Port Huron Icehawks
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. 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.
|Port Huron Icehawks|
|City||Port Huron, Michigan|
|League||International Hockey League|
|Home arena||McMorran Arena|
|General manager||Stan Drulia|
|Head coach||Stan 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.
Legend: GP= Games Played, W= Wins, L= Losses, OTL= Overtime losses, SOL= Shootout losses, Pts= Points, GF= Goals For, GA= Goals Against
|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|