JOHNSTOWN – The Johnstown Tomahawks are here to stay.
The Tomahawks have recently reached an agreement with the Cambria County War Memorial Arena that would keep the Tomahawks in Johnstown through the 2021-22 hockey season. The agreement includes a three-year contract between the team and arena, with an option for a three-year extension.
“The Tomahawks ownership, the War Memorial’s Board of Authority and SMG have been actively working on a new deal for over a year in order to reach the best possible and mutually beneficial agreement that would secure the financial viability of both parties for years to come,” War Memorial Arena General Manager Steve St. John said. “It’s time to put this contract behind us and put all the hard work into play. Having the team committed to the community for up to six more years is a milestone for all involved, including the Tomahawks fans, the city of Johnstown and the region overall.”
“The Tomahawks organization has been committed to Johnstown, the War Memorial Arena and its fans since day one. We are proud to be partners with the Cambria County War Memorial Arena and call Johnstown our home,” Team President Richard Bouchard said. “We are excited and humbled to be a part of this community and continue to play a part of its rich hockey history for many years to come.”
The Tomahawks start their fifth anniversary season in the North American Hockey League on Friday, September 9, on the road against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. The home opener at the War Memorial Arena is scheduled for Friday, November 11, versus division rival, the Aston Rebels.
The War Memorial is a 3,500-seat multi-purpose arena that originally opened in October 1950 and was recently awarded the honor of Kraft Hockeyville, USA in 2015.
The Tomahawks franchise relocated from Alaska to Johnstown in the summer of 2012. The team has sent over 40 players to the collegiate level, professional hockey and the NHL, since arriving in Johnstown.
They play 28 home games at the Cambria County War Memorial as part of the NAHL, bringing to the arena dedicated fans from over five different counties in Pennsylvania.
Last season, the Tomahawks as the team made it to the second round of the Robertson Cup playoffs for the first time since relocating to Johnstown.
The NAHL is a Tier II junior hockey league comprised of 24 teams in 12 states across North America. League alumni include Ben Bishop, Patrick Kane and Pittsburgh Penguins forward Phil Kessel.
Fans can purchase full and flex season ticket plans for the 2016-17 season by calling the Tomahawks office at (814) 536-4625 or visit the team office at the War Memorial.