Louisiana IceGators

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This article is about the expansion team in the Southern Professional Hockey League. For their predecessors who played from 1995 until 2005 in the ECHL, see Louisiana IceGators (ECHL).
Louisiana IceGators
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City Lafayette, Louisiana
League Southern Professional Hockey League
Founded 2009
Home arena "The Frozen Swamp" Cajundome
Colors Green, Gold, Black, White
                   
Owner(s) Chuck Anselmo Jr. & Chuck Anselmo III
General manager Louis Dumont
Head coach Kevin Kaminski
Captain Shawn McNeil
Media Lafayette Daily Advertiser, KATC, KLFY
Franchise history
1995-2005 Louisiana IceGators (ECHL)
2009-Current Louisiana Icegators (SPHL)
Championships
Regular season titles 0

The Louisiana IceGators are a team of the Southern Professional Hockey League who began play in the 2009-10 season. Like the original IceGators which played from 1995 until folding in 2005, they are based out of Lafayette, Louisiana. The IceGators were brought back and owned by local businessman Danny Smith, and their head coach was Ron Handy, a member of the original IceGators team that hit the ice in 1995-96.[1] In August 2010, a deal was struck and Smith sold the team to two local businessmen, E.C. "Chuck" Anselmo, Jr. and E.C. "Chuck" Anselmo, III.

History[edit]

For their first season as members of the SPHL, home games were played at the Blackham Coliseum rather than the Cajundome, the original home of the ECHL 'Gators'. For the 2010-11 season, however, the team's home ice returned to the Cajundome known as the frozen swamp.[2]

On October 26, 2009, Ron Handy stepped down as head coach after a 0-3-0 start. He was replaced by General Manager Brent Sapergia on an interim basis. Sapergia was banned by the league after being disqualified from two games in a row. In Pensacola, Sapergia threw a water bottle onto the ice, then a water cooler, then a pair of medical kits. Sapergia finished the tirade by emptying Louisiana's supply of hockey sticks into play and giving a farewell gesture to the fans as he left the arena.[3] Former Huntsville Havoc player and coach John Gibson was later named Head Coach, while Handy began to focus on community relations and off ice operations.[4]

On October 18, 2010 the IceGators affiliated with the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League for the 2010/2011 season.[5]

At the end of the 2012-2013, Riley Gill was selected as the Sher-Wood Goaltender of the Year. "Gill led the league in wins (25-tied) and shootout wins (four) and set a new SPHL record with five shutouts. His 2.43 goals against average ranked second, while his .918 save percentage was tied for third-best. Gill’s strong play helped Louisiana to a 20-point improvement from last season, as the IceGators finished tied with Fayetteville for most points (73)." [6]

In the 2010-2011 season, the Icegators brought a familiar face back to the Frozen Swamp. They signed forward Shawn McNeil. Shawn McNeil played for the ECHL Icegators from 1999-2003. As of the 2013-2014 season, Shawn McNeil was leading scorer in the SPHL. He played 56 games in which he achieved 18 goals and 49 assists at the age of 35. On April 3, 2014, Shawn was named Easton Most Valuable Player of the SPHL. "McNeil led all players in points (67) and assists (49) and tied SPHL season-highs with an 18-game point streak and an eight-game assist streak. One of four IceGators to play all 56 games, McNeil was a team-best +18 as he led Louisiana to a second-place finish in the regular season." [7]

Team Record[edit]

Southern Professional Hockey League[edit]

Season GP W L OTL PTS GF GA PIM Finish
2009-10 56 23 31 2 48 175 223 1650 7th (Out of Playoffs)
2010-11 56 16 40 0 32 170 231 1111 8th (Out of Playoffs)
2011-12 56 24 27 5 53 177 202 943 7th (Out in Quarterfinals)
2012-13 56 34 17 5 73 172 167 1145 2nd (Out in Semifinals)
2013-14 56 35 18 3 73 198 175 1094 2nd (Out in Quarterfinals)

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Attendance[edit]

Year Total Games Average League Average
2009–10 54,779 28 1,956 3,041
2010–11 50,971 28 1,820 2,762
2011-12 56,514 28 2,018 2,796
2012-13 64,080 28 2,288 2,804
2013-14 66,438 28 2,372 3,000

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Team Information[edit]

2013-2014 Roster[edit]

# Player Pos Height Weight Date of Birth Hometown Seasons
3 Burton (R), Tanner D 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) (1988-01-12) January 12, 1988 (age 26) Echo Bay, Ontario 1
4 Byczynski, Clark D 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 120 lb (54 kg) (1990-27-04) March 4, 1990 (age 23) Brendenbury, Saskatchewan 3
5 Lyon, Tyler D 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) (1985-04-02) April 2, 1985 (age 29) Foxboro, Ontario 3
6 Duplantis, Josh RW 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 210 lb (95 kg) (1987-08-02) August 2, 1987 (age 26) Houma, Louisiana 3
7 Shawn McNeil C 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) (1978-17-03) May 3, 1978 (age 35) Pembroke, Ontario 4
8 Lavender, Jared D 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 190 lb (86 kg) (1984-30-03) June 3, 1984 (age 29) Cleveland Heights, Ohio 1
9 Grant, Jeff C 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) (1985-01-10) January 10, 1985 (age 29) Burlington, Massachusetts 1
13 Cramer, Ron LW 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 180 lb (82 kg) (1988-25-02) January 2, 1988 (age 25) New Wilmington, Pennsylvania 1
15 Robertson, Matt LW 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 180 lb (82 kg) (1988-07-02) July 2, 1988 (age 26) Prince Albert, Saskatchewan 2
19 Peppler (R), Bret RW 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 180 lb (82 kg) (1984-08-12) August 12, 1984 (age 29) Rhein, Saskatchewan 1
20 Brown, Greg D 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) (1988-09-03) September 3, 1988 (age 25) North Vancouver, British Columbia 2
22 Wilson, Chris RW 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 175 lb (79 kg) (1985-29-03) May 3, 1985 (age 28) Prince Albert, Saskatchewan 1
26 Braid, Jordan C 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 201 lb (91 kg) (1989-29-07) May 7, 1989 (age 24) Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 1
27 Barr, Tyler RW 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 205 lb (93 kg) (1988-06-12) June 12, 1988 (age 26) North Vancouver, British Columbia 2
30 Smiley, Kiefer G 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 187 lb (85 kg) (1990-23-02) November 2, 1990 (age 23) Duncan, British Columbia 1
39 Boyer, Jeremy C 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 175 lb (79 kg) (1990-10-12) October 12, 1990 (age 23) Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 2
45 Stuart, Adam RW 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 174 lb (79 kg) (1989-12-08) December 8, 1989 (age 24) Calgary, Alberta 1
53 Zenzola (R), Matt G 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 230 lb (100 kg) (1993-20-03) August 3, 1993 (age 20) Maynard, Massachusetts 1
72 Stretch (R), Mitchell D 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) (1990-01-03) January 3, 1990 (age 24) Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 1
74 Byczynski, Kirk D 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) (1989-10-12) October 12, 1989 (age 24) Brendenbury, Saskatchewan 2
Staff Name
Head Coach Kaminski, Kevin
Trainer Libby, Cole
Equipment Manager Ray, Chad
Mascot Gaston

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Captains[edit]

  • 2009/2010-Paul McBrien
  • 2010/2011-Shawn McNeil
  • 2011/2012-Shawn McNeil
  • 2012/2013-Shawn McNeil
  • 2013/2014-Shawn McNeil

Coaching History[edit]

General Manager[edit]

  • Brent Sapergia 2009/2011
  • Louis Dumont 2011/Current

SPHL Awards[edit]

2013-2014[edit]

  • Shawn McNeil - 2013-2014 All-SPHL First Team/2013-2014 Easton Most Valuable Player
  • Kirk Byczynski- 2013-2014 All-SPHL Second Team

2012-2013[edit]

  • Riley Gill - 2012-13 SPHL Goalie of the Year Award Winner/All-SPHL First Team
  • Matt Robertson - 2012-13 All-SPHL First Team
  • Kirk Byczynski - 2012-13 All-SPHL Second Team/All-SPHL Rookie Team

2011-2012[edit]

  • Brayden Metz - 2011-12 All-SPHL Rookie Team
  • Jason Hill - 2011-12 All-SPHL Second Team

2010-2011[edit]

  • Beau McLaughlin -2010-11 All-SPHL Second Team

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