Tomahawks Hockey Giving Back to Essential Workers
As many of us in the community know, the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed pause on all sporting events and seasons. Opening day for many baseball teams has not yet happened, basketball fans have missed out on March Madness, amongst many others who have not had the chance to see their favorite teams in action. Sadly, this is also true for the Johnstown Tomahawks hockey team. With their season cut short, they are encouraging season tickets holders and others to donate to those health care workers who are on the frontlines, battling this pandemic.
Tomahawks Hockey has both single-game ticket purchase and season ticket purchase, but with the COVID-19 pandemic not allowing the proceeding of games, the team and owner have decided to put forth a generous effort to helps those who are working to flatten the curve of the virus. “For many of us that enjoy hockey, there’s nothing more normal then sitting in the arena and watching a hockey game,” says Craig Saylor, Minority Owner of the Johnstown Tomahawks. But with the stay at home mandate issued by Governor Wolf, that normalcy was going to have to wait.
They were partway through their season, holding second place in their division, with a number of away and home games remaining. The team hoped to be able to go to the N.A.H.L. playoffs. Mike Letizia, Head Coach of the Johnstown Tomahawks, talked about how they had a goal set to finish the season. “You know for our team we obviously had aspirations that we could return to the Robertson Cup. We felt very strongly that we were going to be able to do so and obviously our guys who were in our last season in Johnstown with the Tomahawks, it’s tough to see it end like that.” They are remaining optimistic though, with this new idea to support the community’s health care workers.
“Ticket holders can donate the balance of their season tickets in value and the Tomahawks would then, in turn, provide vouchers to healthcare workers in the two organizations that currently sponsor the Johnstown Tomahawks,” says Saylor. “It’s our opportunity through our fans to say thank you and enjoy a night out on them.” The team is thankful for those who are taking care of the community’s loved ones affected by the coronavirus. To learn more about the team’s efforts, visit their website below! Read the full story on WTAJ’s website!