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Blackhawks set to take to the ice.

Byline: By David Hall

If plans to bring top flight ice hockey back to Hillheads is successful the team will be known by the fans' choice of Whitley Blackhawks (writes David Hall).

Just 24 hours before their crucial meeting with the Findus British National League selection committee, the company looking to bring senior ice hockey to Whitley Bay next month have named the team they will put on the ice if their application is successful and confirmed they will appoint a director of coaching.

"The team will be known as Whitley Blackhawks," said an EUNA Sport spokesman today. "It was the preferred option of the majority of fans in a quick poll and in our view is the perfect choice.

"Not only does the name Blackhawks fit in with the Indian theme that has always been a feature of ice hockey teams in Whitley," he added, "but it also provides an opportunity to bring back the `Indian head' logo that was synonymous with ice hockey at Hillheads during the years of the Heineken League when Whitley Warriors played in the top flight."

Although the identity of the new director of coaching will not be revealed until after a bid proves successful, EUNA Sport were confident his announcement will show the intentions of the Blackhawks to make an impact on the league.

"He is a former NHL player with great experience and, along with the appointed team coach, will bring an exciting brand of hockey and plenty of motivation to Whitley Bay," the spokesman added.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 1, 2003
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