Hamilton Steelhawks return to Mountain Arena

Community Jun 02, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

The Hamilton Steelhawks will be back at the Dave Andreychuk-Mountain Arena this fall.

But unlike the former junior team that played out of the Hester Street rink for a season and a half while Copps Coliseum (now First Ontario Centre) was being built in the mid ‘80s, the Steelhawks’ name has been brought back by the city’s new senior AAA hockey franchise.

“We really wanted to come out and hit the ground running and identify with the community to make it feel like it’s their hometown team,” said Steelhawks’ co-owner and general manager Jason Daleo.

He said the franchise has obtained permission from former Steelhawks’ officials Jack Robillard and Peter Ham to use the former junior club’s name, colours and logo.

The franchise name was unveiled at the Dave Andreychuk-Mountain Arena this morning (Tuesday).

Former Steelhawk and Hamilton Junior Bulldogs minor hockey coach Jason Soules is the bench boss of the new club.

Soules said coaching adults rather than youngsters is a welcome challenge.

“It’s going to be a good challenge for me understanding better player management and bench management than I’m used to in minor hockey,” said Soules who is hoping the team can recruit a good mix of young and experienced players. “There’s a lot of players that I’ve been involved with in the past few years that have finished OUAA hockey or junior hockey in the area that have already expressed some interest (in playing for the Steelhawks).”

The Steelhawks also announced their first player signing.

Former Hamilton Bulldog Jason Ward, who spent 20 seasons in the NHL, AHL and Europe, will be wearing a Steelhawks sweater next season.

Ward had been retired from hockey for a couple of years when he joined the senior hockey Dundas Real McCoys last season.

 

Hamilton Steelhawks return to Mountain Arena

New senior club takes name of former OHL team

Community Jun 02, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

The Hamilton Steelhawks will be back at the Dave Andreychuk-Mountain Arena this fall.

But unlike the former junior team that played out of the Hester Street rink for a season and a half while Copps Coliseum (now First Ontario Centre) was being built in the mid ‘80s, the Steelhawks’ name has been brought back by the city’s new senior AAA hockey franchise.

“We really wanted to come out and hit the ground running and identify with the community to make it feel like it’s their hometown team,” said Steelhawks’ co-owner and general manager Jason Daleo.

He said the franchise has obtained permission from former Steelhawks’ officials Jack Robillard and Peter Ham to use the former junior club’s name, colours and logo.

The franchise name was unveiled at the Dave Andreychuk-Mountain Arena this morning (Tuesday).

Former Steelhawk and Hamilton Junior Bulldogs minor hockey coach Jason Soules is the bench boss of the new club.

Soules said coaching adults rather than youngsters is a welcome challenge.

“It’s going to be a good challenge for me understanding better player management and bench management than I’m used to in minor hockey,” said Soules who is hoping the team can recruit a good mix of young and experienced players. “There’s a lot of players that I’ve been involved with in the past few years that have finished OUAA hockey or junior hockey in the area that have already expressed some interest (in playing for the Steelhawks).”

The Steelhawks also announced their first player signing.

Former Hamilton Bulldog Jason Ward, who spent 20 seasons in the NHL, AHL and Europe, will be wearing a Steelhawks sweater next season.

Ward had been retired from hockey for a couple of years when he joined the senior hockey Dundas Real McCoys last season.

 

Hamilton Steelhawks return to Mountain Arena

New senior club takes name of former OHL team

Community Jun 02, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

The Hamilton Steelhawks will be back at the Dave Andreychuk-Mountain Arena this fall.

But unlike the former junior team that played out of the Hester Street rink for a season and a half while Copps Coliseum (now First Ontario Centre) was being built in the mid ‘80s, the Steelhawks’ name has been brought back by the city’s new senior AAA hockey franchise.

“We really wanted to come out and hit the ground running and identify with the community to make it feel like it’s their hometown team,” said Steelhawks’ co-owner and general manager Jason Daleo.

He said the franchise has obtained permission from former Steelhawks’ officials Jack Robillard and Peter Ham to use the former junior club’s name, colours and logo.

The franchise name was unveiled at the Dave Andreychuk-Mountain Arena this morning (Tuesday).

Former Steelhawk and Hamilton Junior Bulldogs minor hockey coach Jason Soules is the bench boss of the new club.

Soules said coaching adults rather than youngsters is a welcome challenge.

“It’s going to be a good challenge for me understanding better player management and bench management than I’m used to in minor hockey,” said Soules who is hoping the team can recruit a good mix of young and experienced players. “There’s a lot of players that I’ve been involved with in the past few years that have finished OUAA hockey or junior hockey in the area that have already expressed some interest (in playing for the Steelhawks).”

The Steelhawks also announced their first player signing.

Former Hamilton Bulldog Jason Ward, who spent 20 seasons in the NHL, AHL and Europe, will be wearing a Steelhawks sweater next season.

Ward had been retired from hockey for a couple of years when he joined the senior hockey Dundas Real McCoys last season.