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Lawrence County Lightning


Nickname: Lightning
Colors: black/gold

Founded: 1995


Hess Ice Rink
  3365 Mitchell Road
  New Castle, PA  16105

The Lawrence County Amateur Hockey Association joined the PAHL in 1995 and continued the league's expansion towards the north of Pittsburgh in the mid-1990s.

The Lightning have always played out of Hess Ice Rink, which is the only rink in Lawrence County.  It is located in Neshannock Township, which is immediately to the north of New Castle, PA.  The rink was built in 1991, went through a major renovation in the mid-2010s, then received more upgrades due to earning a $100,000 grant from the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation in 2019 in their "Renovate the Rink" contest.

Despite drawing from a mostly rural market, the Lightning have grown the game significantly in the area and annually field at least one co-ed team at every age division in the PAHL.  Several Lightning players advanced their careers to the NCAA and minor pro levels, and Stephen Johns played parts of four seasons in the NHL with the Dallas Stars.