Friday Sept 22 at Breezy Point 7:30 pm
Saturday Sept 23 Breezy Point at Rec Center 7:05 pm
September 22nd and 23rd is the first two game weekend of the season. On Friday, Eric Hoffman’s squad head north to take on the North Stars. Both teams are winless after the first weekend of the season. The Ice Hawks return home for their home opener on Saturday night.
The Breezy Point North Stars are led by first year head coach D.J. Vold. Vold is a Rochester area native (Byron) who previously played with the Ice Hawks. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach with the Granite City Lumberjacks. He is joined by proud dad Jim Vold who serves as his assistant coach and equipment manager. Jim also served as the Ice Hawks equipment manager for several years. In fact, Jim was among the first persons to welcome the Ice Hawks when they first moved to Rochester. Interestingly, the North Stars general manager, Craig Larson also worked with the Ice Hawks as a scout. The Ice Hawks are pleased to welcome our former Ice Hawks personnel and now friendly rivals back home to Rochester.
The Ice Hawks added three players to their roster since their opening game loss in LaCrosse. The three are all defensemen.
Drew Westphal who will wear # 5 is a rookie from Waterloo, IA. He began the season with the Billings Bulls. The former Waterloo Warriors product will join former teammates/friends Jake Beal and Noah Roach on the Ice Hawks roster. Coach Hofmann believes that Westphal is a great pick up for the Ice Hawks.
Connor Parker, Waukesha, WI, previously played with the Northern Cyclones on the East Coast. He was drafted by the Hawks in last summer’s NA3HL draft. The 6’5, 250lb is a 1997 birth year and brings a physical presence and previous Junior hockey experience to the Hawks. He will wear #3. Interestingly, Connor’s older sister, Bridget is a Rochester resident. She will be able to cheer Connor on in person this season.
Daniel Zilber Is an international player who last played for the Israel National team which won the World Jr. Championship in New Zealand. Daniel will wear #6. He has a very interesting personal history. His family immigrated to Israel from Russia. He speaks Russian and is learning English quickly. Ice Hawks staff rely on Google Translate to communicate with the 5’7 150lb defenseman. His USA International Transfer is in process and the Hawks hope that he will be cleared to appear for this weekend’s games.
Other Player Notes-
Jackson Kranebell and Trevor Timm are currently high schoolers who also play on their respective high school football teams. They both miss Ice Hawks Friday night games in order to fulfill their football commitments.
The Ice Hawks released Ryley Cook.
Ice Hawks Merchandise
Fans will notice a major change as they enter Ice Hawks games this season. The Ice Hawks Merchandise tables that were set up near the beer and pizza/chuck a puck area in the past, have been moved to a concession booth at the main entrance.
Stop by to visit Nancy and to see the new t-shirts for the 2017-18 Season as well as the large array of other Ice Hawks items.