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Free Tommy: Day Five

By WBH, 03/11/22, 9:30AM CST


Continuing Coverage…

Less than 24 hours after arriving at Feathered Friends Animal Sanctuary in Springvale, Iowa, Waterloo Black Hawks mascot Tommy Hawk has disappeared.

Tommy was staying at Feathered Friends at the end of a difficult week. It began with a suspension on Monday, the result of an incident of unsportsmanlike conduct at a recent game in Young Arena.  Supporters had hoped that time away from the rink and under the supervision of the expert staff in Springvale would allow the mascot to regain his composure ahead of the crucial weeks that remain this hockey season.

“Right now, we all just want what’s best for Tommy,” said Black Hawks President of Business Operations Joe Greene.  “We don’t know where he is or what he’s doing.  If you’re out there, Tommy Hawk, we just want to say that, if this week has proven anything, it’s that there are a lot of people who care about you.”

Tommy Hawk had also been invited to appear during Friday’s Black Hawks-Musketeers game by his Sioux City counterpart, Charlie Battle

Residents throughout northern Iowa were asked to be on the lookout for the bird, described as 5-11, 150 pounds, with a gray beak, and wearing a white Black Hawks jersey.  Anyone who thinks they may have information about his whereabouts is asked to call the Tommy Tip Line at (319) 291-7680.

It’s not clear what will happen if Tommy Hawk attempts to appear during tonight’s game at Tyson Events Center or tomorrow’s game at Young Arena when Waterloo hosts the Omaha Lancers.

The Black Hawks say discounted tickets for Saturday’s matchup versus the Omaha remain available through 5 p.m. today using the code FreeTommy at

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