Johnstown Tomahawks

The Johnstown Tomahawks are a Tier II junior ice hockey team in the North American Hockey League's East Division. The team plays its home games at the 1st Summit Bank Arena at Cambria County War Memorial in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

Johnstown Tomahawks
CityJohnstown, Pennsylvania
Home arena1st Summit Bank Arena
ColorsNavy, red, and white
Owner(s)Johnstown Hockey Group LLC.
(James P. Bouchard - majority owner)[1]
Head coachMike Letizia (2014–present)
MediaThe Tribune-Democrat, FastHockeyTheTomablog
Franchise history
1990–1991Dearborn Magic
1991–1994Michigan Nationals
1994–1996Dearborn Heights Nationals
1996–2001St. Louis Sting
2001–2005Springfield Spirit
2005–2006Wasilla Spirit
2006–2012Alaska Avalanche
2012–presentJohnstown Tomahawks


The franchise was originally called the Dearborn Magic, Michigan Nationals, and the Dearborn Heights Nationals when the team played in Dearborn, Michigan.[2] before moving and becoming St. Louis Sting in 1996. In 2001, the Sting moved to Springfield, Missouri as the Springfield Spirit. In 2005, they moved to Wasilla, Alaska as the Wasilla Spirit, only to re-brand themselves as the Alaska Avalanche the next season. The Avalanche played out of the Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center in Wasilla until the end of the 2009–10 season. The Avalanche moved to Palmer, Alaska beginning in the 2010–11 season and played at the Palmer Ice Arena.[3][4]

The team relocated to Johnstown, Pennsylvania in 2012, taking the place of the ECHL's Johnstown Chiefs, who moved to Greenville, South Carolina in 2011. They became known as the Johnstown Tomahawks [5][6]

The Tomahawks played their first game on September 8, 2012 against the Port Huron Fighting Falcons. They would fall 4-3 in overtime. They would earn their first win, a 6-5 shootout victory on September 13, 2012 over the Kenai River Brown Bears. Their first home game in Johnstown was played on September 29, 2012 at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena in which the Tomahawks fell 3-2 in a shootout to the Michigan Warriors.

Season-by-season records

Note: as of conclusion of 2018–19 season[7][8]

St. Louis Sting
1996–97468380161232488th, NAHL
1997–985623321471882371,7187th, NAHL
1998–995634166742111801,6113rd, NAHL
1999–005618353391642301,6055th, NAHL
2000–015615365351702632,0345th, NAHL
Springfield Spirit
2001–025623294501822221,5333rd, West
2002–035615365351292401,6895th, West
2003–045613394301532591,8037th, South
2004–055620297471441881,0276th, SouthDid not qualify
Wasilla Spirit
2005–065623332481331871,3074th, WestLost 1st Round, 2–3 vs. Fairbanks Ice Dogs
Alaska Avalanche
2006–076216397391482421,6996th, SouthDid not qualify
2007–085816384361582701,2515th, SouthDid not qualify
2008–095823305511722241,5053rd, WestLost 1st Round, 1–3 vs. Wenatchee Wild
2009–105832197711981781,3932nd, WestLost 1st Round, 0–3 vs. Fairbanks Ice Dogs
2010–115832224681931731,4793rd, WestLost Div. Semifinals, 0–3 vs. Wenatchee Wild
2011–126035196761921731,1613rd, WestLost Div. Semifinals, 2–3 vs. Wenatchee Wild
Johnstown Tomahawks
2012–13602721126617917113435th, NorthLost Play-In Series, 1–2 vs. Port Huron Fighting Falcons
2013–1460282756116718111304th, NorthLost Div. Semifinals, 0–3 vs. Port Huron Fighting Falcons
2014–1560252785816619111675th, NorthDid not qualify
2015–1660312456719720015023rd of 4, East Div.
12th of 22, NAHL
Won Div. Semifinals, 3–0 vs. New Jersey Titans
Lost Div. Finals, 0–3 vs. Aston Rebels
2016–1760401648420914815022nd of 5, East Div.
4th of 24, NAHL
Lost Div. Semifinals, 0–3 vs. New Jersey Titans
2017–1860233345014219511365th of 5, East Div.
20th of 23, NAHL
Did not qualify
2018–196047949824515010691st of 6, East Div.
1st of 24, NAHL
Won Div. Semifinals, 3–2 vs. Northeast Generals
Won Div. Finals, 3–2 vs. New Jersey Titans
Lost Robertson Cup Semifinals, 1–2 vs. Fairbanks Ice Dogs


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