Evansville IceMen

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This article is about the current ECHL Evansville IceMen franchise. For the defunct All American Hockey League franchise, see: Evansville IceMen (2008–2010).
Evansville IceMen
2014–15 ECHL season
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City Evansville, Indiana
League ECHL
Conference Eastern
Division North
Founded 1992 (1992)
Operated 1992-present
Home arena Ford Center (Evansville)
Colors navy, black, white
              
Owner(s) Ron Geary
Head coach Dwight Mullins
Media ESPN Radio
Affiliates Ottawa Senators
Website Evansville IceMen.com
Franchise history
1992–2008 Muskegon Fury
2008–2010 Muskegon Lumberjacks
2010-present Evansville IceMen

The Evansville IceMen are a minor league ice hockey team in the ECHL. The team was originally a member of the International Hockey League before it merged into the Central Hockey League in 2010. The franchise has won four post-season championship titles in the UHL in 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2005. Formerly playing at the Swonder Ice Arena, since the 2011–12 season the IceMen have played at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana.

The IceMen were formerly known as the Muskegon Fury (1992-2008), and Muskegon Lumberjacks (2008–2010). The current IceMen franchise replaced the original Evansville IceMen (2008–2010) that were a part of the All American Hockey League before folding in 2010.

History[edit]

On February 8, 2010 it was announced that the Muskegon Lumberjacks would move to Evansville, Indiana as the Evansville IceMen at the conclusion of the 2009–10 International Hockey League season, replacing the team with the same name. The dormant Rochester Mustangs franchise of the USHL would move to Muskegon taking on the name Muskegon Lumberjacks.[1]

On July 13, 2010, the International Hockey League merged with the Central Hockey League, retaining the name Central Hockey League. The merger had the Bloomington PrairieThunder, Dayton Gems, Evansville IceMen, Fort Wayne Komets and Quad City Mallards IHL franchises move to the Northern Conference of the new combined IHL/CHL.

Starting with the 2011-2012 season, the IceMen practice at Swonder, but play home games at the Ford Center.

The current Evansville IceMen replace the defunct Evansville IceMen (2008–2010) of the All American Hockey League. The former IceMen team ceased operation after winning the Rod Davidson Cup during the 2009-2010 season.

On May 17, 2012, the IceMen formally were accepted into the ECHL, with membership to begin in the 2012–13 season.[2] On June 15, 2012, the IceMen announced an affiliation with the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets and primary affiliate, the Springfield Falcons.[3] Before the resumption of the new season on August 30, 2012 the Peoria Rivermen announced that the IceMen would be their ECHL farm club, cutting ties with the Alaska Aces. This will make the IceMen the AA affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets.[4] Starting with the 2013-2014 season, the IceMen will no longer practice at Swonder, but will practice at the Ford Center.

After two seasons in the ECHL Eastern Conference, in June 2014 the IceMen were moved to the newly-created Midwest Division in the ECHL's Western Conference. The conference includes the newly created Indy Fuel, The Kalamazoo Wings, The Fort Wayne Komets, The Colorado Eagles, And of course The Icemen. [5]

The Icemen announced on June 5th 2014, that they had hired Dwight Mullins as the new Head Coach of the Icemen, as announced at a later date, He would join former Icemen Player Josh Beaulieu behind the bench, as Josh was inked as assistant coach. they will join Director of Hockey Administration/Coordinator of Injury Management Brian Patafie, Equipment Manager Jim Beabout, and Assistant Equipment Manager Caden Patafie in the Icemen Locker Room.

Seasons[edit]

Season League GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA PIM Playoffs
2010–11 CHL 66 21 32 8 5 55 181 242 1240 DNQ
2011–12 CHL 66 40 22 1 3 84 215 192 1390 1st Round
2012–13 ECHL 72 25 40 3 4 57 207 272 1256 DNQ
2013–14 ECHL 72 31 30 4 7 73 226 237 1059 DNQ

Current roster[edit]

Updated October 28, 2014.[6]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
10 United States !United States Barron, LorenLoren Barron 2.0 !D L 25 2013 Glendora, California IceMen
36 United States !United States Bartus, GarrettGarrett Bartus 1.0 !G L 25 2013 St. Charles, Illinois IceMen
16 Canada !Canada Bell, MylesMyles Bell 7.0 !RW L 21 2014 Calgary, Alberta Albany
Canada !Canada Chisholm, R.D.R.D. Chisholm 2.0 !D L 25 2014 Antigonish, Nova Scotia IceMen
United States !United States Cook, MaxMax Cook 6.0 !LW L 24 2014 Frankfort, Illinois IceMen
Canada !Canada Fraser, DanaDana Fraser 4.0 !C L 25 2014 Truro, Nova Scotia IceMen
26 United States !United States Harris, DonnieDonnie Harris 2.0 !D R 23 2013 Lavale, Maryland IceMen
Canada !Canada Harvey, KevinKevin Harvey 6.0 !LW L 30 2014 Hamilton, Ontario IceMen
Canada !Canada Kerbashian, KaleKale Kerbashian 4.0 !C L 24 2014 Thunder Bay, Ontario IceMen
28 Canada !Canada Lépine, GuillaumeGuillaume Lépine (A) 2.0 !D L 27 2013 Montreal, Quebec IceMen
Canada !Canada Lukin, JarretJarret Lukin 4.0 !C L 30 2014 Fort McMurray, Alberta IceMen
15 Canada !Canada Moon, NathanNathan Moon 3.0 !F L 24 2013 Belleville, Ontario IceMen
18 Canada !Canada Morrissette, AndreAndre Morrissette 3.0 !F R 23 2013 Trois-Rivieres, Quebec IceMen
Canada !Canada Rawlings, ChrisChris Rawlings 1.0 !G L 26 2014 North Delta, British Columbia IceMen


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "It's official Lumberjacks hockey in Muskegon". mlive.com. 2010-02-02. Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
  2. ^ Press Release. "Expansion Membership Approved for Evansville". ECHL. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Press Release. "IceMen will be affiliated with NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets". Evansville Courier and Press. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Press Release. "Rivermen cut ties with Alaska, sign Evansville as ECHL farm club". Peoria Journal Star. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Annual ECHL Board of Governors Meeting concludes", ECHL, June 24, 2014. (accessed 24 June 2014)
  6. ^ "Evansville IceMen roster". Evansville IceMen. Retrieved October 28, 2014. 

External links[edit]

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