Nighthawks Final Roster: The Goalies

By: Ty Dilello – The Niverville Citizen

The final roster of the first edition of the Niverville Nighthawks has been unveiled. Over the next few days, we will be releasing detailed profiles on each of the players who will take to the ice when the season starts up on Friday, September 16.

In today’s article, we will focus on the team’s two goalies.

Chris Fines (1)

Chris Fines was born in Winnipeg but grew up in a small town just north of the city called Balmoral. He started hockey at the early age of five but didn’t decide to make the full-time switch to goalie until he was 12 years old.

After coming up through the Interlake Lightning AAA program, Fines has spent the past two seasons in the MJHL with the Portage Terriers. This past 2021–22 campaign, Fines finished with a 5–10–1 record in 20 games with a 3.62 goals against average and .892 save percentage.

To date, his favourite moment in hockey was winning his first MJHL game, making 50 saves in the process for an overtime win.

A multi-sport athlete, Fines also plays a lot of baseball in the summer months.

“I am very excited to join this new organization, and I feel like it will be a very exciting place to play. This is the place where I wanted to go, and I feel that I have a lot left to prove.”

Levi Hall (31)

Levi Hall was born in Edmonton and raised in Stony Plain, Alberta. He is the grandson of legendary Hall of Fame goaltender Glenn Hall, who won three Vezina Trophies and played in 502 consecutive NHL games, a record that will almost certainly never be broken.

“With my grandpa being Glenn Hall, it was pretty much put upon me to play hockey and only a matter of time to be a goalie and follow in my grandpa’s footsteps.”

Hall’s favourite memory about hockey so far came during his team’s playoff run in Bantam AAA. They were underdogs the whole way but found a way to make it to the finals.

He spent the last season tending goal in the KIJHL with the Golden Rockets before joining the Niverville Nighthawks.

“Joining the Nighthawks organization this season is pretty exciting. Obviously as a new team, the spotlight will be there, and that makes it that much more fun. Joining the Nighthawks was pretty important to me as I was looking to get back into the Junior A ranks.”