Odessa Jackalopes

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This article is about the current Odessa Jackalopes of the NAHL. For the original WPHL/CHL franchise of same name, see: Odessa Jackalopes (1997–2011).
Odessa Jackalopes
Odessa Jackalopes Logo.svg
City Odessa, Texas
League NAHL
Division South
Founded 2008
Home arena Ector County Coliseum
Colors Red, Black, Purple, Blue
General manager Greg Gatto (2014)
Head coach Greg Gatto
Affiliates Lockport Express (NA3HL)
Franchise history
2008–2011 Owatonna Express
2011–present Odessa Jackalopes
Championships
Regular season titles 0
Division Championships 0
Conference Championships 0

The Odessa Jackalopes are a Tier II junior ice hockey team playing in the North American Hockey League (NAHL). The team is based in Odessa, Texas and plays their home games at Ector County Coliseum. Jackalopes games are broadcast on the radio on KFZX.

History[edit]

Owatonna Express logo (2008-2011)

The franchise first played as the Owatonna Express in Owatonna, Minnesota, in 2008 replacing the recently relocated Southern Minnesota Express. The Express played their home games at the Four Seasons Centre at the Steele County Fairgrounds.[1] The Express played in the Central Division for three season from 2008-2011 until the team was sold to the Odessa Jackalopes in 2011.[2]

A previous minor professional hockey franchise known as the Odessa Jackalopes played in the Western Professional Hockey League and Central Hockey League from 1997 to 2011.[3]

Season-by-season records[edit]

Season GP W L OTL Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
Owatonna Express
2008–09 58 29 24 5 63 214 189 812 3rd of 5, Central Lost in 2nd Round
2009–10 58 32 22 4 68 188 190 843 2nd of 5, Central Lost in 1st Round
2010–11 58 32 19 7 71 175 179 985 3rd of 6, Central Lost Div. Semifinals
Odessa Jackalopes
2011–12 60 27 28 5 59 153 176 1,036 4th of 7, South Lost Div. Semifinals
2012–13 60 6 51 3 15 121 309 1315 6th of 6, South Did not qualify
2013–14 60 15 40 5 35 123 217 1149 7th of 7, South Did not qualify
2014–15 60 15 38 7 37 172 261 1492 8th of 8, South Did not qualify
2015–16 60 27 29 4 58 185 218 1315 4th of 6, South Lost Div. Semifinals

Playoffs[edit]

  • 2009
First Round – Owatonna Express defeated North Iowa Outlaws, 3-games-to-1
Second Round – Bismarck Bobcats defeated Owatonna Express, 3-games-to-2
  • 2010
First Round – Alexandria Blizzard defeated Owatonna Express, 3-games-to-1
  • 2011
Division Semifinals – Coulee Region Chill defeated Owatonna Express, 3-games-to-1
  • 2012
Division Semifinals – Amarillo Bulls defeated Odessa Jackalopes, 3-games-to-1
  • 2016
Division Semifinals – Wichita Falls Wildcats defeated Odessa Jackalopes, 3-games-to-0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Express sold, will move to Texas after season". Owatonna People's Press. 2011-02-28. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  2. ^ "NAHL approves sale, relocation of Owatonna membership". NAHL. Retrieved May 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Central Hockey League: Jacks confirm move to North American Hockey League". Odessa American. 2011-03-01. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 

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