3rd highest British scorer on the team behind John Haig and Jon Cotton. Proving that he wasnâ€™t just around for the money, he stayed for the following 96/97 season in the lower budget Northern Premier League as player coach and, using his contacts and reputation within the game, was able to attract such players as Neil Abel, Bobby Haig and mid-season addition experienced Canadian Todd Bidner. Jim scored 8+32 in 32 league games and finished 2nd highest British scorer behind Bobby Haig. Attracting
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a steady home support of around 800, the Hawks came 4th of out 7 in the league and then 4th in the Play Off Championship round robin, although Pennycook wasn’t able to ice in the play offs. The 1997-98 season saw Pennycook remain as Player Coach with the Hawks as the Northern Premier League combined with teams from the Southern “Ice Hockey Premier League” in what was to become known as the British National League. The Hawks also had a new name as they tried changing their title to “Lancashire Hawks in bid to attract more of a following from outside their home borough. Unfortunately, the new league setup did not suit the lower budgeted northern teams who often had to play against southern teams with up to 10 overseas players and the Hawks finished 2nd bottom with just 1 from 16 games. In fact, they did just as badly in the separate Northern League competition, winning just 2 of 16 games and ended up bottom of the pile for the first ever time in their history.
The team that Jim built – Blackburn Hawks team 1996/97 season. Back Row (left to right): Mark Johnson, Mike Cockayne (team manager), Billy Price, Ismo Rokala, Craig Sharman, Richard Charles, Lee Colclough, Johan Goransson, Jim Pennycook, Tom Burridge, Patrik Ferlander. Front Row (left to right): Bobby Haig, Danny Higgins, Neil Abel, Colin Downie, Simon Mills (Source: Ice Hockey Annual 1997-98 – Photographer Unknown)
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Despite being almost 41, Pennycook still led the team by example and scored 15+17 in 41 league and playoff games. The following season saw the Hawks playing as “Blackburn” again – this time in the new English League Premier Division which was set up to accommodate teams who still wanted to play import hockey but couldn’t afford the higher costs of playing in the BNL along with the more ambitious of the English League teams. Bobby Haig took over the reins as player coach and began to usher in a new era of giving younger local players a bigger role in the team. Pennycook, however, still had his own - characteristic - leading role to play and took part in 22 league and cup games but that was to be his last season of competitive hockey after an impressive career stretching back some 25 years
Jim Pennycook (right) at the 25th Anniversary Legends game in April 2015, along with Steve Moria, Konrad Tapp and Bobby Haig (Photo supplied by Konrad Tapp)
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PLAYOFF UPDATE Solway Sharks have pulled out the stops and have beaten the Billingham Stars by 4-2 putting the Sharks level on points with a massive four games in hand. Sharks are looking like they will be reserving their place at the playoffs unless they have a miserable run up in the end of the season. Whitley have already booked their place and are hosting Solihull Barons on Saturday, Barons have been the team to watch this season and already have their own eyes set on one of the two remaining playoff spots. Andre Payette is looking forward to catching up with Perry Doyle and there could possibly be some fight action for the crowd. Whitley are often achieving gates of 1000+ supporters and a possible 1500 will be there on Saturday for the expected fireworks. In the mean time Telford Tigers seem to be treading water and have had five losses from their last seven games and will have to have a major shake up to get to Sheffield now. We are still no closer to a prediction as to how the table will ultimately end up. This is probably going to be the most competitive finish to a season yet with any of several teams still able to qualify as it stands. We will be seeing some double point matches coming up after all the snow around Christmas. Just a gentle reminder, if you have been successful in the first ticketing phase, this weekend is your final chance to pay for your play off tickets via Miek. Basically, all those who have paid by the end of the Eagles game on Sunday evening will be included in a block booking request made on the 1st March. If you havenâ€™t paid by Sunday evening we will not be requesting any tickets for you. Miek will be at the Arena tonight during the game and also Sunday during the Eagles game (in the bar). Please search her out if you would like to be included. Teams with their place booked for the playoff finals so far..
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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT JAMES RIDDOCH #28 GP15 G4 A5 TP 9 PIM2
James has been playing with the Hawks for two seasons now and is making his mark with 4 goals and 5 assists already this season. Also helping the Eagles with their playoff push and James is certainly one to watch. Here is a little about our ever smiling forward. My first experience of Ice Hockey was going to watch the Hawks with my brother, I became interested and bought my first ever kit from Alan Amos when I was nine years old. Since then I have played right the way through the junior system at Blackburn. In my junior years I achieved the Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved, Best Forward and Players Player awards. I am currently in my 4th season with Blackburn Eagles, and I am also using the opportunity the Hawks have given me over the last two years to play and train with them every week. I am always looking to improve and develop as a player and I think that playing for the Eagles and Hawks is helping me to do just that. I feel this season has been my best yet. Currently pushing for the playoffs with the Eagles is a great achievement and becoming a more productive player for the Hawks has given me the confidence to push my hockey to the next level. Iâ€™ve had a couple of memorable games this season, firstly getting 3 goals and 2 assists against Bradford earlier this season was a great game for me and also scoring 2 goals for the Hawks against Telford was another. My favorite hockey moment was scoring my first Hawks goal against Solway last year; I went on to score another that same game. My biggest achievement so far would be winning the league and playoffs with the Hawks last year, it was a great experience for me and I am hoping that we will do the same again this year!
Graham Lomax is... R E X I F E TH
raham Lomax is the Media and PR manager for the Hawks. If you broke him in half he would read Blackburn Hawks all the way through the middle. Here are some of his thoughts from the last few weeks.
Some of you may be aware that we’ve had a little trip away last week. Some of the Hawks staff, players and fans went over to see Helsinki, the home of our current import Kim Miettinen, and also our former player Sami Narkia who we caught up with and watched play (more on that later). I’d had one eye on the weather over the past few weeks, and between the eight of us travelling we’d started a chat group for obvious reasons, updates, tickets, etc etc etc, including weather, and most of us dressed accordingly for temperatures that could go to around minus 20 degrees. As we landed we all prepared to disembark with our scarves and big coats all excited at what was in store and awaiting for us, sadly one individual in our group thought it would be a great idea to travel in his Adidas Trainers and ankle socks. Now I’m no Chris Bonnington but as we stood over our colleague as he lay flat on his back at the bottom of the plane steps with his watch in a thousand pieces, I realised that the majority had clearly read all the updates and knew what to expect, sadly one other didn’t and had paid the price by slipping on his backside and bouncing down the last four steps, as I joined him on the transport vehicle to the terminal he was literally licking his wounds, his name………….James Hughes! Please feel free to mock and abuse him accordingly!! On arrival at our lovely hotel, we began the check in process which was the duty of our Cultural Ambassador for the trip Mr Howard Thornton. Unfortunately there was some sort of issue and confusion, we’d been allocated four double rooms and not four twins! Now
Big H as we like to call him (for obvious reasons) stuck out his ample chest and declared that he was the one who had booked this and he would sort it. Up he stepped to the Reception and immediately turned into Steve McLaren, you know the one when he did an interview with a Dutch accent, I book these rooms in DECEMBER!! With Low Cost HOLIDAYS!! Each time the last word went an octave HIGHER!!……..Ha Ha tickled me that and gave me and the boy’s ample ammunition to give it to H (my room mate) for the rest of the trip. This wasn’t the only time he had to get involved either, on Friday morning we went for a walk, we had a look at the national stadium and went to see if we could get a look inside IFK Helsinki’s rink, unfortunately there was another event on, but as normal our spokesman decided he’d try to get in anyway, he did, but him and Oz Phillips were quickly asked to leave! Whilst leaving Howard asked a rather grumpy Steward where the nearest Hockey Shop was, he just pointed North, and we set off walking. After about an hour we stopped at a petrol station, and Howard and Oz asked for directions, and were told that there was no such shop round these parts, and the nearest one was back past the rink from whence we came. So, we headed back through the snow, the lead of party being Howard (of course) Oz and Myself, and everyone else was about 500 yards behind. As we reached the Rink, Howard spotted the Steward who had sent us on a wild Goose chase - it was quite easy really as he was wearing a Bright Hi-vis Jacket. The next thing you heard was H shouting “Oi, You, come here” and H set off towards his prey, Oz in a blind panic was shouting “Howard, Howard, come back”, it was not to be as he had his sights firmly set and he was homing in, at this Oz began to set off into the distance, I myself stood there with a cheeky grin, as I found the whole
situation hilarious! To be honest it’s not the first time I’ve been around something like this as Gary Rogers will testify at “Busgate”. However, I digress. Upon meeting his Nemesis, Howard gave him both barrels in his Steve McLaren accent and accused our Finnish friend of lying to us. I can’t repeat the words he used, but it’s not for children’s ears, at one point arms were raised, and as I wiped away my tears of laughter, Oz had disappeared into the distance and the rest of the gang caught up and we began to discuss what we had all witnessed and waited for the Sirens as we’d surely created an international incident.On the Saturday we’d arranged to go and watch Viikingit (the team we played pre season) and our old friend Sami. We spent some time in a lovely shopping centre killing a few hours prior to the game before heading to the Hockey Rink where on arrival we were given the grand tour. Not a pair of hire skates to be seen, it was a purpose built facility with two pads purely for Hockey, but limited viewing. Sadly Viikingit lost the game 7-2 but the quality on display was amazing. We’d arranged to go to the Local Pub with the team after the game (it would be rude not to) and we all waited for the team and management to emerge as they were providing transport for us the to drinking establishment. We had to wait a while as they lost the game the management held a series of meetings to determine why. However, whilst we waited, our Community Liason Officer Chris Riley asked me where the toilets were, I told him they were at the top of the steps and off he went. Within seconds the management emerged and declared we could all go to the pub now and we ran out into the Wintery Snow and jumped
into three different cars as we sheltered from the Weather. Oz, Aiden and myself just happened to be in Finnish Legend Mika Strombergs BMW and we drifted our way to the Pub, (great fun). I bought the first round (shock horror) and the rest of the gang came running in (or so we thought) shaking the snow from their coats. We’d all been sat down about 20 mins chatting all things Hockey before Ollie’s phone started ringing, he looked at it and said “Chris Riley? Why is Chris calling me?” and turned round to ask Chris himself, you know what’s coming next don’t you?, Yes, we’d left him behind in the toilet in all the confusion! On arrival after Sami went to fetch him he began to explain, he thought we were playing the age old joke of hiding and pretending we’d left him, and therefore he wasn’t prepared to join in and give us the satisfaction, so he sat there waiting, and waiting, and waiting, until he realised! We had actually gone without him and he eventually called for help. All in all, it was a great trip and it was good to catch up with some old friends. who knows what the future holds, we now have some solid contacts and allies in a country that lives and breathes Hockey. We had a few conversations about partnerships with Viikingit and it would seem daft not to explore these avenues, wouldn’t it? Thanks for now…………G
Billingham Blackburn 06-Sep Blackburn Telford 13-Spt Blackburn Sutton 20-Sep Senators Blackburn 03-Oct Blackburn Spartans 04-Oct Spartans Blackburn 10-Oct Blackburn Solway 11-Oct Solway Blackburn 17-Oct Solway Blackburn 31-Oct Blackburn Senators 01-Nov Blackburn Solway 08-Nov Blackburn Solihull 22-Nov Sutton Blackburn 29-Nov Whitley Blackburn 06-Dec Telford Blackburn 12-Dec Blackburn Whitley 13-Dec Blackburn Billingham 19-Dec Whitley Blackburn 20-Dec Solihull Blackburn 27-Dec Blackburn Sutton 03-Jan Spartans Blackburn 09-Jan Blackburn Whitley 10-Jan Solway Blackburn 16-Jan Blackburn Billingham 23-Jan Solihull Blackburn 24-Jan Telford Blackburn 30-Jan Blackburn Spartans 31-Jan Senators Blackburn 06-Feb Blackburn Senators 07-Feb Sutton Blackburn 14-Feb Blackburn Solway 21-Feb Blackburn Widnes 27-Feb Widnes Blackburn 06-Mar Billingham Blackburn 12-Mar Blackburn Telford 13-Mar Blackburn Solway 21-Feb Blackburn Solihull 26-Mar Billingham Blackburn 27-Mar Blackburn Billingham 02-Apr BLUE: Denotes a cup match P: Match Postponed
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Published on Feb 24, 2016