The Iowa Heartlanders, a new ice hockey team in Coralville, has announced Tom Hamilton as its new president.
As President, Mr. Hamilton will be responsible for the management, growth, promotion and day-to-day operations of the Iowa Heartlanders, according to a release.
An Iowa City native, Hamilton spent 33 years working for Hy-Vee and helped develop the local franchise in Coralville as Store Director.
“After 33 years with Hy-Vee and being back in my hometown, I never dreamed I’d have the privilege and honor to be a part a new challenge that’s this exciting,” said Mr. Hamilton, in the release. “Heartlanders pride just keeps growing in this town and there’s more great things to come. I’d like to thank Dean MacDonald, Glenn Stanford and Brian McKenna for their assistance in helping to make my transition seamless.”
Brian McKenna has stepped aside in his role as team President as part of the move. McKenna was an integral part of the launch of the Heartlanders and was hired as the President for the team’s inaugural season, helping the club get off the ground strong with a growing and passionate fanbase.
“We are excited to enter this second phase of growth with the Iowa Heartlanders by welcoming Tom to the Deacon Sports and Entertainment family,” said Dean MacDonald, Chair of Deacon Sports and Entertainment, in the release. “Tom’s relationships with local businesses and partners throughout Eastern Iowa will be a tremendous asset as the Heartlanders build upon a tremendous first season in Coralville. Additionally, we would like to thank Brian McKenna for his excellent work during the team’s inaugural season; Brian’s expertise and knowledge helped make the Heartlanders a source of entertainment in a market that continues to develop a strong passion for hockey.”
According to the release, the Heartlanders will announce the team’s schedule for the 2022-23 season in the coming weeks.