Professional Hockey Returns To The River City

Jacksonville Icemen Poised To Take The Ice

There is Nothing that brings a community together then the lure of professional sports. Game Days become an event all by itself and the fans LOVE IT.  Baseball. Football. Soccer. Rugby. Hockey. Wait. Did we say Hockey?

Jacksonville the city has really never backed a professional hockey team in the River City. It’s been tried before. Remember the Jacksonville Lizard Kings? Or the Jacksonville Barracudas? How did that end?

The last time Jacksonville had a team was 2008. And the Barracudas we a Good Team. They had a fan base. They were winning. And if you remember, in the Southern Professional Hockey League’s Presidents Cup finals. And then REALITY came into play.  The Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena was booked for Disney on Ice: Princess Wishes forcing the team to play its FINALS game at Jacksonville Ice. You play one game at the Arena in front of over 5000 fans and the next at a Ice Ring that holds 1700. Horrible for the City. Horrible for the club.

A couple of weeks later, the Barracudas suspended operations and eventually folded.

Hockey fans in Jacksonville had reason to hope that a new team would come to the city. The Barracudas had originally played in the old Jacksonville Coliseum before moving into the then-brand new Jacksonville Memorial arena when it opened.

There was talk of a smaller arena to be built to house a new team.

When efforts failed to find a new team right away, the fans still held the hope that hockey would be back soon enough. I doubt that any of them thought it would take nine and a half years for it to happen.

And then Hockey Died in the River City.

Now 9 years later, Hockey Will RETURN!  The formal announcement came in February at the Arena Club, with ECHL commissioner Brian McKenna, IceMen owner Ron Geary, team president Bob Ohrablo and members of an advisory board that includes former mayor John Delaney and area businessmen who provide what Ohrablo called “a local stake” in seeing the IceMen last longer than the previous ECHL team, the Lizard Kings, who played in Jacksonville from 1995-2000.

With a Better deal in place then any Jacksonville Team, the Icemen are poised to bring the sport back!

“We studied the market, including the history of past teams, and we’ve always looked at Jacksonville as a potential hockey city,” Ohrablo said. “We’re not coming in to say ‘we’re making a profit in year one.’ We’re coming in on a long-term business plan that will make sure we get through the startup situation. A group of local people have come to us and said, ‘we’re with you … we want to help you make it.’”

The wait, almost 10 years is almost over. On October 14, 2017 the Icemen host the Orlando Solar Bears, their in-state rivals and Hockey will return to the RIVER CITY. What will fans find?  LockedIN Magazine believes that HOCKEY IS BACK FOR GOOD!

Saturday
Oct 14, 2017
7:30PM
Jacksonville IceMen vs. Orlando Solar Bears JacksonvilleFL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Tickets
Saturday
Oct 21, 2017
7:30PM
Jacksonville IceMen vs. South Carolina Stingrays JacksonvilleFL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Tickets
Thursday
Oct 26, 2017
7:30PM
Jacksonville IceMen vs. Atlanta Gladiators JacksonvilleFL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Tickets
Tuesday
Nov 14, 2017
10:30AM
Jacksonville IceMen vs. South Carolina Stingrays JacksonvilleFL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Tickets
Friday
Nov 17, 2017
7:30PM
Jacksonville IceMen vs. Florida Everblades JacksonvilleFL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Tickets
Saturday
Nov 18, 2017
7:00PM
Florida Everblades vs. Jacksonville IceMen EsteroFL
Germain Arena
Tickets
Tuesday
Nov 21, 2017
7:00PM
Orlando Solar Bears vs. Jacksonville IceMen OrlandoFL
Amway Center
Tickets
Wednesday
Nov 22, 2017
7:30PM
Jacksonville IceMen vs. Orlando Solar Bears JacksonvilleFL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Tickets
Friday
Nov 24, 2017
7:30PM
Jacksonville IceMen vs. Atlanta Gladiators JacksonvilleFL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Tickets
Tuesday
Nov 28, 2017
7:30PM
Jacksonville IceMen vs. Orlando Solar Bears JacksonvilleFL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Tickets
Thursday
Nov 30, 2017
7:30PM
Jacksonville IceMen vs. Norfolk Admirals JacksonvilleFL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Tickets
Saturday
Dec 02, 2017
7:30PM
Jacksonville IceMen vs. Norfolk Admirals JacksonvilleFL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Tickets
Friday
Dec 08, 2017
7:30PM
Florida Everblades vs. Jacksonville IceMen EsteroFL
Germain Arena
Tickets
Saturday
Dec 09, 2017
7:00PM
Florida Everblades vs. Jacksonville IceMen EsteroFL
Germain Arena
Tickets
Wednesday
Dec 13, 2017
7:30PM
Jacksonville IceMen vs. Manchester Monarchs JacksonvilleFL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
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Saturday
Dec 16, 2017
7:30PM
Jacksonville IceMen vs. Greenville Swamp Rabbits JacksonvilleFL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Tickets
Wednesday
Dec 20, 2017
7:30PM
Florida Everblades vs. Jacksonville IceMen EsteroFL
Germain Arena
Tickets
Thursday
Dec 21, 2017
7:30PM
Jacksonville IceMen vs. Atlanta Gladiators JacksonvilleFL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Tickets
Wednesday
Dec 27, 2017
7:00PM
Orlando Solar Bears vs. Jacksonville IceMen OrlandoFL
Amway Center
Tickets
Wednesday
Jan 03, 2018
7:30PM
Jacksonville IceMen vs. Atlanta Gladiators JacksonvilleFL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Tickets
Friday
Jan 05, 2018
7:30PM
Jacksonville IceMen vs. Orlando Solar Bears JacksonvilleFL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Tickets
Saturday
Jan 06, 2018
7:30PM
Jacksonville IceMen vs. Orlando Solar Bears JacksonvilleFL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Tickets
Sunday
Jan 07, 2018
1:30PM
Orlando Solar Bears vs. Jacksonville IceMen OrlandoFL
Amway Center
Tickets
Wednesday
Jan 10, 2018
7:30PM
Jacksonville IceMen vs. Greenville Swamp Rabbits JacksonvilleFL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Tickets
Friday
Jan 12, 2018
7:30PM
Florida Everblades vs. Jacksonville IceMen EsteroFL
Germain Arena
Tickets
Saturday
Jan 13, 2018
7:30PM
Jacksonville IceMen vs. Florida Everblades JacksonvilleFL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Tickets
Wednesday
Jan 24, 2018
7:30PM
Jacksonville IceMen vs. South Carolina Stingrays JacksonvilleFL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Tickets
Friday
Jan 26, 2018
7:30PM
Jacksonville IceMen vs. Greenville Swamp Rabbits JacksonvilleFL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Tickets
Saturday
Jan 27, 2018
7:30PM
Jacksonville IceMen vs. Greenville Swamp Rabbits JacksonvilleFL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Tickets
Sunday
Jan 28, 2018
3:00PM
Jacksonville IceMen vs. Greenville Swamp Rabbits JacksonvilleFL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Tickets
Friday
Feb 02, 2018
7:30PM
Jacksonville IceMen vs. Atlanta Gladiators JacksonvilleFL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Tickets
Saturday
Feb 03, 2018
7:30PM
Jacksonville IceMen vs. South Carolina Stingrays JacksonvilleFL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Tickets
Friday
Feb 09, 2018
7:30PM
Jacksonville IceMen vs. Atlanta Gladiators JacksonvilleFL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Tickets
Saturday
Feb 10, 2018
7:30PM
Jacksonville IceMen vs. Atlanta Gladiators JacksonvilleFL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Tickets
Sunday
Feb 11, 2018
3:00PM
Jacksonville IceMen vs. Allen Americans JacksonvilleFL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Tickets
Friday
Feb 23, 2018
7:30PM
Jacksonville IceMen vs. Norfolk Admirals JacksonvilleFL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Tickets
Saturday
Feb 24, 2018
7:00PM
Florida Everblades vs. Jacksonville IceMen EsteroFL
Germain Arena
Tickets
Sunday
Feb 25, 2018
3:00PM
Jacksonville IceMen vs. Brampton Beast JacksonvilleFL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Tickets
Wednesday
Feb 28, 2018
7:30PM
Florida Everblades vs. Jacksonville IceMen EsteroFL
Germain Arena
Tickets
Friday
Mar 02, 2018
7:30PM
Jacksonville IceMen vs. Reading Royals JacksonvilleFL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Tickets
Friday
Mar 09, 2018
7:30PM
Jacksonville IceMen vs. Florida Everblades JacksonvilleFL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Tickets
Saturday
Mar 10, 2018
7:30PM
Jacksonville IceMen vs. Florida Everblades JacksonvilleFL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Tickets
Thursday
Mar 29, 2018
7:00PM
Orlando Solar Bears vs. Jacksonville IceMen OrlandoFL
Amway Center
Tickets
Friday
Mar 30, 2018
7:30PM
Jacksonville IceMen vs. South Carolina Stingrays JacksonvilleFL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Tickets
Saturday
Mar 31, 2018
7:30PM
Jacksonville IceMen vs. South Carolina Stingrays JacksonvilleFL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Tickets
Thursday
Apr 05, 2018
7:30PM
Jacksonville IceMen vs. Florida Everblades JacksonvilleFL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Tickets
Friday
Apr 06, 2018
7:30PM
Jacksonville IceMen vs. Florida Everblades JacksonvilleFL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Tickets
Saturday
Apr 07, 2018
7:00PM
Florida Everblades vs. Jacksonville IceMen EsteroFL
Germain Arena

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