St. John's IceCaps

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St. John's IceCaps
2016–17 AHL season
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City St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
League American Hockey League
Conference Eastern
Division North
Founded 1969 (Current franchise)
1994 (As a member of the IHL) (First franchise)
Operated 2011–present
Home arena Mile One Centre
Colours Red, white and blue
Owner(s) Danny Williams
General manager Marc Bergevin
Head coach Sylvain Lefebvre
Captain Gabriel Dumont
Media This Is Newfoundland
Affiliates Montreal Canadiens (NHL)
Brampton Beast (ECHL)
Franchise history
First franchise
1994–1996 Minnesota Moose
1996–2011 Manitoba Moose
2011–2015 St. John's IceCaps
2015–present Manitoba Moose
Current franchise
Montreal Voyageurs
Nova Scotia Voyageurs
Sherbrooke Canadiens
Fredericton Canadiens
1999–2002 Quebec Citadelles
2002–2015 Hamilton Bulldogs
2015–present St. John's IceCaps
beginning in 2017 Laval AHL team
Regular season titles 0
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 North Division of the Eastern Conference of the American Hockey League (AHL). The team was originally affiliated with the second incarnation of the Winnipeg Jets from 2011 to 2015. However, beginning in the 2015–16 AHL season, they became the top affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL) after the Jets relocated their franchise back to Manitoba and the Canadiens moved the former Hamilton Bulldogs franchise to St. John's. The IceCaps are also affiliated with the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.


Winnipeg Jets franchise (2011–2015)[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.[1] 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.[2][3][4] The AHL Board of Governors unanimously approved the franchise's relocation to St. John's on June 20, 2011.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7]

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.

Montreal Canadiens franchise (2015–2017)[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 to find another team to bring to Newfoundland should the IceCaps leave.[8]

In September 2014, True North and Williams' group agreed to extend their affiliation agreement through the 2015–16 season.[9] William's group announced in March 2015 that the Hamilton Bulldogs franchise would relocate to Newfoundland for the 2015–16 season as the primary affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens through the 2016–17 season, retaining the "IceCaps" moniker, and True North's franchise would move back to Winnipeg as the Manitoba Moose.[10][11] This affiliation was expected to only last until construction on Place Bell arena in Laval, Quebec was completed. On July 11, 2016, the Canadiens confirmed they will relocate their AHL franchise to Laval for the 2017–18 season.[12] Danny Williams announced on the same day his intentions to find a replacement franchise with the AHL or another league.[13]

Team information[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.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16] The official announcement was made on July 29, 2011.[14]

Logos and uniforms[edit]

The jerseys of the St. John's IceCaps, from 2011 to 2015 (while the franchise was owned by the Winnipeg Jets)

The St. John's IceCaps' colours were aviator blue, white, polar night blue, and silver; the same colours used by the Winnipeg Jets, their parent club. The IceCaps' home uniform was a white jersey with a polar night blue collar with aviator blue and silver trim, while their away uniform was a polar night blue jersey with aviator blue and silver trim, with the IceCaps logo placed on the front. These jerseys were styled from the Winnipeg Jets' jerseys. The IceCaps' jerseys also included the Winnipeg Jets' primary logo on the shoulder. The new IceCaps jersey with Montreal Canadiens' colours were revealed during the summer of 2015.


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.[17]


Newfoundland's isolated location in the easternmost part of Canada presented travel difficulties for teams flying to and from St. John's. Most flights to St. John's required a connection at Montréal or Toronto, which added 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 played two games in a row.[citation needed]

Season-by-season results[edit]

Calder Cup Champions Conference Champions Division Champions League Leader

Records as of April 21, 2015.[18]


Current roster[edit]

Updated July 3, 2016.[19][20]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
26 United States Audette, DanielDaniel Audette C L 20 2015 Buffalo, New York Canadiens
Canada Blain, JeremieJeremie Blain D R 24 2016 Longueuil, Quebec IceCaps
29 France Bozon, TimTim Bozon LW L 22 2015 St. Louis, Missouri Canadiens
34 Canada Brown, TravisTravis Brown (UFA) D L 22 2015 Winnipeg, Manitoba IceCaps
23 Canada Crisp, ConnorConnor Crisp C L 22 2015 Alliston, Ontario Canadiens
20 Sweden de la Rose, JacobJacob de la Rose LW L 21 2015 Arvika, Sweden Canadiens
3 United States Didier, JosiahJosiah Didier D R 23 2015 Littleton, Colorado IceCaps
38 Germany Eisenschmid, MarkusMarkus Eisenschmid (UFA) C R 21 2015 Marktoberdorf, Germany IceCaps
12 Sweden Friberg, MaxMax Friberg LW R 23 2016 Skovde, Sweden Canadiens
31 Canada Fucale, ZacharyZachary Fucale G L 21 2015 Rosemère, Quebec Canadiens
37 Canada Gregoire, JeremyJeremy Gregoire C R 24 2015 Sherbrooke, Quebec Canadiens
15 Canada Hanley, JoelJoel Hanley D R 25 2015 Keswick, Ontario Canadiens
10 Canada Hudon, CharlesCharles Hudon LW L 22 2015 Alma, Quebec Canadiens
36 Canada Johnston, RyanRyan Johnston D R 24 2015 Sudbury, Ontario Canadiens
14 Canada Lernout, BrettBrett Lernout D R 20 2015 Winnipeg, Manitoba Canadiens
19 Canada Lessio, LucasLucas Lessio (UFA) LW L 26 2015 Maple, Ontario Canadiens
35 United States Lindgren, CharlieCharlie Lindgren G R 22 2016 Lakeville, Minnesota Canadiens
16 Canada MacMillan, MarkMark MacMillan C L 24 2015 Penticton, British Columbia Canadiens
25 United States McCarron, MichaelMichael McCarron RW R 21 2015 Grosse Pointe, Michigan Canadiens
24 United States McNally, BrandonBrandon McNally (UFA) LW L 24 2015 Saugus, Massachusetts IceCaps
18 Canada Miceli, AngeloAngelo Miceli (UFA) C L 22 2015 Montreal, Quebec IceCaps
17 Russia Scherbak, NikitaNikita Scherbak RW L 20 2015 Moscow, Russia Canadiens
33 Canada Scott, JohnJohn Scott (UFA) LW L 33 2016 Edmonton, Alberta Canadiens
6 Canada Thrower, DaltonDalton Thrower D R 22 2015 Squamish, British Columbia Canadiens

Team captains[edit]

Team records[edit]

Single season[edit]

Goals: Eric O'Dell, 29, (2012–13)
Assists: Jason Jaffray, 41, (2013–14)
Points: Jason Jaffray, 59, (2013–14)
Goals, Defense: Paul Postma, 13, (2011–12)
Assists, Defense: Brenden Kichton (2013–14), Will O'Neill (2014–15), 38
Points, Defense: Brenden Kichton (2013–14), Will O'Neill (2014–15), 48
Penalty minutes: J.C. Lipon, 163, (2014–15)
GAA: Michael Hutchinson, 2.30, (2013–14)
SV%: Michael Hutchinson, .923, (2013–14)

Goaltender stats (min. 20 games played for the season)


Career goals: Eric O'Dell, 72, (2011–15)
Career assists: Jason Jaffrey, 105, (2011–15)
Career points: Jason Jaffray, 167, (2011–15)
Career playoff goals: Eric O'Dell , 9, (2011–14)
Career playoff points: Andrew Gordon, 19, (2013–14)
Career playoff assists: Zach Redmond, 14, (2011–14)
Career penalty minutes: Patrice Cormier, 316, (2011–15)
Career goaltending wins: Eddie Pasquale, 55, (2011–14)
Career shutouts: Eddie Pasquale, 9, (2011–14)
Career games: Carl Klingberg, 248, (2011–15)


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  20. ^ " - St. John's IceCaps Roster". Retrieved 2016-07-03. 

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