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Pennsylvania is Home

written by: David Nicoletti



Pennsylvania is a state located in the Northeastern, Great Lakes, Appalachian, and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. It’s the 33rd-largest state by area, and the 5th-most populous state according to the most recent official U.S. Census count in 2010.


Additionally, it is the 9th-most densely populated of the 50 states. It is home to some of the toughest working men in the state such as steel workers and commonwealth volunteers.


Johnstown is a city in Cambria County. It was founded in the late 1700’s. Johnstown lays Southwest of Altoona and sixty seven miles East of Pittsburgh. Johnstown has nicknames such as Flood City, Hockeyville, USA and J-Town. My closest friends call it the “Dirty J.”


Johnstown is home to The Johnstown Inclined Plane, Heritage Discovery Center, Johnstown Galleria, Sargent's Stadium, and Cambria County War Memorial.


The Cambria County War Memorial Arena is a 4,000-seat arena that is managed by SMG Entertainment. It was built in 1950, for the Johnstown Jets of the Eastern Hockey League. The arena was built on the site of the Union Cemetery.


The arena was home to four hockey teams. Those teams are The Jets, Red Wings, Chiefs and Wheeling Nailers. It also includes four indoor football teams. Those teams are The Jackals, J-Dogs, Riverhawks, and The Generals. Currently, it is the home to The Johnstown Tomahawks.


The Johnstown Tomahawks are a Tier II junior ice hockey team in the North American Hockey League's East Division. The team was originally The Alaska Avalanche. The Avalanche played out of the Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center in Wasilla until the end of the 2010 season.


The Avalanche moved to Palmer, Alaska beginning in the 2010–11 season and played at the Palmer Ice Arena. The team then relocated to Johnstown, Pennsylvania in 2012, taking the place of the ECHL's Johnstown Chiefs, who moved to Greenville, South Carolina in 2011.


The Tomahawks played their first game on September 8, 2012, against the Port Huron Fighting Falcons and lost 4–3 in overtime. They won their first game in a 6–5 shootout on September 13, 2012, over the Kenai River Brown Bears. The Tomahawks first home game was at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena was played on September 29, 2012 losing 3–2 in a shootout to the Michigan Warriors.


Since the 2012-13 North American Hockey League season, The Tomahawks have welcomed hockey players from around the United States, Canada and Europe. 40 out of all of the 213 players who skate for the Tomahawks in those countries have called Pennsylvania home. If we do the math, that’s almost 20%.

Out of all eight seasons of Tomahawks hockey, they have at least welcomed one Pennsylvanian product to the roster. If we look back at every season at which a player has called Pennsylvania home:





Let’s get an in- depth look at the players and what they did for the Johnstown Tomahawks. Starting with the 2012-13 season, going all the way down to the 2019-20 season, one player at a time. So if you’re ready, here we go!


JOE BENDER - FORWARD - MARS, PA - 2012-13


Joe Bender was selected by the Tomahawks with the 111th overall pick in round number six of the 2012 NAHL Entry Draft. The 5’10” 181 pounder played the previous season with the Pittsburgh Viper Stars 18U AAA of the NAPHL 18U.


  • Played only six games in a Tomahawks uniform. Tailing only one assist and two penalty minutes with a minus two.

He would play his college career at Slippery Rock University of the ACHA. He played 113 total games with the Pride and scored 143 points (51 goals, 92 assists), and 247 penalty minutes.


CODY BENTZEL - DEFENSEMAN - DAUPHIN, PA - 2012-13 to 2013-14



Cody Bentzel came over from the New Jersey Rockets of the ATJHL to Johnstown of the NAHL to start off the 2012-13 season.


  • He would go on to play 50 games his first year in Johnstown and 57 the following year in 2013-14 with the Tomahawks.

  • One of the alternate captains for the Hawks during the 2013-14 season, also becoming the captain for a few games that same year, pretty cool huh.

  • With The Tomahawks, the 6’3” product scored 3 goals, 10 assists, and 124 penalty minutes with a 10.

  • He played 5 playoff games for the Hawks during both the 2012 and 2013 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs. Only to be in the “sin-bin” for 24 minutes and averaging a -5 on the ice.

  • Bentzel would spend his next 4 years playing NCAA Division III hockey at Hamline University. In 105 career games with the Pipers, he scored five goals, 15 assists, and 78 penalty minutes. He currently serves as the Assistant Coach for the team. He was appointed to the position at the start of the 2019-20 season.

CODY BOYD - FORWARD - JOHNSTOWN, PA - 2012-13


Cody Boyd came over from the Bismarck Bobcats to the Tomahawks start off the 2012-13 year in front of his hometown. The 6’3” 205 pound iron man would play in 55 games for the Tomahawks that season. Cody Boyd continues off from what his father, Rick Boyd did with the Chiefs in the early days with his mental toughness and style of play.


  • He scored 4 goals, 5 assists, -5, and was in the box for 143 minutes.

He would then go on to spend the next two seasons with the Coquitlam Express of the BCHL. Scoring 34 points (nine goals, 25 assists) in 92 games with the Express. He won the Fred Page Cup, and the Mowat Cup with Coquitlam in 2013-14. The Express then went on to place 4th in the Western Canada Cup Championship.

Boyd would then spend his days with Canisius College from 2014-15 to 2016-17. He only tallied one assist in 39 games with the Golden Griffins along with 48 penalty minutes and a minus nine. Boyd would win the NCAA (AHA) Regular Season Champion with Canisius in 2016-17.


JON KOSTIAL - FORWARD - MOON TOWNSHIP, PA - 2012-13


Jon Kostial came over from the Pittsburgh Hornets 16U AAA of the T1EHL 16U to play for Johnstown for the 2012-13 year. He only played in five games for the club, averaging a plus one for the Hawks. He would later go on that year to play eight games for the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs of the EmJHL, scoring three goals and five assists with 16 penalty minutes. Consistency? Since it is a sport’s blog I would use numbers instead of numerical words as much as possible.


  • As well as playing 7 games for the Three Rivers Vengeance of the NA3HL. Scoring 1 goal and 1 assist with 6 penalty minutes and a +1.


BRANDON PLATT - FORWARD - PITTSBURGH, PA - 2012-13


Brandon Platt came over from the Aberdeen Wings to Johnstown to start off the 2012-13 season close to home. He played in 3 games coming up scoreless in all of them. Platt was in the box for four minutes and averaging a -1. He would then go on to play for the Texas Tornados for the rest of the season. Scoring 10 points (6 goals, 4 assists) in 33 games.


  • Spent his 4 years of college playing NCAA Division III hockey for Salem State College.

  • Played 80 career games for the Vikings. Scoring 25 goals, 38 assists, and 30 penalty minutes.


COREY SCHAFER - FORWARD - JOHNSTOWN, PA - 2012-13


Corey Schafer was acquired by the Johnstown Tomahawks in a trade with the Wichita Falls Wildcats that sent Kristaps Bazevics for the Johnstown native on January 10th, 2013. The Westmont Hilltop alumni, would then go on to play the rest of the season in his hometown with Cody Body. He played 7 games for the Hawks, trailing only 1 assist, 4 penalty minutes, and an average of -2.


He would then go on to play 2 seasons for the Missoula Maulers of the WSHL. Serving as an alternate captain for both seasons. Schafer played a career 84 games with Missoula, scoring 39 goals, 83 assists, and 227 penalty minutes. He would then go on to spend his college career with the NCAA Division III School of Becker College.


  • In 97 games with the Hawks, he scored 14 goals, 44 assists, and 128 penalty minutes.

  • He would serve his senior campaign with Becker as their Captain.


BOBBY TRITSCHLER - FORWARD - LOWER BURRELL, PA - 2012-13


Bobby Tritschler would come over to Johnstown to begin the 2012-13 season after his time with the Pittsburgh Viper Stars 18U AAA of the NAPHL 18U the previous season. He played in one lone game with the Hawks, only to average a -1. He would spend the rest of the season with the Portland Jr. Pirates of the EJHL, scoring 1 assist and 4 penalty minutes in four games with the team.


Tritschler would then play his college career with the University of Pitt of the ACHA.


  • Playing in 113 games with the Panthers, scoring 40 goals, 57 assists, and 110 penalty minutes.

  • 2 penalty minutes in 1 playoff game in 2017.


COLIN DEAUGUSTINE - GOALTENDER - BURGETTSTOWN, PA - 2013-14


Colin DeAugustine came over from the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite 18U of the T1EHL 18U the previous season to come play for the Tomahawks for the upcoming 2013-14 season. He would play only five games for the Tomahawks that season averaging a 2.99 goals against average and a .875 save percentage.


DeAugustine would then go on to spend the rest of the 2013-14 season as well as two more seasons with the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL. He would play 84 games with the team, averaging a 3.11 goals against average. He would then go on to spend his college year with Mercyhurst University. In 44 games with the Lakers, and would average a 4.07 GAA.


JACOB HOUSTON - DEFENSEMAN - PITTSBURGH, PA 2013-14 TO 2015-16


Jacob Houston came over from the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite 18U of the T1EHL 18U to the Tomahawks in January of 2014 to play the rest of the 2013-14 season with the Hawks. He played four games and tailed 1 assist with -1 average in his four games that year.


The 5’10” defenseman would then spend the whole 2014-15 year in Johnstown. In 52 games that season, he scored two goals, nine assists, 73 penalty minutes, and a -6. He would play three games for the Hawks in 2015-16 tailing one assist, 8 penalty minutes, and a -2.


Houston was traded to the Amarillo Bulls on September 24th, 2015. He would spend 46 games there, scoring 2 goals and 16 assists. He would conclude his 2015-16 season in the USHL playing for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. He played in 6 games and tailing 2 assists.


His four years of college would be with Ohio University of the ACHA. In 126 games, he scored 33 goals, 104 assists, 298 penalty minutes, and a +37. He was named to the ACHA All-Rookie Team in 2016-17 with his 28 points (11 goals, 17 assists) he scored during 33 games his freshman year.


TRISTAN RAMAGE - DEFENSEMAN - EVANS CITY, PA - 2013-14


Tristan Ramage would come over for the Esmark Stars 18U AAA of the NAPHL 18U to play in three games with the Hawks for the 2013-14 season. He was a draft pick for the Tomahawks in 2013 but he would start off his year in Esmark. He went scoreless in all games with two penalty minutes.


Ramage would play for the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite 18U of the T1EHL 18U for 28 games before making his NAHL comeback with the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees for the 2014-15 season. He would then spend the 2015-16 and 2016-17 season with the Philadelphia Flyers Elite of the USPHL Premier.


  • Played in 83 games, scoring 6 goals, 28 assists, and 84 penalty minutes along with 3 playoff games with 2 penalty minutes.

He would then call Manhattan Ville College his home for the next three years playing NCAA Division III hockey. In 63 games, he scored 4 goals, 10 assists, and 63 penalty minutes. Ramage was named the team captain for his junior year in 2019-20.


TREVOR RECKTENWALD - FORWARD - VENETIA, PA - 2013-14 TO 2014-15


Trevor Recktenwald would come over from the Pittsburgh Viper Stars 18U AAA of the NAPHL 18U to start off the 2013-14 year in Johnstown. The Peters Township High alumni, would spend his first season in Johnstown playing 50 games scoring 10 goals, 11 assists, 49 penalty minutes, and a plus two.


He would return to Johnstown for the upcoming 2014-15 season. Where the 6’2” righty would play in 51 games and score 15 goals, 25 assists, 88 penalty minutes, and a -2. In Ferris State University he played in 115 career games with the Bulldogs and scored 11 goals, 16 assists, 73 penalty minutes, and a -18 average.


NICK DESIMONE - GOALTENDER - AMBLER, PA - 2014-15 TO 2015-16


Nick DeSimone joined the Tomahawks roster at the start of the 2014-15 season. He would play the previous season with The Loomis Chaffee School of the USHS-Prep before coming over to the Hawks. The 6’1” goalie would start in five games for the Tomahawks that season tailing a 1.88 goals against average and a .940 save percentage.


After his first stint with the Tomahawks, DeSimone would join the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers 18U AAA of the T1EHL 18U. He continued to bring that same style of play in 16 games for the club putting up a 1.59 GAA and a .934 save percentage. He’d also play in two playoff games and tally a 2.39 goals against average with a .906 save percentage.


DeSimone would return to the Tomahawks lineup for the upcoming 2015-16 season where in 10 games, he put up a 2.57 GAA and a .924 save percentage. On December 11th, 2015, DeSimone was traded to the Bismarck Bobcats in exchange for forward Luke Picek.


DeSimone would play the remainder of the 2015-16 season with the Bobcats. He played in four games and tailed a 2.35 GAA and a .922 save percentage.


ADAM PILEWICZ - DEFENSEMEN - SEWICKLEY, PA - 2014-15 TO 2016-17



Adam Pilewicz started off the 2014-15 season with the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite 18U of the T1EHL 18U and Quaker Valley High of the USHS-PA. After scoring 22 points (9 goals, 13 assists) in 32 games with the Pens Elite, and an impressive 99 points (46 goals, 53 assists) in 20 games with Quaker Valley, Pilewicz was added to the Tomahawks roster near the end of the 2014-15 season.


The 6’1” 200 pound defenseman played one game for the Hawks that season. He came up scoreless and averaged a -1.


The following 2015-16 season would see Pilewicz in a Tomahawks uniform for his first full year.


  • In 52 games, Pilewicz scored five goals, 11 assists, 51 penalty minutes, and a -10 alongside four playoff games during the 2016 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs, but only having four penalty minutes and a minus five.


The 2016-17 season would see Pilewicz being appointed as one of three alternate captains for the Tomahawks that season. With the “A” on his sweater and 56 games played that year, Adam scored four goals, 23 assists, 91 penalty minutes, and an impressive +32 along with three playoff games, but only averaging a -2.


Pilewicz’s college career began in 2017-18, where he committed to playing NCAA Division I hockey at Penn State University. In 19 games with the Nittany Lions, Pilewicz scored 2 goals, 2 assists, 2 penalty minutes, and a +5. He will be going into his senior year for the upcoming 2020-21 NCAA season.


CONNOR ECKENROD - FORWARD - EBENSBURG, PA - 2014-15


Connor EcKenrod would score four points in four games for the Hampton Roads Whalers of the USPHL Elite before coming over to the Tomahawks during the 2014-15 season. The 5’10” forward would go on to play three games for the Tomahawks that season. He would go scoreless in all games and only be in the sin-bin for two minutes.


Eckenrod would then go on to play the rest of the 2014-15 season for the Gloucester Rangers of the CCHL. He would play 28 games for the Rangers and score 3 goals and 6 assists, along with 15 penalty minutes. He would then go on to play four years of NCAA Division III hockey for Western New England University. In all of his four years with the Bears, he would play 82 games and score 3 goals, 14 assists, and 73 penalty minutes.


DALTON HUNTER - FORWARD - GREENSBURG, PA - 2014-15 TO 2016-17


Dalton Hunter was selected with the Tomahawks 1st round pick at 9th overall. He would play the start of the 2014-15 and continue his career in Johnstown for the next two seasons after that. In 40 games for the Hawks during the 2014-15 season. Hunter scored 2 goals 8 assists, 52 penalty minutes, and a -1.


The following 2015-16 season would see his stats improve by a bit. Hunter had 6 goals, 10 assists, in 48 games that season along with 53 penalty minutes and a -18 playing in six playoff games during the 2016 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs. Hunter went scoreless in all six games and averaging a -3.


Hunter would then go into the 2016-17 season starting out with the Youngstown Phantoms for two games before coming back home to play the remainder of the season for the Tomahawks. He played 58 games for the Hawks and scored 30 goals, 31 assists, 63 penalty minutes, and a +35. He played in three games during the 2017 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs and scored 1 goal with 2 penalty minutes with a -1.


Hunter won NAHL (East) Forward of the Year and was named to the NAHL All-East Division Team at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season for his accomplishments. He would then go on to the USHL to play there for the 2017-18 season.


Hunter played two games for the Youngstown Phantoms and then 51 games for the Dubuque Fighting Saints scoring 9 goals and 6 assists, along with 34 penalty minutes, and a -6. He would play five games in the playoffs for Dubuque and score 2 goals, 6 penalty minutes, and a +1.


The 6’3” right winger took to the ice playing NCAA Division I hockey for Mercyhurst University. So far in 66 games with the Lakers, Hunter has scored 18 goals, 27 assists, 55 penalty minutes, and a -14. He will be going into his junior campaign for Mercyhurst for the upcoming 2020-21 season.


LUKE LYNCH - FORWARD - PITTSBURGH, PA - 2014-15 TO 2015-16


Luke Lynch spent the previous season as Captain for the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite 18U of the T1EHL 18U before coming over to Johnstown to play with the Hawks for the next two seasons. He started off his first year in Johnstown playing 56 games for the Hawks scoring 15 goals, seven assists, 94 penalty minutes, and a -10.


His next season however would be his best by far in Johnstown. In 57 games during the 2015-16 season. The 5’11” center scored 29 goals, 27 assists, 116 penalty minutes, and a +17. Along with 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists), 22 penalty minutes, and a -3 in six games during the 2016 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs. Lynch was named to the NAHL All-East Division Team and was the leading scorer for the Hawks that season.


Lynch would then go on to spend his next four years playing NCAA Division I hockey for Robert Morris University. In 155 games with the Colonials, Lynch scored 41 goals, 62 assists, 179 penalty minutes, and a -4. He would even go on to spend his senior year as Captain for the team.


Lynch is about to take the ice for the first time at the professional level for the upcoming 2020-21 season as he signed his first professional contract on July 30th, 2020 with the Wheeling Nailers. The ECHL affiliates of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins.


COLLIN MONTGOMERY - FORWARD - HARLEYSVILLE, PA - 2014-15


Collin Montgomery is a veteran player of the NAHL spending the past two seasons with the Topeka Roadrunners and Wenatchee Wild. He came to Johnstown for a tryout, and made a place for his name on the roster in return.


The 6’3” forward played 46 games in a Tomahawks uniform for the 2014-15 season where he put up one goal, six assists, 123 penalty minutes, and a -4.


He would commit to playing NCAA Division III hockey at Endicott College for the 2015-16 season, but played no games for the Gulls.


ANDREW ROMANO - FORWARD - DREXEL HILL, PA - 2014-15 TO 2015-16


Andrew Romano would come over to the Tomahawks roster at the start of the 2014-15 season and would remain on the team for the current and next season. He would also spend both of those seasons as alternate Captain for the Hawks.


  • The 5’8” forward would play 58 games during the 2014-15 season. Tailing seven goals, 17 assists, 24 penalty minutes and a -14.


For the following 2015-16 season. Romano’s numbers would improve. Playing all 60 games that season and scoring 17 goals, 39 assists, 14 penalty minutes, and a plus eight, he would also score 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists),4 penalty minutes and a -6 in six games during the 2016 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs. He was named to the NAHL All-East Division Team and led the Hawks in scoring.


For State University of New York at Geneseo, he played NCAA Division III hockey for the Knights. In 112 career games for the team, he scored 39 goals, 132 assists, and 34 penalty minutes.





Romano led the NCAA III in assists and points for both the 2018-19 and 2019-20 season.


Romano will be getting ready to take the ice at the professional level for the first time for the upcoming 2020-21 season. He inked a deal with the Maine Mariners of the ECHL; affiliates of the NHL’s New York Rangers.


MITCHELL GIBSON - GOALTENDER - PHOENIXVILLE, PA - 2015-16


Mitchell Gibson strapped on the pads for the Tomahawks for only one game during the 2015-16 season. In his one game with the team, he averaged a 7.00 GAA and a .816 save percentage. He would then go on to spend the rest of the 2015-16 season for the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers 18U AAA of the T1EHL 18U and AYHL 18U. In 25 games for the team, he averaged a 1.72 GAA. Along with three playoff games in 2016 with a 4.51 GAA.


Gibson would continue to play for the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers 18U for the 2016-17. Where his numbers that year fell off just a bit. He would also play one game for Owen J. Roberts High School of the USHS-Prep. He averaged a 2.00 GAA and a .913 save percentage.


He would return to the NAHL for the 2017-18 season to play 43 games for the Lone Star Brahmas. In that time he averaged a 1.59 GAA and a .935 save percentage. Along with eight playoff games during the 2018 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs and averaged a 1.37 GAA and a .950 save percentage.


  • NAHL (South) Goaltender of the Year

  • NAHL (South) Most Valuable Player

  • NAHL Goaltender of the Year

  • NAHL Rookie of the Year

  • Named to the NAHL All-NAHL Team

  • NAHL All-Rookie First Team

  • NAHL All-South Division Rookie Team

  • NAHL All-South Division Team.

On June 23rd, 2018 he was drafted by the Washington Capitals in round four with the 124th overall pick of the 2018 NHL Draft. He would spend the 2018-19 season with the Central Illinois Flying Aces of the USHL where in 43 games, he had a 3.50 goals against average and a .890 save percentage.


He would then go on to play NCAA Division I hockey at Harvard University to start the 2019-20 season. After his freshman year with the Crimson, he played 23 games and averaged a 2.61 GAA and a .916 save percentage. He will go into the sophomore season for the upcoming 2020-21 season.


JORDAN BEISTEL - FORWARD - SOMERSET, PA - 2015-16


Jordan Beistel earned a spot on the Tomahawks roster for the 2015-16 season after a tryout for the team where the Somerset native came off a 56 point (38 goals, 18 assists) 18 game season for the Somerset Golden Eagles. Beistel would go on to play six games for the Tomahawks that season. Where he came up scoreless in all games and had two penalty minutes and averaged a minus one.


He would then spend the rest of the 2015-16 season with the Esmark Stars 18U AAA of the NAPHL 18U and Midget league where in 19 games with the Stars, he scored 2 goals, 3 assists, and 40 penalty minutes.


AUSTIN HEAKINS - FORWARD - MARS, PA - 2015-16


Austin Heakins was a two year veteran in the NAHL as he played two previous seasons with the Aberdeen Wings. Until he attended a tryout for the Tomahawks and made the roster. The 6’4” forward would go on and play 11 games for the Tomahawks during the 2015-16 season where he would score 2 goals, 4 assists, 4 penalty minutes, and a -1.


He was released by the Tomahawks on November 29th, 2015 and would go back to Aberdeen to spend the rest of the year for the Wings where he would play 28 games and score 4 goals, 3 assists, 30 penalty minutes, and a +1.


Heakins would then go on to spend his college career at Ohio University of the ACHA. So far in 43 games with the Bobcats, he scored 13 goals, 29 assists, 94 penalty minutes, and a +12. Along with 2 penalty minutes and a +1 in three playoff games in 2017.


TOMMY HORN - FORWARD - MOUNT LEBANON, PA - 2015-16 TO 2016-17





Tommy Horn as well earned his name on the roster after a tryout with the Johnstown Tomahawks for the 2015-16 season. He would play that season and the next season with the Tomahawks. The Forward would go on to play 48 games during the 2015-16 season where he registered 11 goals, 16 assists, 70 penalty minutes, and a +5. Horn had 2 assists, 4 penalty minutes, and a -3 in six playoff games during the 2016 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs.


The six footer would then play 39 seasons for the Hawks for the upcoming 2016-17 season. He was also appointed as one of the alternate captains for the team that season. During this time, he would go on to score 9 goals, 16 assists, 192 penalty minutes, and a +21 along with 1 assist in three playoff games during the 2017 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs.


He would then go on to spend two years playing NCAA Division III hockey for the State University of New York at Oswego (SUNY-Oswego) where in 17 games for the Lakers, he scored a goal, 3 assists, and 25 penalty minutes.


BRENDAN JAQUAY - FORWARD - LANSDALE, PA - 2015-16


Brendan Jaquay earned his name on the roster after a tryout for the Tomahawks for the 2015-16 season. He’s one of many to come over from the Keystone Ice Miners after their organization folded following the 2014-15 season.


The 6’2” Forward would go on to play 54 games that season for the Tomahawks. Where he scored 10 goals, 22 assists, 31 penalty minutes, and a plus one. Along with a goal, four penalty minutes, and a minus two in six games during the 2016 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs.


JAKE MCDONOUGH - FORWARD - DOYLESTOWN, PA - 2015-16


Jake McDonough was selected by the Tomahawks in round four with the 75th overall pick during the 2015 NAHL Entry Draft. He would go on to spend four games with the Tomahawks during the 2015-16 season where he came up scoreless in all games, and only registered two penalty minutes as well as a -2 average.


McDonough would then spend 14 games for La Salle College High of the USHS-PA scoring 9 goals, 6 assists, and 46 penalty minutes. He would also spend 34 games for the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers 18U AAA of the T1EHL 18U and AYHL 18U where he scored 6 goals, 5 assists, and 24 penalty minutes. McDonough scored a goal and assist as well as 4 penalty minutes in 6 games during the playoffs.


He would continue to spend the 2016-17 season for both the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers 18U AAA and La Salle College High where his numbers improved from last season. McDonough would make his NAHL return during the 2017-18 season playing in four games for the Corpus Christi Ice Rays scoring 1 assists, and averaging a -1. He would then spend the rest of the season for the New Hampshire Avalanche of the EHL where in 31 games, he scored 5 goals, 9 assists, and 32 penalty minutes.


McDonough would spend the 2018-19 season as Captain for the New Jersey 87's of the EHL where he scored 11 goals, 23 assists, and 64 penalty minutes in 42 regular season games. McDonough had four penalty minutes in three playoff games during the 2019 EHL Playoffs.


He would then go on to play NCAA Division III hockey for Manhattanville College where he has completed his freshman year for the Valiants. He played 22 games and scoring 2 goals and 3 assists with 12 penalty minutes. His sophomore season will be next for the upcoming 2020-21 season.


ANTHONY PARRUCCI - FORWARD - GIBSONIA, PA - 2015-16


Anthony Parrucci played the previous season for the Michigan Warriors before coming over to the Tomahawks for the start of the 2015-16 season. He would go on to play 59 games for the Hawks in 2015-16, scoring 10 goals, 13 assists, 93 penalty minutes, and a -1. He had 3 goals, 1 assist, 2 penalty minutes, and a -1 in six playoff games during the 2016 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs.


Parrucci would then go on to play four year of NCAA Division III hockey for Elmira College. He spent his sophomore and junior years as one of the team's alternate captains. He spent his senior season as Captain for the Soaring Eagles. In 106 games with Elmira, he scored 26 goals, 25 assists, and 127 penalty minutes.


He would then go on to spend the rest of the 2019-20 season with the Pensacola Ice Flyers of the SPHL his first professional team in his career. He played in four games and tallied 1 assist with a +2 average.


TIERNAN SENINGEN - FORWARD - LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA - 2015-16 TO 2016-17


Tiernan Seningen would come over to the Tomahawks from the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers 18U AAA of the T1EHL 18U and AYHL 18U to start the 2015-16 season with Johnstown. The 5’8” 170 pounder would go on to play 41 games for the Hawks for the 2015-16 year. Scoring a goal and 5 assists, along with 30 penalty minutes and a -20. As well as a -1 average in two playoff games during the 2016 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs.


The following 2016-17 season would see Seningen in a Hawks uniform for 19 games. Seningen would score 1 goal, 3 assists, 33 penalty minutes, and a +2.


On November 25th, 2016, Tiernan Seningen was released from the Tomahawks. He would spend the rest of the year and upcoming year with the New Jersey Junior Titans. In 2016-17, Seningen played in 21 games and scored 2 goals, 5 assists, and 43 penalty minutes. He spent the beginning of the 2017-18 season with the Titans for 6 games, tailing 1 goal, 4 penalty minutes and a +1.


After his stint with New Jersey came to a close he would go on to play ACHA college hockey for West Chester University. In 64 games with the Golden Rams, he scored 46 goals, 55 assists, and 124 penalty minutes. His 2020-21 season would be his senior year with the University.


DREW HOTTE - GOALTENDER - GWYNEDD, PA - 2016-17



Drew Hotte was drafted in the first round of the 2016 NAHL Entry Draft 13th overall by the Johnstown Tomahawks. The 6’1” goalie would suit up in 38 games for the 2016-17 season. Hotte registered a 2.43 GAA and a .913 save percentage.


He would go on to start all three games during the playoff for the Tomahawks during the 2017 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs where he would have a 2.00 goals against average and a .924 save percentage.


Hotte would then go on to play NCAA Division III hockey with Tufts University. In 34 games with the Jumbos, he has a 3.34 goals against average Hotte’s senior season is around the corner for the upcoming 2020-21 season.


ANDY IEHLE - DEFENSEMAN - HATBORO, PA - 2016-17 TO 2017-18


Andy Iehle spent his previous season with the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers 18U AAA of the T1EHL 18U and AYHL 18U before coming over to the Tomahawks to start the 2016-17 season. The 6’0” 190 pound defenseman took to the ice for 50 games during the 2016-17 Tomahawks season.


He scored 6 goals, 9 assists, 82 penalty minutes, and a +14. During the 2017 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs Iehle had a goal and 2 penalty minutes for three playoff games. He was named to the NAHL All-East Division Rookie Team for his accomplishments.


On October 11th, 2017, Andy Iehle was traded from Johnstown to the Philadelphia Rebels for a tender. He never played a game for the Rebels. He was brought back to the Hawks two days later after the trade.


Iehle would spend 10 more games for the Tomahawks for the 2017-18 season. He tallied 2 assists, 8 penalty minutes, and a -7. On October 19th, 2017, Iehle was released from the Johnstown Tomahawks never to play another hockey game again.


ROMAN KRAEMER - FORWARD - PITTSBURGH, PA - 2016-17 TO 2018-19


Roman Kraemer would start off the 2016-17 season with the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite 18U of the T1EHL 18U and 18U AAA before coming over to the Johnstown Tomahawks near the end of the season.


The 5’10” Forward skated in six games for Johnstown in 2016-17, he scored a goal, 3 assists, 2 penalty minutes and a +3. During three playoff games during the 2017 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs he tallied two assists and a plus one.


Kraemer would go on to play the whole 2017-18 season with the Tomahawks he played 59 games for the team and scored 21 goals, 17 assists, 59 penalty minutes, and a -10. He was named to the NAHL All-East Division Rookie Team at the conclusion of the season for his accomplishments.


Kramer would go on to start the 2018-19 season in the USHL for the Youngstown Phantoms. He was drafted in round six, 89th overall by the Phantoms in the 2018 USHL Draft. After nine games with 3 points (t2 goals, 1 assist). Kraemer rejoined the Tomahawks and played the rest of the 2018-19 season with the team.

In his return to Johnstown, Kraemer scored 12 goals, 25 assists, 54 penalty minutes, and a +17. He took part in 13 playoff games during the 2019 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs. He scored 7 goals, 6 assists, 12 penalty minutes and +5 average.


Roman was committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for Robert Morris University. In 31 games for the Colonials, he’s put up 3 goals and 3 assists. He also had 16 penalty minutes and a -3 average.


PATRICK O’NEAL - FORWARD - INDIANA, PA - 2016-17


Patrick O’Neal started off the 2016-17 season in a Tomahawks uniform. He played in only two games for the team and was scoreless in both games before playing for the Esmark Stars 18U AAA and Indiana Area High for the remainder of the season.


In Indiana Area High, O’Neal played 19 games and scored 37 goals, 39 assists, and 52 penalty minutes. With a side of four playoff games scoring seven goals, six assists, and 22 penalty minutes.


With the Esmark Stars 18U AAA, O’Neal scored 27 goals, 43 assists, and 90 penalty minutes. He scored 2 assists and 6 penalty minutes in four playoff games in 2017. O’Neal would play the 2017-18 season up north with the Hawkesbury Hawks of the CCHL. In 52 games, O’Neal scored 6 goals, 4 assists, and 16 penalty minutes.


Additionally, O’Neal would play four games with the Northern Cyclones of the NCDC and tally 1 assist with 2 penalty minutes before spending the rest of the 2018-19 season with Seahawks Hockey of the EHL. In 41 games for the Seahawks, O’Neal scored 22 goals, 22 assists, and 80 penalty minutes. He had 2 penalty minutes in two playoff games in 2018.


O’Neal would later return to the Seahawks lineup for the 2019-20 season. He spent the whole season with the team playing 46 games scoring 23 goals, 28 assists, and 43 penalty minutes. During the 2020 playoffs he scored a goal and had 8 penalty minutes. O’Neal is now set to play NCAA Division III hockey for Norwich University at the start of the 2020-21 season.


DONOVAN OTT - FORWARD - LEBANON, PA - 2016-17 TO 2017-18



Donovan Ott was the Tomahawks second round pick, as they took Ott 28th overall in the 2016 NAHL Entry Draft. Ott however played two games with the Tri-City Storm of the USHL before coming to Johnstown for the 2016-17 season.


The 6’1” right winger suited up in 57 games for the Hawks in 2016-17. Where he put up 32 goals, 25 assists, 112 penalty minutes, and a +22. He took part in three games during the 2017 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs. Ott only managed to record two penalty minutes and a minus two average.


For the 2017-18 season, Ott was drafted in round two, 28th overall by the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the 2017 USHL Entry Draft. He spent 6 games for the club and averaged a -2.


He would then return to the Tomahawks mid-season to play in 17 games. In that time, he scored 7 goals, eight assists, 38 penalty minutes, and a -1.


After a stint with both teams to start off the 2017-18 season. Donovan Ott committed to playing NCAA Division I hockey for RPI (Rensselaer Polytech Institute). There is where he would play the remainder of the 2017-18 year. In 13 games, he scored 3 goals, 1 assist, 4 penalty minutes, and a -9.


He would come back to play for the Engineers for the entire 2018-19 season. Where he played in 24 games and scored 2 goals, 2 assists, 6 penalty minutes, and a -6.


He would then transfer to play NCAA Division III hockey at Utica College for the 2019-20 season. Where in 29 games for the Pioneers, Ott racked up 11 goals, 18 assists, and 10 penalty minutes for the team that season.


ALEX SINGLEY - FORWARD - LATROBE, PA - 2016-17 TO 2017-18


Alex Singley was drafted 325th overall by the Tomahawks in round 14 of the 2016 NAHL Entry Draft. He would play three games with Greater Latrobe High and two games with the Esmark Stars 18U AAA before he got his chance to play for the Tomahawks in 2016-17.


The 6’2” forward would then go on to play 42 games for the Hawks that season. Where he put up 2 goals, 2 assists, 10 penalty minutes, and a -8. Along with a -1 average in one playoff game during the 2017 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs.


Singley would return to the lineup for seven games in 2017-18 where he put up a goal and a -3 average. He would then return to play for the Esmark Stars for the remainder of the 2017-18 season where in 43 games, Singley registered 8 goals, 18 assists, 12 penalty minutes, and a +6.


He also played in five playoff games in 2018 with Esmark and scored a goal and an assist. He won the NAPHL 18U Champion with the team that season. He would then go on to play college hockey in the ACHA with Ohio University. Singley has played 53 games and scored 2 goals, 9 assists, and 23 penalty minutes along with 1 assist in two playoff games in 2019.


LOGAN STORK - FORWARD - PITTSBURGH, PA - 2016-17 TO 2017-18



Logan Stork was traded from the Minnesota Wilderness to the Johnstown Tomahawks on November 22nd, 2016. He would spend the rest of the 2016-17 year for the Hawks. Stork played in 37 games for the Hawks that season, and tailed 12 goals, 7 assists, 24 penalty minutes, and a +10. Stork had 4 penalty minutes and a -2 average in three playoff games during the 2017 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs.


Stork would start off the 2017-18 year with the Tomahawks. He would play 11 games scoring o goal, 2 assists, 25 penalty minutes, and a -9 average before getting released by the Tomahawks on October 19th, 2017. He would play out the rest of the 2017-18 season in the NCDC with the New Jersey Hitmen playing in 22 games and scoring 3 goals, 6 assists, and 20 penalty minutes.


CHRIS CONWAY - DEFENSEMAN - BETHEL PARK, PA - 2017-18


Chris Conway, a 6’2” 200 pound Defenseman took to the ice for the Tomahawks in one games during the 2017-18 season. He went scoreless and registered a -1 average. Conway would take to the ice in 2018-19 for the Amarillo Bulls. He played four games, scored 1 goal, and averaged a +3.


CARTER DWYER - DEFENSEMAN - EXTON, PA - 2017-18 TO 2018-19


Carter Dwyer was an eighth round pick for the Tomahawks during the 2017 NAHL Entry Draft. Dwyer was the 183rd overall draft pick. The 6’3” Defenseman would then go on to play 35 games for the Hawks during the 2017-18 season where Dwyer scored 1 goal, 6 assists, 45 penalty minutes, and a -1.


He would then spend the 2018-19 season with the Tomahawks as one of their alternate captains for the season. In 32 games during the year, the Defenseman scored 4 goals, 9 assists, 50 penalty minutes, and a +6. Dwyer had 1 assist, 12 penalty minutes, and a +1 for 13 games during the 2019 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs.


He would then go on in 2019-20 and commit to play NCAA Division I hockey for Bentley University, but played no games for the Falcons. As of 2020-21, Dwyer has transferred to play NCAA Division III hockey for Hamilton College.


ANTHONY SZURLEJ - DEFENSEMAN - McKEES ROCKS, PA - 2017-18 TO 2018-19


Anthony Szurlej would play 13 games for the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies 18U AAA of the HPHL 18U before coming over to the Tomahawks to play for the 2017-18 season. He suited up for the Hawks in 17 games that year, tailing 3 assists, 10 penalty minutes, and a -1.


Szurlei would return to the Tomahawks lineup for the 2018-19 season and play 12 games. In those games he tallied 2 assists, 4 penalty minutes, and a -2. He would then be released by the Tomahawks on December 11th, 2018 and was added three days later to the Brookings Blizzard roster. There he would play 32 games scoring a goal and 6 assists with 46 penalty minutes and a -2.


He also played three games with the South Shore Kings in 2018-19 and tallied 1 assist with 6 penalty minutes. Szurlej returned to the Blizzard lineup for the 2019-20 season as they relocated to play in St. Cloud, Minnesota. In eight games for the St Cloud Blizzard, he scored 1 goal, 6 penalty minutes, and a +1 average.


He was released by the Blizzard in October and would go on to spend the rest of the 2019-20 season with the Janesville Jets. In 40 games for the Jets, he scored 3 goals, 5 assists, 47 penalty minutes, and a +2 average for the team.


CHRISTIAN GORSCAK - FORWARD - JEANNETTE, PA - 2017-18 TO 2019-20


Chritian Gorscak came over to the Johnstown Tomahawks for the start of the 2017-18 season after playing the previous season putting up big numbers with the Esmark Stars 16U AAA leading them to a NAPHL 16U Championship. He also spent 15 games for Hempfield Area High the previous season as well.


The 5’10 forward then went on to suit up in 49 games during the 2017-18 year. Gorscak went on to score 7 goals, and 6 assists, with 6 penalty minutes and a -7. The next season in 2018-19, Gorscak played in 55 games for the Hawks and scored 10 goals, 14 assists, with 14 penalty minutes and a +11. During the 2019 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs with 13 playoff games Gorscak scored 2 goals and 2 assists with a -3 average.


The upcoming 2019-20 would see Gorscak improve big in his numbers. In 51 games he scored 25 goals, and 39 assists, with 12 penalty minutes and a +29. He led the NAHL in points with 64. Gorscak was named to the NAHL All-East Division Team and NAHL All-NAHL Team.


Gorscak won NAHL (East) Forward of the Year, NAHL (East) Most Valuable Player, NAHL Forward of the Year, and NAHL Most Valuable Player awards. He has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey with Niagara University. He intends to go and play for the Purple Eagles to start off the 2020-21 season. He has one more year left of junior hockey eligibility.


ALEX WILKINS - DEFENSEMAN - KENNETT SQUARE, PA - 2018-19


Alex Wilkins was taken by the Tomahawks with the 53rd overall pick in round three of the 2018 NAHL Entry Draft. He would go on to play 56 games with the Tomahawks in 2018-19 and score five goals, 25 assists, with 26 penalty minutes, and a +9. During the 13 playoff games during the 2019 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs, Wilkins would tail 4 assists, 8 penalty minutes, and a +3 average.


He would then go on and commit to playing NCAA Division III hockey with the State University of New York at Geneseo where in his freshman year, he played in 26 games for the Knights. He scored a goal, 2 assists, and 4 penalty minutes.


NICK MARTINO - FORWARD - GLENOLDEN, PA - 2018-19 TO 2019-20


Nick Martino was added to the roster during the late moments of the 2018-19 season after spending some time with both the Virtua Hockey 18U AAA of the AYHL 18U and Malvern Prep of the USHS-PA. He took to the ice for one game for the Tomahawks during the 2018-19 season coming up scoreless in his lone game.


Martino returned to the ice for Johnstown to begin the 2019-20 season for the team. He played in 7 games and scored 1 goal, with 2 penalty minutes. He was released by the Tomahawks on October 10th, 2019 and played the rest of the 2019-20 season with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks of the BCHL. In 42 games with the Silverback, the 5’8” Forward scored 4 goals, 9 assists, and 23 penalty minutes.


RYAN POORMAN - DEFENSEMAN - PHOENIXVILLE, PA - 2019-20


Ryan Poorman was added to the Johnstown Tomahawks roster on January 10th, 2020 after beginning the 2019-20 season for the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL for 18 games. In 16 games for the Hawks that season, he scored 1 goal, 4 assists, 10 penalty minutes, and a +4.


Out of all these former and current Tomahawk players, let us not forget the sacrifices they’ve all had to make to get them to be playing in front of the War Memorial crowd. Let us also not forget everything that these players have done in a Tomahawks uniform throughout their time.


Whether it was good or bad, the best or the worst these players will always leave a mark on Tomahawks hockey and its history.


As seasons open and close and players come and go we look forward to welcoming more players into the Tomahawks roster wherever they may come from. Hopefully one day they lead us to that first championship ring.


Its fun playing Tomahawks hockey in front of a crowd full of cheerful screaming fans in the War Memorial Arena, but playing for the Tomahawks in your hometown is something that seems like an extra special feeling.

If you enjoyed reading this, make sure you read our other articles here on hawks-daily.com. Also, tell me who your favorite Pennsylvania player was for the Johnstown Tomahawks. No matter if it is a former player or a current player, let me know who you like.


Thank you so much for reading this article and “Let’s Go Hawks!”










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