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Hawk-ey Brothers - Three Sets of Brothers That Have Played For The Tomahawks At The Same Time

Written by: David Nicoletti

It's not everyday you get the opportunity to play on the same team with your very own sibling. This season, the Tomahawks welcomed back Holt Oliphant, and welcomed his younger brother Mack to the roster. But did you know that these two are not the only set of brothers to play together for the Tomahawks? Today, we’re gonna take you on a trip down memory lane, re-introducing you to the other sets of brothers who called Johnstown home.


Our journey starts all the way back to Johnstown’s 2013-14 season, where Mitch Hall (D), and Tommy Hall (F), suited up for the navy, red, and white together. Becoming the first set of brothers to play for the Tomahawks, in only the teams’ second season in the NAHL.

Mitch Hall, a native of St. Cloud, Minnesota, born on January 28th, 1993, was welcomed to Johnstown midway through their inaugural season (2012-13), he was brought over from the Jamestown Ironmen. Finishing up the season with four goals and nine assists in 24 games.

The 5’10” left hand shot returned to the team the following season as their captain. It was then weeks later where the Tomahawks welcomed the second Hall to the family.

Tommy Hall was born on May 29th, 1996, he as well is a native of St. Cloud, Minnesota. Tommy Boy would play 29 games in the Tomahawks uniform, alongside his brother Mitch, tallying five assists.


Tommy returned to the team the following season, while Mitch went on to play for Hamline University, an NCAA Division III school. Hall would only play one game before he was ultimately let go by the Hawks. He finished out the 2014-15 season with the Minnesota Wilderness (NAHL) [31 games - three assists], and Alexandria Blizzard (NA3HL) [10 games - three goals, 10 assists].


Ben and David Schmidling not only came to Johnstown as brothers, but as twins! The two were born on March 10th, 1998 in Hockessin, Delaware. The Hawks would acquire the two in a trade with the Janesville Jets on September 26th, 2017. Both then spent the remaining 2017-18 season in Johnstown.


Ben Schmidling suited up in 52 games for the Hawks, scoring 16 goals and tallying 15 assists. David Schmidling suited up in 46 games for Johnstown, scoring four goals and tallying seven assists.

The two twins were then traded to the Springfield Jr. Blues that offseason for a 2018 NAHL 1st Round Pick.



Our final set of brothers is none other than our current set.

Holt Oliphant is a native of Northbrook, Illinois, born on May 17th, 2001. He came to Johnstown in 2020-21, and in 53 games put up 12 goals and 19 assists. The following season, the 5’11” right handed shot was named captain of the Tomahawks. The same year Johnstown would welcome his young brother Mack to the line up.

Mack Oliphant was born on December 28th, 2002 in Northbrook, Illinois.

So far on the year for the Oliphant’s, Holt has put up three goals and four assists in nine games. He also just recently committed to playing NCAA DI hockey at Air Force Academy for 2022-23.




As for Mack, in nine games, the 6’3” right handed shot has tallied four assists. But there is still plenty of more hockey left to come for Mack and his older brother.



... The Tomahawks could’ve had a fourth set of brothers? That’s right! After the conclusion of the 2013-14 season, the Tomahawks picked up goaltender Ryan Bednard for the 2014-15 season. His brother Shane was on the team the previous season. However, Shane went on to play for the Bloomington Thunder of the USHL. While goalie Ryan was here in Johnstown.

While Shane went on to have a 39 point season (16 goals, 23 assists) with the Thunder, Ryan finished out the 2014-15 season with a 16-16-5 record, a 2.66 GAA, and a .913 SV%, along with a shutout. That off season, Ryan was drafted by the Florida Panthers with the 206th overall pick in round seven of the 2015 NHL Draft.




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