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
2013/14 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, sky, white
              
Owner(s) Ron Geary
Head coach Jeff Pyle
Media WEOA
Affiliates Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)
Springfield Falcons (AHL)
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.

Seasons[edit]

Season GP W-L-OTL/SOL Pts GF-GA Final Standing Postseason
2010–2011 66 21-32-13 55 181-242 9th DNQ
2010–2012 66 40-22-4 84 215-192 2nd Lost in 1st round.
2011–2013 72 25-40-7 57 207-272 14th DNQ
2013–2014 72 TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA

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. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Evansville IceMen at Wikimedia Commons