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|Port Huron Icehawks|
|City:||Port Huron, Michigan|
|League:||International Hockey League|
|Home Arena:||McMorran Arena|
|General Manager:||Stan Drulia|
|Head Coach:||Stan Drulia|
|Affiliates:||Detroit Red Wings, (NHL)|
The Port Huron Icehawks were a minor league professional ice hockey team based in Port Huron, Michigan. They are a member of the International Hockey League and play their home games at McMorran Arena. The franchise was announced on June 20, 2007 as part of the new IHL. The Icehawks are owned by Larry Kinney, owner and CEO of Datapak Services Corporation of Howell, MI.
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. Drulia is entering his third year with the Icehawks, and fourth in the city of Port Huron. After one year directing the hockey operations and head coaching duties with the now defunct Port Huron Flags, he returned to the Blue Water area as both the head coach and general manager of the Icehawks. 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.
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