Johnstown Tomahawks - Sports Teams, Clubs

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Johnstown Tomahawks
326 Napoleon St
Suite 115
Johnstown, Pennsylvania 15901Phone: 814.536.4625

About Johnstown Tomahawks

ohnstown has enjoyed a seven-decade love affair with ice hockey, dating back to a short one-year stop at the old Shaffer Ice Palace in 1941 when the late Mayor John A. Conway dropped the first puck between the Johnstown Bluebirds and the New York Rovers of the Eastern Hockey League.

The Blue Birds played only one season (a 34-26 campaign), but hockey would return to Johnstown nine years later – this time at the newly built Cambria County War Memorial. The arena was opened as a tribute to all men and women of Cambria County who wore the uniform in service to their beloved nation. The Johnstown Jets were its first tenant. The Jets enjoyed a 26-year-stay, playing in the Eastern, International and North American Hockey Leagues until their final season in 1977.

The Jets also served as the basis for the fictitious Charlestown Chiefs in the 1977 film “Slap Shot.” The hockey comedy, filmed in Johnstown and at the War Memorial, has remained a cult-classic and a favorite of the hockey community worldwide. The film’s most memorable characters, the rowdy Hanson Brothers, have also remained a significant part of Johnstown’s hockey legacy.

From 1978-80, the Johnstown Wings – changed to the Johnstown Red Wings in their second season – played at the War Memorial, again in the Eastern Hockey League. Hockey returned yet again in 1987-88, when the Johnstown Chiefs were formed to join the All American Hockey League. The Chiefs joined the upstart East Coast Hockey League the next year, and remained in Johnstown until moving in 2010. The Chiefs were the ECHL’s last original franchise when they left.

Johnstown was without a team of its own for two years, despite serving as an alternate home site for ten Wheeling Nailers (ECHL) games each season.

Now, the Tomahawks are poised to begin the next chapter of hockey history in Johnstown. As the city’s first Junior A team, the Tomahawks will bring fast-paced, passionate hockey to a town anxiously awaiting the return of their beloved sport.

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