Warhawks Home Opener on Saturday 10/12

The Willmar Warhawks open their home season on Saturday at the Willmar Civic Center.  Gates open at 6:45 pm, Puck drops at 7:30!

Tickets are available at the gate — General Admission and Party Deck Tickets.  This year, the new 1000 degrees Pizzeria Party Deck will host all VIP ticket holders.  Patrons are treated to unlimited pizza, breadsticks and wings from 1000 Degrees Pizza in Willmar, exclusive party-deck seating options, and 3 complimentary drinks from the Little Crow Tavern and Grille Beverage Zone.  Drink options are soda, water, beer, wine and mixed drinks!

Come on out and see the new, upstart Warhawks, at 4-2-1, as they host the New Ulm Steel in a key early season division matchup.

Warhawks Online Store now available!!!!

The Willmar Warhawks merchandise is now available through their online store, thanks to community partner Rambow, Inc.

You can visit www.rambow.com and enter code WARHAWKS to visit our store, and purchase all your favorite team gear, and have it delivered right to your home!

Don’t wait, the store is only open for a limited time!

Willmar Goalie Gunnar Banks signs Tender for 2019-20 Season

Local Willmar High School goaltender Gunnar Banks has signed a tender agreement to join the WarHawks next season.  The WarHawks are excited to add more local talent to the program, as the hometown team continues to try to build from within its ranks.

Banks, a senior at Willmar High School, played in 23 games this season, posting an .890 save percentage while facing an average of 39 shots per game.

Banks joins Tanner Dahle and Eli Slagter as others who have played for the WarHawks full-time after lacing them up for the Cardinals at the Civic Center.

The program is excited about continuing to make this a community-based team, and Gunnar helps the WarHawks on and off the ice.

Kirk Olimb hired as WarHawks new Head Coach

The Willmar WarHawks are excited to announce Kirk Olimb as the organization’s new head coach. Hailing from Warroad, MN (“Hockeytown, U.S.A.”), Kirk joins the WarHawks as a coach with a wealth of knowledge and experience in nearly all aspects of the game. Prior to coaching in Willmar, Kirk was an assistant coach at the college level for Hamline University. Prior to coaching for the Pipers, Kirk coached at the high school level in the Minnesota 18U High Performance League and also at the youth level, guiding the St. Paul Capitals Bantams to the State Tournament.

In addition to coaching, Kirk worked as a scout and advisor for SmarterHockey, helping players and families navigate the amateur hockey world. This comes on top of practicing law as a personal injury attorney at McEllistrem Fargione, P.A. after graduating summa cum laude from Mitchell Hamline School of Law in 2016. Prior to law school, Kirk graduated from Hamline University magna cum laude in 2013, where he played four years as a Piper on the Men’s Varsity Hockey Team (NCAA Div. III), winning a MIAC Championship in 2011 and being named Academic All-Conference three years in a row (freshman are not eligible). Before attending Hamline, he played three years of Junior A hockey in Canada, winning the 2008 Bill Salonen Cup as SIJHL Champions with the Dryden Ice Dogs. This came after graduating from Warroad High School in 2006, where he was a member of the undefeated 2005 Minnesota State Champion Warroad Warriors. Finally, if Kirk’s last name sounds familiar, that’s because he is the nephew of Warroad’s 1988 Mr. Hockey winner and Gopher great Larry Olimb. Kirk’s clearly unique and decorated past both on and off the ice gives him nearly unmatchable insight into the game and what it takes to make it to the next level, which is something he gladly passes on to all his players.