Jackson Bandits

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Jackson Bandits
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City Jackson, Mississippi
League East Coast Hockey League
Founded 1998
Operated 1999–2003
Home arena Mississippi Coliseum
Franchise history
1997–1999 Chesapeake Icebreakers
1999–2003 Jackson Bandits

The Jackson Bandits were a minor league professional ice hockey team and member of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). The Bandits played at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson, Mississippi between the 1999-2000 and 2002-03 seasons. Previously the franchise played as the Chesapeake Icebreakers in Upper Marlboro, Maryland prior to their relocation following the 1998–99 season.

After being purchased in 1999 by a company called Mississippi Indoor Sports headed by majority owners and Mississippi businessmen Bernie Ebbers, the then MCI WorldCom president and CEO, and J.L. Holloway, the then president and CEO of Friede-Goldman International, the franchise was moved to Jackson, Mississippi, and began playing home games at the Mississippi Coliseum. The team was renamed the Jackson Bandits in reference to outlaws famous for robbing wealthy travelers along the Natchez Trace in the 19th century.[1]

Derek Clancey, a former Chesapeake Icebreakers' star and eight-year veteran minor-league player, was named head coach and director of hockey operations, positions he would hold during the franchise's entire existence in Jackson.

Ebbers' interest in the Bandits was bought out by local businessmen/investors in 2002, shortly after his resignation as President/CEO of WorldCom. The new ownership group included Holloway, Brian Fenelon, Billy Mounger III, and Isaac Byrd.

After declining attendance and unsuccessful attempts to get a new arena built, the Bandits ceased operations in 2003 after the ECHL denied the team's request to suspend operations for a year.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff Reporters (August 13, 1999). "Jackson Bandits name of hockey team". The Associated Press State & Local Wire. 
  2. ^ Russo, Ralph D. (April 4, 2003). "Jackson's minor league hockey team won't play next season". The Associated Press State & Local Wire. 

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