IceMen Revived in Jacksonville
The Evansville IceMen last played in the 2015-16 ECHL season and were set to become the Owensboro IceMen before their deal to renovate Owensboro Sports Center in Owensboro, Kentucky fell through. The team sat out the 2016-17 season but announced Wednesday the team will return for the 2016-17 season in a new venue.
The rebranded Jacksonville IceMen will begin play at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena this fall. The arena also hosts the Jacksonville Sharks football team of the National Arena League and the Jacksonville Giants of the American Basketball Association.
The return of the IceMen and the addition of Worcester Railers HC brings the ECHL up to 29 teams for the upcoming season, one less than the 30-team American Hockey League and two less than the 31-team National Hockey League.