JACKSONVILLE, FL – The ECHL’s newest members in the Jacksonville IceMen have their first NHL/AHL affiliation secured for the 2017-18 season. The IceMen have agreed to terms with the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets and AHL’s Manitoba Moose for the upcoming campaign.
“We are excited to launch our team with the Winnipeg organization,” remarked IceMen President, Bob Ohrablo. “In addition to a strong commitment to development, the Winnipeg organization has successful ties to our Vice President of Hockey Operations/Head Coach Jason Christie, who has been integral in player development for both the Jets and Moose in the past while accumulating the winningest coaching record in ECHL history.”
The Jets move their ECHL affiliation to Jacksonville after agreeing to part ways with their previous agreement with the Tulsa Oilers, whom they shared an affiliation with for the past two seasons. In both seasons, the Oilers did not qualify for the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
“We are pleased to embark on our partnership with the Jacksonville IceMen,” said Craig Heisinger, Senior Vice President & Director of Hockey Operations/Assistant General Manager of the Winnipeg Jets. “The commitment the IceMen ownership has to winning on and off the ice has been unquestioned. We have enjoyed a long and successful relationship with their Head Coach Jason Christie and look forward to him continuing to coach our prospects, as well as add to his ECHL record as the winningest coach in ECHL history.”