Port Huron Icehawks

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The Port Huron Icehawks were a minor league professional ice hockey team based in Port Huron, Michigan. They were a member of the International Hockey League and played their home games at McMorran Arena. The franchise was announced on June 20, 2007 as part of the new IHL.[1] The Icehawks were owned by Larry Kinney, owner and CEO of Datapak Services Corporation of Howell, MI. On June 16, 2010, the Port Huron Icehawks of the International Hockey League ceased hockey operations after three seasons.[2]

Port Huron Icehawks
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CityPort Huron, Michigan
LeagueInternational Hockey League
Founded2007
Operated2007–2010
Home arenaMcMorran Arena
ColorsRed, black
Owner(s)Larry Kinney
General managerStan Drulia
Head coachStan Drulia

The Icehawks were coached by Stan Drulia, a right winger whose professional career spanned 13 years from 1989 to 2001, and included three seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League. After one year directing the hockey operations and head coaching duties with the defunct Port Huron Flags, Drulia returned to the Blue Water area as both the head coach and general manager of the Icehawks. He remained with the Icehawks for all three of their seasons.

During their inaugural season, Drulia led the Icehawks to the Turner Cup Finals and a dramatic triple overtime loss to the Fort Wayne Komets in game 7. The Icehawks went 41-29-2-4 in the 2007–08 regular season and 7-5 in the playoffs, easily defeating the Flint Generals in the first round in just five games.

In the 2008–09 season, Drulia directed the Icehawks to another second place regular season finish in the IHL with a record of 44-21-6-5 and 99 points. For his efforts he was named IHL Coach of the Year. Despite their strong season, the Icehawks struggled in the playoffs and were eliminated by the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the first round in six games. The Icehawks were also named IHL Franchise of the Year in the 2008-09 campaign, based on efforts both on and off the ice.

Season-by-season resultsEdit

Legend: GP= Games Played, W= Wins, L= Losses, OTL= Overtime losses, SOL= Shootout losses, Pts= Points, GF= Goals For, GA= Goals Against

Season GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA Standing Playoffs
2007–08 76 41 29 2 4 88 242 230 2nd, League Lost in Finals
2008–09 76 44 21 6 5 99 262 201 2nd, League Lost in Round 1
2009–10 76 47 25 0 4 98 259 223 3rd, League Lost in Round
TOTALS 228 132 75 8 13 285 763 654    

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