The Blackhawks Ice Hockey Club was formed in 1947 and played at the famed St Moritz rink in St. Kilda. The club has a storied history as one of Victoria’s oldest club and has featured many household names of the game who have represented Victoria and Australia
over the years, including at the Squaw Valley Olympics in 1960.
The club wears the colours of the NHL club Chicago Blackhawks and in 2017, in recognition of its 70th season, introduced a new playing jersey and mascot.
The club played at St. Moritz until 1977 when it moved to the newly opened Coliseum Rink in Dandenong. In 1987, the club was forced to re-locate to the Olympic Ice Skating Centre in Oakleigh when Dandenong closed.
The Hawks operated out of the Oakleigh rink until a remodelled Iceland was opened at Ringwood in 1994 and housed the club through a growth surge that saw a great crop of juniors dominate the competition through to the clubs first “A” Grade championship win
for 18 years in 2002. This rink also went the way of others and closed in 2003. In 2004 the club was housed at the short-lived Eastern Ice Skating Centre in Bayswater. Its closure the following year saw the club return to Oakleigh which was the only rink in
Melbourne and housed all the IHV clubs other than Bendigo. While this period saw stunted development of the league due to lack of available ice time, the club experienced sustained success through different grades.
2009 saw the opening of the long awaited Docklands rink (formerly known as the Medibank Icehouse and now known as O’Brien Icehouse) and also saw a major re-structure of the junior competitions. IHV took over control of the juniors and it became a house league
styled development program. The increase in available ice time however allowed for the growth of a non-checking and recreational level.
In 2017, IHV re-structured the senior levels, reducing the number of full checking divisions to only the highest level, Premier A. This Blackhawks field four teams in the IHV competitions – Premier Division A (full checking), Senior B, Senior C & Senior D.
All Senior levels (excluding Premier Division) are open to men & women.
In the IHV Summer Season, the Blackhawks host 2 affiliated teams competing in Division 1 & 3 of the IHV Summer League. These divisions are decided through grading games held at the start of the season.