JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Icemen announced that the team has entered into a multi-year affiliation agreement with the National Hockey League’s New York Rangers and the American Hockey League’s Hartford Wolf Pack.
“We are excited to partner with one of the NHL’s most iconic franchises as we continue to move forward to bringing the Kelly Cup to Jacksonville,” said Icemen CEO Andy Kaufmann. “We are confident the New York Rangers and the Hartford Wolf Pack will be great partners.”
From 2017-2021, the Icemen served as the official ECHL affiliate for the NHL's Winnipeg Jets and AHL's Manitoba Moose. “The New York Rangers are excited to begin our partnership with the Jacksonville Icemen,” said Chris Drury, Rangers President and General Manager. “We are eager to begin this next chapter of professional hockey in our organization, and we look forward to developing future Rangers players in Jacksonville.”
Today’s announcement adds to an already exciting year ahead for the Icemen organization. In August, the Icemen will begin operation and renovation of the Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex which will be renamed the Icemen Igloo. In addition to a complete renovation of the facility, the team will add a second sheet of ice, a restaurant and bar, an e-sports center and more. In addition, the Icemen and the City of Jacksonville will host the 2022 Warrior ECHL All-Star Classic in January.
“Since coming to our community in 2017, the Jacksonville Icemen have been amazing partners both on and off the ice,” said Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry. “Not only has this team brought exciting, family-friendly action to the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena and Downtown Jacksonville, but they are also investing in our community with the Icemen Igloo development. I look forward to even greater growth and a brighter future for the team in the years ahead in this new partnership with the New York Rangers and Hartford Wolf Pack that will bring exciting new hockey talent to the First Coast.”