Tomahawks Name Oliphant as 2021-22 Captain

Sep 7, 2021

The Johnstown Tomahawks are proud to announce forward Holt Oliphant as captain for the 2021-22 season.

The Northbrook, Illinois native accounted for 31 points (12G, 19A) in 53 games with the Tomahawks last season and was awarded the team’s Unsung Hero of the year award for his presence on the ice and off the scoresheet.

“It truly is an honor to be named captain,” said Oliphant upon learning he would be wearing the ‘C’ this season. “Johnstown has such a rich hockey history and has had so many great captains before me. It’s something I take pride in being a part of.”

Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia stated naming Oliphant captain for the 10th anniversary season was a “no brainer”.

“He embodies the type of player we want to have on our team, as well as the type of person,” said Letizia. “His work ethic speaks for itself, and his character is exceptional. The thing with Holt is he just does things right. We couldn’t be more excited to have him lead our team this season.”

Despite the disappointing first-round exit in the Robertson Cup Playoffs last season, Oliphant is looking ahead to not letting what happened last season happen again.

“The biggest thing for me is trying to lead by example,” said Oliphant. “We want to be the hardest working team in the NAHL this year and we want other teams to hate playing against us. As captain I need to bring that intensity every time we hit the ice and every time we’re in the gym. We have a great group of guys here and I’m looking forward to our first game together.”

Oliphant and the Tomahawks begin their season in just over a week at the NAHL Showcase in Blaine, Minnesota as they are set to face off against the Aberdeen Wings for their first of four showcase games on September 15. Division play begins for the Tomahawks on September 24 in Massachusetts when the Tomahawks hit the ice against the Northeast Generals, followed by the home opener at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA on Saturday, October 2 against the Maryland Black Bears.

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