Former Jacksonville Icemen player Jacob Panetta responds to ECHL suspension for alleged racial gesture
Jacob Panetta used social media Friday to respond to his ECHL punishment after he was accused of using a racially motivated gesture toward a Black player on the opposing team during a game last Saturday.
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 hold ‘Lizard Kings’ throwback night
Cold blooded hockey is coming back for one night only on March 19 with our Lizard Kings Night, presented by Swisher. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Do you remember the Jacksonville Lizard Kings? “Cold blooded hockey” is coming back for one night only on March 19 when the Jacksonville Icemen hosts “Lizard Kings” Night. The Jacksonville Lizard Kings were a Minor Professional hockey team based in Jacksonville, playing in the East Coast Hockey League from 1995 to 2000. - 🎟️ | bit.ly/3sZhiiw 👕 | bit.ly/2N17OUH Posted by Jacksonville Icemen on Tuesday, March 9, 2021The game worn jerseys are now up for auction.
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.
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.
Jacksonville Icemen looking forward to playing again after slew of postponements
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Icemen are looking forward to getting back on the ice after seeing four games postponed in a week. Out of an abundance of caution, the ECHL postponed those games scheduled for Jan. 22, Jan. 23 and Jan. 24. Play-by-play broadcaster Alex Reed told “The Morning Show” on Jan. 24 that there have been a group of teams playing each other a lot recently. He added that there were some COVID-19 cases among those teams, and the decision was made to reduce the spread. That next batch includes 22 games spanning from Feb. 14 to April 3 but does not include makeup dates for the postponed games.
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.
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
Jacksonvilles best sports team: Icemen
JaxBest winners are powered by your vote, so let your voice be heard as we look for the best of everything Jacksonville has to offer. And your choice for the citys best sports team is the Jacksonville Icemen. The minor league team has been around since the 2017-18 season and plays its home games downtown at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. The team has had a few different names and a few different homes. The Icemen were formerly known as the Muskegon Fury from 1992 to 2008, the Muskegon Lumberjacks from 2008 to 2010, and the Evansville Icemen from 2010 to 2016.
Let's help make 'Fang' the ECHL Mascot of the Year
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Icemen are asking for your help voting for the team's mascot as the "2018-19 ECHL Mascot of the Year." Fans voted to name the team's new mascot "Fang" last year in honor of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office K-9 which was killed in the line of duty. Jacksonville Icemen's new mascot named in honor of fallen JSO K-9Voting ends Sunday at 8 p.m. Be sure to click on the "Jacksonville Icemen - Fang" video before you vote. We need your help to vote for our beloved Fang for #ECHL Mascot of the Year! Cast your vote here https://t.co/lawOkMiULk pic.twitter.com/7cYoNc1TiD Jacksonville Icemen (@JaxIcemen) July 31, 2019Copyright 2019 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.
Icemen extend contract of coach Jason Christie
Jacksonville IcemenJACKSONVILLE, Fla. - After guiding the team to a playoff appearance in their second season in Jacksonville, the Icemen have rewarded head coach Jason Christie with a multi-year contract extension. Christie has won more games as a head coach than any man in ECHL history, including 62 in two seasons with the Icemen. "Coach Christie has been an integral part of our team both on and off the ice, said Icemen President Bob Ohrablo. Jason has established himself as one of the most successful coaches in the game and he recently led our team to the playoffs in just our second season. Christie has made 11 postseason appearances as an ECHL head coach earning a total of 45 postseason victories.