Oelkers Commits to Concordia

The Willmar Warhawks, proud members of the NA3HL, are please to announce that forward Max Oelkers (’97, Warroad, MN) has committed to Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) beginning Fall of 2018.

Oelkers, who completed just finished junior hockey by playing two seasons in Willmar, scored 26 goals and assisted on 37 others in 95 career games as a power forward with the Warhawks.

“I’m really excited to go to Concordia and play hockey because it’s close to home,” Oelkers said. “Playing Division 3 hockey in the MIAC (Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) will be a great experience.”

Oelkers was an alternate captain with the Warhawks in 2017-18. “Max was a presence on and off the ice here in Willmar,” Coach Bowman remarked. “When Max decided he was going to play his game and go 100% on the ice, he was a very tough player to play against.  He has great potential and we’re happy he’s pursuing these opportunities to continue his career.”

Max is the 2nd of the ’97s for the Warhawks to commit to NCAA-3 Hockey schools this offseason.  In May, goaltender Luke Fry committed to Trine University (Indiana) beginning in the Fall of 2018.

Warhawks to Bring Community Together for Awareness / Recognition Nights

The Willmar Warhawks, proud members of USA Hockey and the NA3HL, have released their promotional nights scheduled for the 2018-19 season.  While the exact dates and games corresponding to the causes or events haven’t been finalized, the following is a list of special nights planned.  This is in addition to any promoted, sponsored nights with local businesses:

Teddy Bear Toss

Military Recognition

Hometown Hero

Fan Appreciation

Agricultural Education

Boy Scout / Girl Scout

Youth Group Promotions

Cancer Awareness

Alzheimers Awareness

Suicide Prevention / Awareness

Educators Recognition

Non-Profit Awareness

EMS Recognition

We are currently looking for  individuals, groups, businesses and organizations that would like to be involved in these nights.  We look to not only raise awareness and recognize the individuals, groups and causes, but also help raise money to support them.

The Warhawks believe strongly that its our duty and responsibility to use our platform to help others and promote worthwhile causes.  We are a proud member of the Willmar Community, and hope to continue to grow within the city and the surrounding areas, to make the quality of life better for all involved.  While we’ve only been here for 2 seasons, we have been made to feel very welcome by many in the region, and we want to give back while continuing to grow those relationships and add many more.

If you have any interest or questions, please contact Mike Bowman, Director of Business Operations and Associate Head Coach, at mbowman@willmarwarhawks.com or (814) 330-3523.

Thank you for your continued support!

Warhawks Looking to Team Up with Community for Good Causes

The Willmar Warhawks, proud members of the NA3HL,  are looking to partner up with local businesses and individuals this season to help promote charitable causes.  We will host several themed nights raising much needed awareness and  funding for causes that are near and dear to so many.  

From Cancer, Alzenheimer and other medical research and treatment, to local EMS services and military support, we are actively searching for individuals and businesses in Willmar and surrounding communities that want to be a part of these worthwhile endeavors.

Please contact Director of Business Operations, Mike Bowman, at mbowman@willmarwarhawks.com or 814-330-3523 to further discuss how you can join us.  

Is there a cause that is very personal for you?  Feel free to reach out, and we’ll find a way to bring attention to it together, and hopefully help support it financially through our platform of youth and amateur hockey events this season.

The Willmar Warhawks look forward to continuing to build community partnerships specifically in this environment.  Let’s work together to find a cure, and support those that sacrifice so much for us!

Monica Ims Named Billeting Coordinator


The Willmar Warhawks, proud members of the NA3HL, are very excited  to welcome Monica Ims to the Hawks family. She will become the Warhawks Billeting Coordinator for the 2018-19 Season.

Monica, who works for the Urgent Care Department at Carris Health, has lived in the Willmar Area for the past 15 years with her husband Brandon,  a local business owner. Together they are raising two boys, ages 9 and 11, both of who play in the Willmar Hockey Association. The Ims enjoy being together as a family and have a passion for multiple sports, although hockey is by far their favorite season.

Monica reflected on this past season when the Ims were a billet family for a Warhawks player. “It was a great experience for us. It gave my children a first-hand experience and proof that ‘if you do the work, it pays off’. We are looking forward to the 2018-19 season and I’m excited to find new prospective families, who share our passion, to billet these young men.”

The Warhawks are looking for billets to join the Warhawks family, and host a player for the upcoming season. All billet families receive a pair fo season tickets to the Warhawks games, in addition to a monthly stipend. More details on the billeting program can be found here.  If you are interested, or have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Monica at billet@willmarwarhawks.com.

Please join us in welcoming Monica to the Hawks Nest, as we look forward to seeing everyone at the Willmar Civic Center Arena this season!