Club Statement – Ollie Lomax Retires

It is with a heavy heart that we must announce that long serving defenceman and club stalwart Ollie Lomax has made the decision to retire from ice hockey with immediate effect.

Blackburn Hawks management, coaching staff and fellow team mates would like to thank Ollie for the commitment and passion for the club over his career and wish him all the best for the future.

Blackburn born and bred, Ollie has spent most of his hockey career at Blackburn from 2002, and his first match in a Blackburn Hawks shirt came in 2003. Playing for the Hawks became more and more regular before he became a permanent fixture in 2007. Apart from 8 appearances for Billingham Bombers in 2008-2009, the rest of Ollie’s playing career has been with the Hawks playing in a staggering 437 matches for the Hawks altogether, literally putting his body on the line, and wearing his heart on his sleeve.

Silverware came first in 2013 when Blackburn Hawks beat the Billingham Stars in the 2013 playoff final, then again as part of the ‘Invincibles’ team of 2014-2015 winning both the NIHL North 1 Moralee League, and the playoff trophy. They then achieved the ‘double-double’ when the league and playoff champions trophies spent a second year running in the hands of the Blackburn Hawks.

Ollie has been a loyal servant of the Hawks for many years and has always been unafraid of rolling his sleeves up and getting stuck in when needed, representing the club for press interviews, appearances at the hospital at Christmas time, and helping out with the various community visits with Chris Riley and fellow team members.

Ollie has issued the following statement regarding his decision:

Firstly I just like to say what an amazing journey I have been on over the last 17 seasons I truly have lived out my dream playing for my town over 400 times.

Ultimately I have to make the right decision for myself, my beautiful family and the Club itself. That time has come.

I am indebted to many many people who have paved the way for my career with the Hawks:

Jim Pennycook who taught me how to play the game and to aim for the Hawks.

Ian Hough who taught me the way to play the game and what attitude to take out onto the ice every shift.

Bobby Haig who is the best player I ever got to share the ice with & who gave me my senior debut at the tender age of 15.

Jared Owen, Budzie & Dangy who put together the best team & delivered trophies to our fantastic club. If I have to choose a period of time that would no doubt be it, a great spell of winning.

Furthermore I’d like to thank every single team mate that I’ve shared the dressing room with, many memories and many laughs. I’d like to think that they all knew what they were going to get from me as a team mate.

Representing the Hawks is something I’m immensely proud of, & that will live long with me in my heart. I would literally do anything for the club, play any position, travel to any rink in any competition. As long as I had Blackburn on my chest there would be no backward steps & that is how I’d like to be remembered.

We have always had amazing fans and a great following at Blackburn & many of them have gone on to become really good friends of mine. Another special thing to take away with me.

A special mention has to go to Aaron Davies. What a man. We have formed an amazing bond over all this time & nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing him bang in goals week in week out. He truly is a Hawks legend. Please enjoy him & appreciate him while he is still there.

I’d like to thank my family, which without their undying love & support none of this would ever have happened to me. My Mum & Dad financially as well as investing every minute of time into the sport took me literally everywhere to play & I am forever in their debt. I hope that I have done them proud in my time in a Hawks shirt. I now have an incredible wife and two amazing daughters Nicole, Layla & Freya who have supported me every step of the way. I can’t wait to start spending some real quality family time together.

Lastly, if I can give anyone any advice about the game of hockey it would be to do the things that no one else will, play with pride no matter what and play with the biggest smile you’ve got. Always.

See you on the other side and never be afraid to say hello, you might just have to pass me a tissue for a little while first. No backward steps.

Ollie Lomax #21

“The size of a mouse, with the heart of a lion”.

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