- This article is about the current ECHL Evansville IceMen franchise. For the defunct All American Hockey League franchise, see: Evansville IceMen (2008–2010).
|2015–16 ECHL season|
|Home arena||Ford Center|
|Colors||black, navy, white
|Head coach||Al Sims|
|Affiliates||Ottawa Senators (NHL)
Binghamton Senators (AHL)
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 from 1992 to 2008, and Muskegon Lumberjacks from 2008 to 2010. The current IceMen franchise replaced the original Evansville IceMen that were a part of the All American Hockey League before folding in 2010.
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 United States Hockey League would then award an expansion team to Muskegon taking on the name Muskegon Lumberjacks.
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 CHL.
From 2011 to 2013, the IceMen practiced at Swonder, but played home games at the Ford Center.
On May 17, 2012, the IceMen were formally were accepted into the ECHL, with membership to begin in the 2012–13 season. On June 15, 2012, the IceMen announced an affiliation with the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets and its primary AHL affiliate, the Springfield Falcons. 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.
The IceMen announced on June 5, 2014, that they had hired Dwight Mullins as the new head coach and was joined by former Icemen Player Josh Beaulieu as assistant coach. Prior to the 2014–15 season, the IceMen agreed to a new new affiliation contract with the Ottawa Senators and their AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators, after losing their Blue Jackets affiliation. In January 2015, Mullins was replaced by Al Sims due to an unacceptable start to the season (9-16-4).
On November 16, 2015, team owner Ron Geary wrote a letter to the IceMen fans that the team's operating lease with the Ford Center was ending after the 2015–16 season. Despite attempts to negotiate a lease extension with the city since February 2015, the two parties had not yet come to an agreement on new terms with the upcoming December 1 deadline. Evansville has been reported to have been paying the highest rent in the ECHL since moving to the Ford Center in 2011, with as much as $650,000 per season compared to the league median of about $152,000. If a new lease cannot be negotiated by the deadline, Geary has stated the team would likely not operate in Evansville for the 2016–17 season.
|Central Hockey League|
|2010–11||66||21||32||8||5||55||181||242||1240||Did not qualify|
|2011–12||66||40||22||1||3||84||215||192||1390||Lost 1st Round, 0-4 vs. Missouri Mavericks|
|2012–13||72||25||40||3||4||57||207||272||1256||Did not qualify|
|2013–14||72||31||30||4||7||73||226||237||1059||Did not qualify|
|2014–15||72||15||48||6||3||39||169||271||1184||Did not qualify|
- "It's official Lumberjacks hockey in Muskegon". mlive.com. 2010-02-02. Retrieved 2010-02-02.
- Press Release. "Expansion Membership Approved for Evansville". ECHL. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
- Press Release. "IceMen will be affiliated with NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets". Evansville Courier and Press. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
- Press Release. "Rivermen cut ties with Alaska, sign Evansville as ECHL farm club". Peoria Journal Star. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
- "A Letter To IceMen Fans, From Team Owner Ron Geary". Evansville IceMen. November 16, 2015.
- "Evansville's Hockey Team in Jeopardy". OurSportsCentral. November 16, 2015.
- "Evansville IceMen roster". Evansville IceMen. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
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