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Tomahawks Welcome Craig Saylor as New Member of Ownership Group

June 21, 2018 - North American Hockey League (NAHL) - Johnstown Tomahawks News Release

JOHNSTOWN, Pa June 21, 2018 - The Johnstown Tomahawks local ownership group voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve the sale and transfer of ownership stakes of Mr. Jim Vasilko to Mr. Craig Saylor. Mr. Saylor will join the Johnstown Hockey Group LLC.

Craig Saylor, a Jerome Pa resident, is the recently retired Chief Executive Officer for both Somerset Hospital and Somerset Hospital Foundation. He is a board member for JARI, the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, Senior Choice, Cambria Somerset Council and former president of the Somerset Chamber of Commerce.

"I'm very excited to see my passion for business and hockey come full circle. I have been part of the local hockey community since my childhood. I was a season ticket holder for the Chiefs and I have thoroughly embraced the Tomahawks on ice product and the commitment they have showed to the community" said Saylor. "It is an honor to become a part of the ownership group and I'm committed to carry on the great hockey tradition with such a quality group of staff, players, sponsors, and fans."

The Tomahawks were established in 2012 after a group of businessmen purchased and re-located a North American Hockey League franchise from Wasilla, Alaska to Johnstown.

"Craig will bring strong business acumen and an extensive hockey background to the current owners of our Tomahawks franchise," commented team president Richard Bouchard. "We believe his passion for the game and his commitment to the community puts the Tomahawks in a position to continue to be a highly positive asset to the area.

Led by Esmark, Inc. founder and CEO James Bouchard, the Tomahawks' ownership group includes a strong blend of national and local business leaders along with a highly recognizable sport figure.

JAMES P. BOUCHARD

Founder/Chairman/CEO of Esmark Inc. Majority Team Owner

BILL POLACEK

CEO of Johnstown Welding and Fabrication in Johnstown, PA

JOHN POLACEK

CCO of Johnstown Welding and Fabrication in Johnstown, PA

GARY & ROSE POBORSKY

Founder and owner of GapVax, Inc. in Johnstown, PA

DAN THOMPSON

President of Von's United Beverage in Johnstown, PA

BILL BAHORIK

President and CEO of Penn Metal Fabricators, Inc., and chairman of Arcadia Theater

PATRICK GALLAGHER

Founder and CEO of PGT Trucking in Monaca, PA.

MARK LEE family

Real Estate Developer and former owners of the Alaska Avalanche

JONATHAN METCALF

Owner and Chief Executive Officer of Randall Metals Corporation in Chicago, IL.

JOSEPH PEDUZZI

Founder and President of TF Asset Management in Pittsburgh, PA.

ALEXANDER SIMAKAS

Founder and CEO of Tool Craft Manufacturing in Pittsburgh, PA.

JACK HAM

Pro Football Hall of Fame/Pittsburgh Steelers


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