St. John's IceCaps

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St. John's IceCaps
2014–15 St. John's IceCaps season
St. John's IceCaps logo.svg
City St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
League American Hockey League
Conference Eastern Conference
Division Atlantic Division
Founded 1994 (As a member of the IHL)
Home arena Mile One Centre
Colors

Polar Night Blue, Aviator Blue, Silver, White

                   
Owner(s) Canada True North Sports & Entertainment
(operated by Danny Williams under lease agreement)
General manager Canada Craig Heisinger
Head coach Canada Keith McCambridge
Captain Canada Jason Jaffray
Media This Is Newfoundland Labrador.ca
Affiliates Winnipeg Jets (NHL)
Ontario Reign (ECHL)
Franchise history
1994–1996 (IHL) Minnesota Moose
1996–2001 Manitoba Moose
2001–2011 (AHL) Manitoba Moose
2,011–2,016 St. John's IceCaps
Championships
Division Championships 1 (2011–12)
Conference Championships 1 (2013–14)

The St. John's IceCaps are a professional ice hockey team based in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the American Hockey League (AHL) and are the top affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League (NHL). The IceCaps are also affiliated with the Ontario Reign of the ECHL.[1]

From 1996 to 2011, the team was known as the Manitoba Moose and played in Winnipeg, Manitoba, prior to which it had been the Minnesota Moose. With parent company True North Sports and Entertainment's purchase of the Atlanta Thrashers and relocation of the team to Winnipeg in June 2011, the AHL franchise was leased to former Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams and relocated to St. John's, returning the AHL to Atlantic Canada after a six-year absence.[2][3][4]

History[edit]

The franchise was founded in 1994 as the Minnesota Moose, who at that time, were members of the International Hockey League. The team played two seasons in St. Paul, Minnesota before relocating to Winnipeg in 1996 following the departure of the original Winnipeg Jets to Phoenix, Arizona. The Manitoba Moose continued in the IHL until the league folded in 2001, at which time they joined the AHL and became the top affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks. During their ten years in the AHL, the Moose made it to the Calder Cup Finals once, in 2009, losing 4–2 to the Hershey Bears in the best-of-seven series.

In May 2011, True North Sports and Entertainment purchased the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers with the intention of relocating the team to Winnipeg for the 2011–12 NHL season.[5] With the return of the NHL to Winnipeg, a new home was needed for Moose. A deal was reached with former Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams to relocate the AHL team to St. John's for the 2011–12 season.[6][7][8] The AHL Board of Governors unanimously approved the franchise's relocation to St. John's on June 20, 2011.[4] Later that day, Williams and True North Senior Vice President Craig Heisinger held an event at Mile One Centre officially announcing the relocation of the Manitoba Moose to St. John's. At the same time, True North made the new St. John's team the top affiliate of its new NHL team.[9]

Coincidentally, the nearby community of Conception Bay South had been awarded the Kraft Hockeyville exhibition game for 2011, which would have featured the Atlanta Thrashers facing the Ottawa Senators. Because of the proximity of Conception Bay South to St. John's, the game between the Senators and the Jets was relocated to the Mile One Centre to accommodate larger crowds. This would be the first IceCaps-related game, as many of the Jets players were prospects who would be assigned to the IceCaps shortly after. The de facto home Jets defeated the Senators, 3–1.[10]

The IceCaps played their inaugural game on October 7, 2011 in Providence, Rhode Island against the Providence Bruins. Their first home game was on October 14, 2011 against the Hamilton Bulldogs. In their inaugural season, the IceCaps finished first in Atlantic division and reached the Eastern Conference Championship series, falling in four games to the eventual Calder Cup Champion Norfolk Admirals.

After missing the playoffs in the 2012-13 season, the IceCaps would finish 2013-14 in second place in the Atlantic Division (46-23-2-5, 99 pts) and would return to the playoffs by earning the fourth playoff seed in the Eastern Conference. The IceCaps defeated the Albany Devils 3 games to 1 in the conference quarterfinals and the Norfolk Admirals 4 games to 2 in the conference semifinals. On June 3, 2014, with a 5-0 victory over the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Championship series, the IceCaps claimed the Richard Canning Trophy as Eastern Conference champions and advanced to the Calder Cup Finals for the first time since relocating to Newfoundland from Manitoba. This marked the second time that St. John's would be represented in the AHL Championship series and the first since the St. John's Maple Leafs advanced to the 1992 Calder Cup Finals against the Adirondack Red Wings. The IceCaps would be defeated in five games by the Western Conference Champion Texas Stars.

Future[edit]

In January 2014, True North Sports and Entertainment chairman Mark Chipman confirmed that the organization was exploring plans to relocate their AHL franchise to Thunder Bay, Ontario after the current lease with Danny Williams' group expired in 2015. Although the IceCaps have been a financial success, the geographical location of St. John's has presented significant travel difficulties for Jets personnel. Williams stated he would try and find another team to bring to Newfoundland should the IceCaps leave.[11]

The following September, True North and Williams' group agreed to extend their affiliation agreement through the 2015-16 season.[12]

Team Information[edit]

Name[edit]

Following the announcement of the team's relocation to St. John's, Williams stated that while he would prefer to hold a fan contest to name the team; however, with insufficient time before the start of the season, this task was brought to the team's advisory committee.[13] The "Moose" moniker, which the team had used until that time, was immediately ruled out. The high volume vehicular accidents in Newfoundland and Labrador involving the animal was cited as one of the reasons behind not retaining the old name.[14] Several media outlets soon started reporting that the team would be known as the St. John's IceCaps, this after St. John's IceCaps Inc. was registered with Newfoundland and Labrador's registry of deeds and companies.[15] The official announcement was made on July 29, 2011.[13]

Logos and uniforms[edit]

The inaugural jerseys of the St. John's IceCaps, for the 2011–12 AHL season

The St. John's IceCaps' colours are aviator blue, white, polar night blue, and silver; the same colours used by the Winnipeg Jets, their parent club.

Like all teams in the American Hockey League, the St. John's IceCaps wear Reebok Edge style uniforms. The IceCaps' home uniform is a white jersey with a polar night blue collar with aviator blue and silver trim, while their away uniform is a polar night blue jersey with aviator blue and silver trim, with the IceCaps logo placed on the front. These jerseys have been styled from the Winnipeg Jets' current away and home jerseys, respectively. The IceCaps' jerseys also include the Winnipeg Jets' primary logo on the shoulder.

Mascot[edit]

Buddy the Puffin is the mascot of the IceCaps. Buddy was previously the mascot of the St. John's Maple Leafs. Buddy's number is 92, which represents 1992, the year that he was introduced as the mascot of the St. John's Maple Leafs.[16]

Schedule[edit]

Newfoundland's isolated location in the easternmost part of Canada presents travel difficulties for teams flying to and from St. John's. Most flights to St. John's require a connection at Montréal or Toronto, adding to the length and cost of travel. In order to reduce costs for both the IceCaps and other AHL teams, teams traveling to St. John's usually play two games in a row, and the IceCaps will play back-to-back games at the same arena when away from home. A similar situation also existed with the Abbotsford Heat, who were separated by a great distance from other AHL teams as they were the only team in the Pacific Time Zone.[citation needed]

Season-by-season results[edit]

Calder Cup Champions Conference Champions Division Champions League Leader

Records as of June 3, 2014.[17]

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated August 28, 2014.[18][19]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
16 United States Albert, JohnJohn Albert (A) C L 28 2011 Cleveland, Ohio Jets
United States Balisy, ChaseChase Balisy C L 22 2014 Fullerton, California IceCaps
50 Canada Brassard, AustenAusten Brassard RW R 21 2013 Windsor, Ontario Jets
18 Canada Chiarot, BenBen Chiarot D L 23 2011 Hamilton, Ontario Jets
28 Canada Cormier, PatricePatrice Cormier C L 24 2011 Moncton, New Brunswick Jets
7 Canada Fredheim, KrisKris Fredheim D R 27 2013 Campbell River, British Columbia IceCaps
Latvia Freibergs, RalfsRalfs Freibergs D L 23 2014 Riga, Latvia IceCaps
29 Canada Hill, JordanJordan Hill D L 25 2013 Sarnia, Ontario IceCaps
15 Canada Jaffray, JasonJason Jaffray (C) LW L 33 2011 Olds, Alberta IceCaps
8 Canada Kichton, BrendenBrenden Kichton D L 22 2013 Spruce Grove, Alberta Jets
48 Sweden Klingberg, CarlCarl Klingberg LW R 23 2011 Gothenburg, Sweden Jets
34 Canada Lipon, J.C.J.C. Lipon RW R 21 2013 Regina, Saskatchewan Jets
47 Canada Lowry, AdamAdam Lowry C L 21 2013 Calgary, Alberta Jets
19 United States MacKinnon, KyleKyle MacKinnon C L 26 2013 Walnut, California IceCaps
44 Canada Melchiori, JulianJulian Melchiori D L 22 2012 Richmond Hill, Ontario Jets
27 United States O'Neill, WillWill O'Neill D L 26 2012 Salem, Massachusetts Jets
31 Finland Olkinuora, JuhoJuho Olkinuora G L 23 2013 Helsinki, Finland Jets
Canada Owens, ChrisChris Owens D L 25 2014 St. John's, Newfoundland IceCaps
25 Canada Riley, BlairBlair Riley RW R 28 2013 Kamloops, British Columbia IceCaps


Team Captains[edit]

Team records[edit]

Single season[edit]

Goals: Eric O'Dell, 29, (2012–13)
Assists: Jason Jaffray, 33, (2012–13)
Points: Eric O'Dell, 55, (2012–13)
Penalty minutes: Garth Murray, 112, (2011–12)
GAA: Eddie Pasquale, 2.41, (2011–12)
SV%: Eddie Pasquale, .911, (2011–12)

Career[edit]

Career goals: Eric O'Dell, 41, (2011–13)
Career assists: Jason Jaffray, 54, (2011–13)
Career points: Jason Jaffray, 86, (2011–13)
Career penalty minutes: Patrice Cormier, 144, (2011–13)
Career goaltending wins: Eddie Pasquale, 38, (2011–13)
Career shutouts: Eddie Pasquale, 8, (2011–13)
Career games: Carl Klingberg, 132, (2011–13)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jets sign California team as ECHL affiliate". Winnipeg Free Press. 2013-05-30. 
  2. ^ "Moose moniker to crash on the Rock". Winnipeg Free Press. June 4, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Strictly a landlord with AHL team: St. John's". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. June 3, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "AHL returning to St. John's". American Hockey League. June 10, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  5. ^ McGran, Kevin (May 28, 2011). "After Winnipeg, where does NHL go next?". Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Williams behind new AHL team for St. John’s". The Telegram. May 21, 2011. Retrieved June 8, 2011. 
  7. ^ "AHL team closer to coming to St. John's". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. June 1, 2011. Retrieved June 10, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Strictly a landlord with AHL team: St. John's". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. June 3, 2011. Retrieved June 10, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Pro hockey returning to St. John's". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. June 10, 2011. Retrieved June 10, 2011. 
  10. ^ NHL set to play preseason games all over world. The Globe and Mail. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
  11. ^ "Jets Exploring Move of AHL Team from St. John's to Thunder Bay". TSN.ca. January 21, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Jets keeping AHL IceCaps team in St. John's". The Hamilton Spectator. September 3, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "IceCaps usher in new wave of hockey to St. John's". Winnipeg Jets. July 29, 2011. Retrieved July 30, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Moose To Lose Name In St. John's Due To Animal's Deadly Past". The Canadian Press. June 10, 2011. Retrieved July 30, 2011. 
  15. ^ "St. John's Ice Caps, anyone?". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. June 29, 2011. Retrieved July 30, 2011. 
  16. ^ Short, Robin (October 22, 2011). "Game melts away for IceCaps". The Telegram. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  17. ^ Hockeydb.com, St. John's IceCaps season statistics and records.
  18. ^ "stjohnsicecaps.com - Roster". Retrieved 2012-04-20. 
  19. ^ "TheAHL.com - St. John's IceCaps Roster". Retrieved 2012-04-20. 

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