Welcome News4JAX Sports Anchor and Reporter Alessandra Pontbriand to Jacksonville
The newest member of News4JAX will be joining Jamal St. Cyr, Justin Barney and the rest of the sports team in covering high school and college games, telling stories of local athletes, following the Jumbo Shrimp, the Icemen and of course the Jags.
Jacob Panetta, player accused of making racial gesture, returns to Icemen following suspension
Jacob Panetta, who was suspended following claims that he used a racial gesture directed at a Black player during a game in Jacksonville, has accepted an offer from the Icemen and was expected to rejoin the team Friday evening.
New York, New York: Icemen announce new affiliation agreement with NHL’s Rangers
The Icemen announced a new affiliation agreement on Tuesday with the NHL’s New York Rangers and the American Hockey League’s Hartford Wolf Pack. That links one of the most storied teams in NHL history with a Jacksonville franchise that is expanding its footprint in town.
Out with the cold, in with the Igloo: Ice and Sportsplex gets a facelift
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Ice and Sportsplex is under new management and getting a major facelift in the process. The Jacksonville Icemen and the City of Jacksonville made the big announcement on Tuesday, taking the wraps off of plans that have been a long time in the making. A rendering of Jacksonville Ice and Sportsplex, which will be renamed the Igloo. “We have got a six-month hockey season and a six-month offseason and now hockey is going to be a 365-day-a-year sport here,” said Icemen president Bob Ohrablo. The Igloo will give a large boost to the youth hockey community here in Jacksonville as the icemen continue to grow the sport here on the First Coast.
Icemen’s road game at South Carolina on Wednesday night postponed
Jacksonville Icemen forward Pascal Aquin (26) looks for an opening to score against Orlando Solar Bears goaltender Clint Windsor (38) during the second period of an ECHL hockey game at Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021. [Gary Lloyd McCullough/For the Jacksonville Icemen]JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Icemen’s away game at South Carolina scheduled for Wednesday night has been postponed for league safety protocols, the ECHL announced. The game has been rescheduled for April 21 at 7:05 p.m. The Icemen are in sixth place in the ECHL’s Eastern Division with a 14-14 record with two overtime losses. The Icemen’s next game will be Friday when Greenville comes to Jacksonville for a 7 p.m. game.
Icemen prepare for 4-game stretch against division rival
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Icemen look to gain ground in the standings with a stretch of four games in five nights against division rival the Orlando Solar BearsThe voice of the Icemen, Alex Reed, said players are buying into head coach Jason Christie’s system. Reed, who appeared Sunday on “The Morning Show,” said players are finding success but have played in some tight games. The Icemen have scored five goals in their last two games. With six weeks left in the regular season, the team is hoping to make up some ground with the next four games. There are 12 points up for grabs, and the Solar Bears are ahead in the standings by 10.
Jacksonville Icemen to host women’s networking event during Women’s History Month
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Icemen will host a women’s networking event centered around a hockey game. On Thursday, the Icemen will host a “Women in Business Night” for the first time in team history. Icemen Director of Marketing Lauren Muni says the event will feature a panel of seven women from the Jacksonville area. Those in attendance will get a chance to network with the panelist and catch a hockey game after. The USA women’s hockey team won gold during the 2018 Winter Olympics behind the stick of Kendall Coyne Schofield.
Icemen, city working to renovate Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Icemen hockey team is asking for the city’s help to renovate the Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex. It’s a move that Icemen President Bob Ohrablo says would build the sport and the area’s economy. Ohrablo says the project would transform the complex from a one-sheet ice rink to a two-sheet rink. “It’s really important we have the capabilities for a great practice center and really develop youth and adult hockey,” Ohrablo said. He added Mayor Lenny Curry’s administration sees the footprint the team has downtown while providing entertainment for 36 nights.
Bragging rights on the line again for Guns N’ Hoses hockey match on Feb. 20
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It’s always a good, even series, but this year’s Guns N’ Hoses hockey match has a bit more on the line. The annual charity game between Jacksonville police — the Guns — and firefighters — the Hoses — is scheduled for Feb. 20 at the Vystar Veterans Memorial Area. The charity match will be held at 3 p.m., followed by the Icemen hosting the Tulsa Oilers at 7 p.m. One ticket will grant access to both games. A total of 25% of each ticket will be donated to the Jacksonville Fire Fighters Charity and the FOP Foundation. And we really want everyone to come out to the arena and celebrate these guys,” said Jacksonville Icemen team president Bob Ohrablo.
Icemen ownership group will be part of new ECHL franchise in Savannah
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Three members of the Jacksonville Icemen’s ownership group will have a hand in a the ECHL’s newest franchise in Savannah. The league announced that the Savannah Professional Hockey Team will begin play in the ECHL in 2022-23 season. The team will play in the new Savannah Arena. Icemen owner Andy Kaufmann, team president Bob Ohrablo and executive vice president Scott Einhorn will serve in various capacities with Savannah’s new ECHL entry. Ohrablo will be the Savannah franchise’s governor and Einhorn as the executive vice president.
Icemen postpone next 3 home games due to COVID-19 protocols
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Icemen’s next three games at home have been postponed due to COVID-19 safety protocols. The Icemen were scheduled to face the Florida Everblades in Jacksonville on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Those games are now off the team announced. “The safety of our fans, players, staff and working personnel will always remain as our top priority,” said Icemen President Bob Ohrablo. “As a precaution, and to adhere to all COVID-19 protocols set by the ECHL, as well as state and local officials, the decision has been made to postpone this weekend’s games.”The Icemen (4-7, 1 OT loss, 1 shootout loss) are in sixth place in the ECHL’s Eastern Conference.
Tim Tebow to host ‘Faith & Family Night’ after Icemen game on Friday
Tim Tebow to host ‘Faith & Family Night’ after Icemen game on FridayJACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Tim Tebow Foundation with the Gator Club of Jacksonville will host a post-game presentation about faith and family. The Icemen game starts at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15. Each ticket will include access to Tim Tebow’s discussions. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Tim Tebow Foundation. RELATED | Tim Tebow added to Icemen ownership groupThe illustrious Icemen will take on the Orlando Solar Bears.
Icemen extend lease agreement with city, eye start to season
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The seats at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena are still empty but soon hockey fans in Jacksonville will be welcomed back as the Icemen drop puck to start their 2020 season. The Icemen’s season came to an abrupt end back in March when the ECHL suspended play and canceled the rest of the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Icemen, who ranked third in attendance last season in the ECHL, will be back out on the ice on Dec. 11 for their first match. The team, along with Mayor Lenny Curry, announced a lease extension for the team at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena that will keep the Icemen in that venue through the 2030-31 season. “I have got 36 pages of safety protocols sitting on my desk and that is just for the players,” said Icemen team president Bob Ohrablo.
Icemen release partial schedule for 2020-21 hockey season
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Icemen released the first part of their schedule for the 2020-21 season on Thursday, including back-to-back home games in mid-December and early January. The Icemen will open their season Dec. 11 at the Florida Everblades and then return home for games against Greenville (Dec. 12) and South Carolina (Dec. 18). The ECHL announced a split-season start for the league, which has 13 teams starting in December to participate in a 72-game season. The remaining ECHL teams will have the option to opt-in to the second start of the season beginning on Jan. 14. Icemen 2020-21 scheduleDec. 11, at Florida, 7:30 p.m.Dec. 12, vs. Greenville, 7 p.m.Dec. 18 vs. S. Carolina, 7 p.m.Dec. 19 at S. Carolina, 6:05 p.m.Dec. 26, at Florida, 7 p.m.Dec. 28, vs. Florida, 7 p.m.Dec. 29 at Orlando, 7 p.m.Jan. 2, vs. S. Carolina, 7 p.m.Jan. 9, vs. Orlando, 7 p.m.Jan. 13, at Florida, 7:30 p.m.Subject to change
Icemen hope for word on ECHL All-Star game Thursday
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. The season hasnt been canceled for the Icemen but the start has been moved back. The ECHL announced Wednesday that the season, originally scheduled to start in October, is not anticipated to begin until at least December 4. One of the goals that we have is not to start until its safe to start, said Icemen president Bob Ohrablo. And we wanted some more time.The Icemen were scheduled to host the ECHL All-Star game on Jan. 18, but with the start of the season being pushed back, the all-star festivities will be, as well. The league is very excited about bringing the all-star showcase here.