History

History

The Blackhawks Ice Hockey Club was formed in 1947 and played at the famed St. Moritz rink in St. Kilda.  The club has a storied history as one of Victoria’s oldest club and has featured many household names of the game who have represented Victoria and Australia over the years, including at the Squaw Valley Olympics in 1960.  The club remained at St. Moritz until 1977 when it moved to the newly opened Coliseum Rink in Dandenong.  In 1987, the club was forced to re-locate to the Olympic Ice Skating Centre in Oakleigh when the Dandenong rink shut down.

The Hawks remained at Oakleigh until a remodelled Iceland was opened at Ringwood in 1994 and housed the club through a growth surge that saw a great crop of juniors dominate the competition through to the clubs first “A” Grade championship win for 18 years in 2002.  This rink also went the way of others and closed in 2003.  2004 saw the club housed at the short-lived Eastern Ice Skating Centre in Bayswater.  Its closure the following year saw the club return to Oakleigh which was the only rink in Melbourne and housed all the IHV clubs except for Bendigo.  While this period saw stunted development of the league due to lack of ice time, the club experienced sustained success through different grades.  2009 saw the opening of the long awaited Medibank Icehouse at Docklands which is the location for the majority of checking level competition of IHV. With the opening of the Icehouse, a major re-structure occurred with the clubs no longer controlling or fielding junior level teams.

The increase in available ice time however allowed for the growth of a non-checking and recreational level along with the existing IHV Premier A & Reserve levels.  Due to the increase in numbers, the IHV competition is divided into two seasons – Winter & Summer.


Blackhawks Timeline

Blackhawks Established - The Blackhawks are established and play out of the St. Moritz Rink in St Kilda
1947 Senior A Champions - Winner of the H. H. Kleiner Premiership Trophy.

1955 Senior A Champions - Winners of the H. H. Kleiner Trophy.

1956 Senior A Champions - Winners of the H. H. Kleiner Trophy.

1958 Senior A Champions - Winners of the H. H. Kleiner Trophy.

1963 Senior A Champions - Winners of the H. H. Kleiner Trophy.

1966 Senior A Champions - Winners of the H. H. Kleiner Trophy.

1984 Senior A Champions - Winners of the H. H. Kleiner Trophy.

1997 - Celebration of 50 Years of Blackhawks Hockey.

2002 Senior A Champions - Winners of the H. H. Kleiner Trophy.

2005 Senior A Champions - Winners of the H. H. Kleiner Trophy.

2006 Senior A Champions - Winners of the H. H. Kleiner Trophy.

2008 Senior A Champions - Winners of the Russell Jones Trophy. (Previously H. H. Kleiner Trophy)

2014 Premier C1 Champions - Winners of the Clive Connelly Trophy.

2015 Premier C1 Champions - Winners of the Clive Connelly Trophy.

2017 Senior B Champions - Winners of the JP Oliphant Trophy