Evansville IceMen

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The Evansville IceMen are a minor league ice hockey team in the ECHL. The team was originally a member of the International Hockey League before it merged into the Central Hockey League in 2010. The franchise has won four post-season championship titles in the UHL in 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2005. Formerly playing at the Swonder Ice Arena, since the 2011–12 season the IceMen have played at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana.

The IceMen were formerly known as the Muskegon Fury (1992-2008), and Muskegon Lumberjacks (2008–2010). The current IceMen franchise replaced the original Evansville IceMen (2008–2010) that were a part of the All American Hockey League before folding in 2010.

History

On February 8, 2010 it was announced that the Muskegon Lumberjacks would move to Evansville, Indiana as the Evansville IceMen at the conclusion of the 2009–10 International Hockey League season, replacing the team with the same name. The dormant Rochester Mustangs franchise of the USHL would move to Muskegon taking on the name Muskegon Lumberjacks.

On July 13, 2010, the International Hockey League merged with the Central Hockey League, retaining the name Central Hockey League. The merger had the Bloomington PrairieThunder, Dayton Gems, Evansville IceMen, Fort Wayne Komets and Quad City Mallards IHL franchises move to the Northern Conference of the new combined IHL/CHL.

Starting with the 2011-2012 season, the IceMen practice at Swonder, but play home games at the Ford Center.

The current Evansville IceMen replace the defunct Evansville IceMen (2008–2010) of the All American Hockey League. The former IceMen team ceased operation after winning the Rod Davidson Cup during the 2009-2010 season.

On May 17, 2012, the IceMen formally were accepted into the ECHL, with membership to begin in the 2012–13 season.On June 15, 2012, the IceMen announced an affiliation with the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets and primary affiliate, the Springfield Falcons.Before the resumption of the new season on August 30, 2012 the Peoria Rivermen announced that the IceMen would be their ECHL farm club, cutting ties with the Alaska Aces. This will make the IceMen the AA affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Starting with the 2013-2014 season, the IceMen will no longer practice at Swonder, but will practice at the Ford Center.

After two seasons in the ECHL Eastern Conference, in June 2014 the IceMen were moved to the newly-created Midwest Division in the ECHL’s Western Conference. The conference includes the newly created Indy Fuel, The Kalamazoo Wings, The Fort Wayne Komets, The Colorado Eagles, And of course The Icemen.

The Icemen announced on June 5th 2014, that they had hired Dwight Mullins as the new Head Coach of the Icemen, as announced at a later date, He would join former Icemen Player Josh Beaulieu behind the bench, as Josh was inked as assistant coach. they will join Director of Hockey Administration/Coordinator of Injury Management Brian Patafie, Equipment Manager Jim Beabout, and Assistant Equipment Manager Caden Patafie in the Icemen Locker Room.

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