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.
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.
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Brandon Holt scored with under a minute remaining in Overtime, to send the Warhawks flying into the offseason with a 4-3 victory over the New Ulm Steel.
The Warhawks would like to thank the City of Willmar, the Civic Center and Staff, the game-day staff and volunteers, the billets, the greatest fans in hockey, the players, coaches and families all for the support throughout this season and the three years that the team has called Willmar home.
While there have been many ups and downs in that time, the organization continues to dedicate its efforts and resources to providing the Willmar Community one of the best programs in tier-3 junior hockey.
Thank you and we will see you again next season!
The Willmar WarHawks of the NA3HL are pleased to announce that Top Prospects defenseman Adrian Martinelli
has signed a North American Hockey League (NAHL) tender agreement with the Topeka Pilots of the NAHL’s South Division.
Martinelli, 19, is in his first season of playing junior hockey, which has been spent between the NA3HL and the NAHL this season. The 6’2/190 lbs. native of Grosse Point, Michigan, has spent the majority of the season with Willmar, recording 15 points (1 goal, 14 assists) in 32 games played.
Martinelli has also played in seven NAHL games this season, including five with the Northeast Generals and two with the Austin Bruins.
Martinelli was also selected to and played in the 2019 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament for the West Division team.
AJ is one of four Warhawks players who have played games at the NAHL level this season.