Keystone Ice Miners

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Keystone Ice Miners
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City Connellsville, Pennsylvania
League NAHL
Division North
Founded 2010
Home arena The Ice Mine
Colors Blue, Orange, and Black
Owner(s) Hat Trick Hockey, LLC
General manager Michael Gershon
Head coach Michael Gershon
Franchise history
2010-2014 Port Huron Fighting Falcons
Keystone Ice Miners


The Keystone Ice Miners are a Junior A Tier II ice hockey team based out of The Ice Mine arena in Connellsville, Pennsylvania. The team moved to Connellsville in May 2014; prior to the move, the team was known as the Port Huron Fighting Falcons.[1]

History[edit]

The team began play during the 2010-11 season as the Port Huron Fighting Falcons are a Junior A Tier II ice hockey team based out of Port Huron, Michigan.[2] A member of the North American Hockey League's North Division, the team plays their home games in the McMorran Arena.[3] On July 10, 2010 the team announced its name as the Fighting Falcons.[4] Despite losing their first 15 games, they won 4-1 against the Springfield Jr. Blues on November 7 landing the team's first victory in history.

In 2014, the team announced it would be moving to Connellsville, Pennsylvania, a city south of Pittsburgh. The team will play at the Ice Mine and change their team name to the Ice Miners.[5] Hat Trick Hockey, the parent ownership of the Ice Miners, announced in mid-December 2014 that they were terminating its membership with the NAHL effective immediately. The league has indicated it plans to keep the team operational through the remainder of the 2014-15 season, including playoffs, if the Ice Miners should qualify.[6]

Season Records[edit]

Season GP W L OTL PTS GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
2010-11 58 6 46 6 18 127 312 1,408 8th, North did not qualify
2011-12 60 38 19 3 79 203 159 1,010 1st, North lost in Round Robin
2012-13 60 32 24 4 68 178 163 1,004 4th, North lost in 2nd round
2013-14 60 35 15 10 80 187 151 828 1st, North lost in 3rd round
Keystone Ice Miners
2014-15 60 31 24 5 67 153 140 836 2nd, North

Lost First Round Series, 0-3, Soo Eagles

Uniforms and logos[edit]

The team's colors are light blue, black and yellow. Home jerseys will feature the main Fighting Falcons logo with an alternate Falcon Head logo appearing on the road jerseys. Shoulder patches on both home and away uniforms will feature a circular logo with the Blue Water Bridge, that spans the St. Clair River separating Port Huron, Michigan and Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.[7]

Original Logo Controversy[edit]

Released on July 10, 2010, the Fighting Falcons first logo had a strong resemblance to a logo created by Mike Ivall of Ivall Design.[8]

On July 15, 2010, the Fighting Falcons announced the team will create new logo to avoid any problems relating to any similarities with Mike Ivall's concept art after Ivall had contacted the team and noted similarities.[9]

Mr. Ivall's 2008 logo (Left) and Mr. Smith's 2010 "original" logo (Right)

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