Graduating Players

Hawks President Club 2019

Riley Gilmore and Ben Thorlakson are two players that were faces of the franchise during their careers as Charleswood Hawks.  Friday night we were proud to honor them as graduating players and induct them in the Hawks President Club.

Hawks President, Stephen George, presenting Ben and Riley with their plaques.

Ben Thorlakson

For 4 years Ben looked after the net for the Hawks.  He played a total of 104 regular season games, just shy of 6300 minutes played.  He has a career GAA under 3, and a save percentage above 900, while winning 64 games.  Ben was named a 1st team league all star in 2015/16, and was always regarded as one of the top goaltenders in the MMJHL.  The success of the Hawks ran through him as an 18 year old and that remained consistent throughout his successful career. 

Riley Gilmore

Riley was an imposing player as a 4 year defenceman for the Hawks.  To say he got better as his career went on would be a major understatement as he was named a 2nd team all star in 2016/17, and a 1st team all star the following season.  Riley played a total of 170 regular season games, contributing 70 points over the course of his career.  There wasn’t a role Riley didn’t excel in on the ice, and was a model of the Hawks organization off the ice.  Riley was an assistant captain in his 21 year old season, and his leadership was a big part of the Hawks success.

Both of these players have been irreplaceable and it is an honor to have them both take their place as a part of the Presidents Club for the Charleswood Hawks.  Handing out graduating player plaques to Ben and Riley is Hawks President Stephen George congratulations to both players!

Thank you

The Charleswood Hawks would like to express their deepest thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate Wayne Deschouwer last night, with the raising of his banner to the Eric Coy rafters. It was truly an amazing evening, that brought everyone together to remember a great man, who was so much more than just our President. We will never be able to fully express what Wayne meant to us, but raising his banner up at the rink that’s home to his Hawks, will ensure that generations to come will know how much he meant to the Charleswood Hawks and the community that surrounded him.

Once again, a sincere thank you to everyone for supporting this memorable evening. It was a night that will forever be in our hearts.

Go Hawks Go!

The Banner will fly high

It’s impossible to choose just one person to help raise Wayne’s banner when he was a man that wore so many hats among our community and province.

So we will have Wayne’s wife and children (Clem, Lisa, Eric and Marc), as well as Myrna Driedger, our community MLA, and Kevin Klein, our new City of Winnipeg Councillor along with members from within the hockey community, will help raise Wayne’s banner to ensure it will always fly high above our Charleswood Hawks.

The program starts at 7pm on Sunday January 27th at the Eric Coy Arena which is located at 535 Oakdale Drive.