In the future, we'll also offer features such as Hockey 101 and an expanded Team History.
Season 1: 2008-2009 (1st AAHA Season)
The Evansville IceMen first hit the ice in 2008 as a member of the upstart All-American Hockey Association, a "Low A" minor professional league. With Evansville's Roberts Stadium unable to host ice hockey, the team played its home games at Swonder Ice Arena, the city's only recreational ice rink. Fans routinely packed Swonder's 1500 seats despite the team's struggles on the ice, as Head Coach Jason Reichart's IceMen finished their inaugural season 16-26-0 but as the league's leaders in attendance. With all 4 of the AAHA's teams participating in the playoffs, Evansville was swept by the Battle Creek Revolution in the first round. Regardless, it was clear that hockey was alive and well in Evansville.
Season 2: 2009-2010 (2nd AAHL Season)
The IceMen and new Head Coach Jack Collins finished the regular season 20-23-3 in the renamed All-American Hockey League's second campaign, but got hot when it mattered. Evansville won its last 4 regular-season games, then got revenge against the Revolution in the playoffs' Best-of-5 opening round thanks to a 3-1 series victory. In the Best-of-7 Davidson Cup Finals, the IceMen defeated the West Michigan Blizzard in 5 games to claim the championship on home ice in front of an elated capacity crowd. Watch the entire Davidson Cup championship celebration here!
Season 3: 2010-2011 (1st CHL Season)
Evansville would not go on to defend its AAHL title, however, because the IceMen moved up to the "Low-AA" Central Hockey League for the 2010-2011 season. Former NHL player and longtime minor-league bench boss Rich Kromm was hired as the Evansville's new Head Coach and General Manager. The team continued to draw well at the box office but struggled in the standings, finishing last in the league with a 21-32-13 record. The season did end on a high note, as the team's final home game at Swonder (on March 26 with a record standing-room only crowd of 1704) was a 1-0 blanking of the Bloomington PrairieThunder - the first-ever home shutout in franchise history.
Season 4: 2011-2012 (2nd CHL Season)
Kromm and the IceMen took the show downtown for the 2011-2012 season, as the City of Evansville finally replaced the antiquated Roberts Stadium with a new state-of-the-art arena dubbed the Ford Center. It was there that Evansville truly fell in love with its hockey team, as the IceMen played to 4 crowds of more than 8000 people and ultimately finished an impressive 4th in CHL attendance in just their 4th season of existence. On the ice, the IceMen finally put together their first winning record in the regular season, finishing 4th overall at 40-22-4. Evansville was swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Missouri Mavericks, but the team's first season at the Ford Center was still undoubtedly an overwhelming success.
Season 5: 2012-2013 (1st ECHL Season)
In the summer of 2012, the IceMen continued to move up the hockey ladder by signing a 10-year contract with the "High-AA" ECHL. The 2012-2013 season was the team's first in the league, and Evansville inked one-year affiliation deals with both the Columbus Blue Jackets and the St. Louis Blues. The IceMen finished in the ECHL's Eastern Conference cellar with a 25-40-7 record after battling a litany of injuries, a barrage of affiliate transactions, and uncertainty surrounding the NHL lockout. However, Evansville's fan support continued to grow, as the IceMen drew 5415 fans per home game and finished an impressive 7th in the league in average attendance.
Season 6: 2013-2014 (2nd ECHL Season)
The IceMen scaled back to a single NHL affiliation in 2013-14, severing ties with the Blues but continuing to work as the ECHL affiliate for the Blue Jackets and their AHL affiliate, the Springfield Falcons. Longtime ECHL coach Jeff Pyle replaced Kromm behind the bench, and the IceMen roared out of the gate with a 21-9-8 start that gave them sole possession of first place in the North Division in late January. But then the wheels fell off, as ailments quickly mounted (including sustaining long-term injuries to four key players in a single game) and Evansville stumbled home with a 10-21-3 record down the stretch. Despite finishing 10th in the conference and missing the Kelly Cup playoffs for the second straight season, the IceMen improved to 5th in the 22-team ECHL in attendance.
Season 7: 2014-2015 (3rd ECHL Season)
Evansville's third season in the ECHL began with another round of changes - starting behind the bench, where Dwight Mullins replaced Pyle. The IceMen also ended their relationship with Columbus and Springfield, inking a two-year affiliation deal with the NHL's Ottawa Senators and the AHL's Binghamton Senators. But the team stumbled right out of the gate, and Mullins was fired after a 9-16-4 start. Championship-winning veteran coach Al Sims was hired to replace Mullins, but the injury-plagued (again) IceMen were unable to turn things around and ultimately finished the season 15-48-9, the worst 72-game performance in the ECHL in 10 seasons. On the plus side, goaltender Chris Driedger spent much of the season in Evansville before making his NHL debut with Ottawa on March 26, becoming the first player to ever play in an NHL game after playing for the IceMen. And despite the team's on-ice struggles (it was easily the worst season at any level in franchise history), the IceMen averaged more than 5000 fans per game for the third straight season.
The IceMen have been owned by Ron Geary since the franchise's inception in 2008. The current Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations is Al Sims, and the Chief Operating Officer is Jim Riggs. The team serves as the ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Ottawa Senators and the AHL's Binghamton Senators. All home games are played at the Ford Center, with Swonder Ice Arena serving as the team's primary practice facility. For information about tickets and arena seating, please scroll down!
PHN = For ProHockeyNews.com JC = For JacketsCannon.com STLGT = For StLouisGameTime.com
(Features with the date in bold are Shocker's most-recommended)
[Ongoing] "IceMen Insights" Podcasts (FREE)
[Ongoing] The Hoosier Hockey Championship Belt (2014-15)
[10-17-14] 2014-15 IceMen Season Preview [PHN]
[10-7-14] ECHL Absorbs CHL; New Divisions & Schedule Announced
[10-3-14] IceMen Unveil New Jersey Suite for 2014-15 Season
[9-9-14] IceMen Announce Affiliation with Ottawa
[7-30-14] IceMen Radio Home Moves to ESPN Evansville (105.3 WJLT)
[6-5-14] IceMen Hire Dwight Mullins as New Head Coach
[5-7-14] 2013-14 Season Recap (2/2) - Affiliation Wrap-Up [JC]
[4-23-14] 2013-14 Season Recap (1/2) - Pyle Out as Coach [PHN]
[3-26-14] Schepke Ponders Retirement after Fulfilling Career [PHN]
[2-28-14] The IceMen All-Unavailable Team
[2-7-14] Beaulieu is Perfect Fit as IceMen Captain [PHN]
[1-16-14] Examining the Allen York Trade [JC]
[1-13-14] Trivia from the ECHL Record Book
[11-7-13] A Dream Comes True for Craig MacDonald
[10-2-13] IceMenManiacs.com Affiliates with JacketsCannon.com [JC]
[9-18-13] 2013-14 IceMen Season Preview [PHN]
[9-5-13] Book Review: "Between the Lines"
[7-31-13] The First IceMen Radio Broadcasts
[7-18-13] Evansville to host 2014 ECHL Booster Club Jamboree
[7-16-13] IceMen renew affiliation with Columbus
[7-2-13] Up for Bid: The 2014 ECHL All-Star Game
[6-26-13] Hoosier Hockey in the Hall of Fame
[4-15-13] 2012-13 Season Recap (3/3) - Top 5x5
[4-11-13] Rich Kromm Out; Jeff Pyle In
[4-9-13] 2012-13 Season Recap (2/3) - Evaluating Affiliations
[4-1-13] 2012-13 Season Recap (1/3) - The Perfect Storm [PHN]
[2-13-13] In the ECHL, it's not "All About the Benjamins" [PHN]
[10-12-12] 2012-2013 IceMen Season Preview [PHN]
[10-9-12] Luring Blues Fans to Evansville [STLGT]
[10-4-12] Examining IceMen Attendance (2011-12)
[9-5-12] A Blues Fan's Guide to the IceMen [STLGT]
[8-30-12] IceMen affiliate with NHL's St. Louis Blues
[8-22-12] Book Review: "The Code"
[8-13-12] IceMen Season at a Glance: 2012-2013
[8-1-12] Inside the IceMen: Stephen Rickard (Promo Announcer)
[6-15-12] IceMen affiliate with NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets
[6-2-12] The Best of the 1st Year of IceMenManiacs.com
[5-17-12] IceMenManiacs.com's "ECHL 101" Primer
[5-8-12] Hockey & Hashtags: The IceMen/Komets Rivalry
[4-12-12] Looking Back at the 2011-2012 IceMen Season [PHN]
[3-21-12] What's In A Name? (The Meaning of "IceMen")
[2-16-12] How Many Seats? (Ford Center Stats)
[1-20-12] Inside the IceMen: Tommy Mason (PA Announcer)
[12-2-11] Merger would give AA more juice
[11-22-11] Sat. Nov. 5, 2011: A Special Night in Evansville [PHN]
[9-29-11] IceMenManiacs.com Goes "National" [PHN]
[9-2-11] The Sane Side of Darren Seid
[8-14-11] The 2011 CHL Booster Club Convention
[8-13-11] Going Downtown: Inside the Arena Contract
[7-14-11] New IceMen Logo & Jerseys (Exclusive Video)
[6-4-11] Beginnings: The Origins of IceMenManiacs.com
True IceMen Maniacs find a way to make every IceMen home game fun, whether the team is winning or losing. Over the years, we've developed a large collection of regular chants and taunts for home games. Some are aimed at cheering on the IceMen, while others are designed to heckle the officials or get under the skin of the opposition. But they all have one thing in common - the overall goal is to enhance the atmosphere at the Ford Center during home games and make sure all fans have a good time.
Some of the chants are prompted by public address announcements or specific songs, while others are spearheaded by Section 117, a.k.a. "The Asylum." For the latter, the Maniacs typically follow the cues of IceMen superfan Brad Perkins, who you probably know of even if you don't actually know him. He's the guy in the top row of 117 who never sits down and is almost always wearing facepaint. He lives and breathes IceMen hockey, and even got married on the ice between periods at a home game a few years ago.
We can't stress enough that even though most of the chants originate from "The Asylum," ALL fans at the Ford Center (no matter where you're sitting) are welcome and encouraged to join in. So if you're new or shy or just not sure what to chant and when, we're here to help!
We've put together a complete listing of the organized chants that are routinely used at IceMen home games. Download it, print it off, and bring it with you to the Ford Center - then you can join in with confidence and have even more fun at the game!
(The file is in PDF format. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required.)
Sept. 11-13 - Free Agent Camp at Swonder Ice Arena
(Public Scrimmages: Saturday at 3:15 PM & 7:00 PM; Sunday at 10:00 AM)
Thu. Oct. 1 - Training Camp Begins at the Ford Center
(Players Report on Wed. Sept. 30)
Tue. Oct. 6 (6:15 PM CT) - Public Intra-Squad Scrimmage at Owensboro's Edge Ice Center
(FREE but donations for OYHA will be accepted)
Fri. Oct. 9 (8:00 PM ET) - Exhibition Game at Fort Wayne
Sat. Oct. 10 (7:30 PM ET) - Exhibition Game at Fort Wayne
2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON:
Below are 2 graphic versions of the 2015-2016 IceMen regular season schedule.
The first is a full-color calendar version, perfect for the refrigerator or bulletin board.
The second is a printer-friendly black-and-white text version, which includes road game times.
To download or print either graphic, simply click on it and the graphic will open by itself in a new window.
Save it, print it, share it!
Evansville Thunderbolts Schedule
For the benefit of fans who also want to support the Evansville Thunderbolts NA3HL (Tier III Junior A) team,
IceMenManiacs.com also offers a graphic version of the 2015-16 Thunderbolts schedule.
Now it's super easy to figure out which Thunderbolts home games don't conflict with IceMen home games!
To download or print, simply click on the graphic and it will open by itself in a new window.
Save it, print it, share it!
Evansville IceMen on the Radio
The Evansville IceMen are proud to call ESPN Evansville (105.3 WJLT) their radio home. According to the team office, the IceMen are the only team in the ECHL with an ESPN Radio affiliate as their flagship radio station!
IceMen Director of Media Relations & Broadcaster John Peterson calls all of the action on TownSquare Media's 50,000-watt powerhouse, which can be heard over-the-air at 105.3 FM throughout the entire Tri-State area - including as far away as Vincennes, Jasper, Tell City, Owensboro, Madisonville, and most of southeastern Illinois. All IceMen broadcasts are also available worldwide on ESPNEvansville.com.
Because WJLT is contractually obligated to air Indianapolis Colts games and select ESPN Radio network-wide live game broadcasts (such as the World Series), a small number of IceMen games will not air on ESPN Evansville. In those instances, TownSquare Media will make every effort to shift the IceMen broadcast over to 1280-AM WGBF and NewsTalk1280.com.
SECONDARY STREAM: 1280-AM WGBF
Click Here for ECHL.com's list of radio streams for all other ECHL teams.
NeuLion's ECHL TV (Online PPV)
NeuLion is the ECHL's exclusive online pay-per-view video provider, offering LIVE video broadcasts for every ECHL game. Fans can purchase a single game, or choose from a variety of packages that offer significant savings compared to the standard per-game rate. Broadcasts are available for both PC and Mac, and a wide variety of mobile devices. NeuLion also works extensively with both the NHL and AHL, as well as the NFL, the NBA and WNBA, MLS, and the UFC!
Located at the corner of 6th & Main, the arena seats a maximum of 9437 fans for hockey.
(Click here for our exclusive breakdown of the facility's capacities, with lots of interesting info and stats.)
Following are a detailed Ford Center seating chart, parking info for Ford Center events,
and Evansville IceMen ticket information for the 2014-2015 ECHL season...
NOTE: Ticket pricing info for the 2015-16 season will be added soon!
To purchase a season ticket plan, or to inquire about any other ticket information:
Call the IceMen office at 812-421-GOAL or visit the office during regular business hours.
(The IceMen office is located just a stone's throw from the Ford Center, at 530 Main St.)
Please note: The IceMen office does NOT sell individual single-game tickets.
Single-game tickets are available for purchase at the Ford Center box office or via Ticketmaster at any
authorized Ticketmaster box office or retail outlet nationwide. (CLICK HERE to find a location near you.)
You can also purchase tickets online via Ticketmaster.com's IceMen Event Listings.
Ticketmaster.com now allows you to select your seats, so you can pick exactly where you want to sit.
(Ticketmaster does assess additional fees to all purchases, online and otherwise. See above graphic for details.)
The Ford Center box office is open weekdays from 10 AM to 5 PM, with additional hours on event days/nights.
Please note: The Ford Center is NOT a Ticketmaster outlet. (The box office only sells tickets for Ford Center events.)
[The Old National Events Plaza (formerly The Centre), across MLK Blvd from the Ford Center, IS a Ticketmaster outlet.]
Click Here for ECHL.com's list of ticket info links for all other ECHL teams.
There are more than 3000 parking spots within an easy walk of the Ford Center in Downtown Evansville, and more than half of them are FREE for most IceMen games...
$5 Parking Garages: If you wish to pay the standard $5 event rate, you can park in one of three city-owned garages that are within 2-4 blocks of the Ford Center. (You can find them on the above map - on Locust between 4th and 5th, on Sycamore between 5th and 6th, and on 3rd between Locust and Walnut.) These garages contain more than 1600 total parking spaces, and are monitored by local police during most arena events.
FREE Civic Center Lot: Many IceMen fans take advantage of the FREE Civic Center Parking Lot, a.k.a. "The Back 40 Lot." With its closest parking spots less than 500 feet from the Ford Center, the Civic Center lot is a prime location for IceMen games - and the spot for tailgating before select games as well! Come early though, because the lot's 1100+ spaces can fill up fast - especially for Friday and Saturday games, and when major events are also being held at the Old National Events Plaza (formerly "The Centre") and/or the Victory Theatre. (FYI: Click here for a calendar of upcoming events at the Old National Events Plaza, and click here for a calendar of upcoming events at the Victory Theatre.) You can find the Civic Center Lot along the right edge of the above map. [If using a GPS to find your way to the lot, use "1000 Walnut St." (ZIP 47713) as your destination address.]
FREE Street Parking: Over 600 parking spots can be found near the Ford Center on the streets of Downtown Evansville, and they're almost always FREE for IceMen games. For metered spots, always obey the posted prices, hours and time limits. (Most meters only operate during weekday business hours, and the spots are FREE and without time limits otherwise.) For un-metered spots that are accompanied by a sign with a posted time limit (typically 15-30 minutes or 1-2 hours), note that the time limits only apply Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM (per city ordinance). The un-metered signed spots are FREE at all times, as long as you obey the time limits during the aforementioned periods. For un-metered spots without any posted time limits, simply follow standard urban parking rules. (Do not block fire hydrants or driveways, do not park where the curb is painted yellow, and do not park too close to an intersection.) Where applicable, stay within the marks.
Handicap Parking: A limited number of handicap parking spaces are located in front of the Civic Center complex, directly across Martin Luther King Blvd. from the Ford Center. (See the above map.) You must have a handicap license plate or placard in order to use one of these spaces. If this handicap lot is full, additional handicap spaces are available in the "Back 40" Civic Center Lot.
Drop-Off & Pick-Up: Main Street is typically open to traffic during Ford Center events, allowing patrons to be dropped off and picked up directly in front of the arena's main entrance. (Long-term parking in this area is not permitted during arena events.) For safety reasons due to heavier traffic flow, the Ford Center does NOT recommend drop-off or pick-up on Martin Luther King Blvd.
Evansville IceMen Roster
All ECHL Transactions
Scoring Statistics [Sorted by Points]
Goaltending Statistics [Sorted by GAA]
Daily Scoreboard Master Schedule with Completed-Game Results League Standings
INDIVIDUAL SCORING STATISTICS
Points Goals Assists Penalty Minutes Plus/Minus Hat Tricks
Power-Play Goals Power-Play Assists Short-Handed Goals Short-Handed Assists Game-Winning Goals
Rookie Scoring [Points] Defense Scoring [Points]
Goals-Against Average (GAA) Save Percentage (SV%) Wins Shutouts Minutes Played Total Saves
INDIVIDUAL SCORING STREAKS
Points Goals Assists
TEAM WINNING & LOSING STREAKS
Overall Home Road
Power-Play Efficiency Penalty-Killing Success
OVERTIME & SHOOTOUT STATS
Team OT & SO Records Team SO Stats Individual SO Stats (Shooters) Individual SO Stats (Goaltenders)
ECHL DAILY REPORT
The ECHL Daily Report is a computer-generated summary of hundreds of league statistics in a printer-friendly format.
As the name implies, it is produced daily throughout the season. It contains all of the statistics above,
plus a bunch of additional numbers and figures that are not available elsewhere in ECHL.com's Stats pages.
In addition to the stats linked above, this extensive report includes:
Team Win/Loss records broken down by opponent and by division
Team Situational records (When Leading After 2 Periods, In 1-Goal Games, etc.)
Team Goals For/Allowed and Shots For/Allowed, both per game and by period
Individual leaders in Power-Play Points (PPP) and Short-Handed Points (SHP)
Rookie leaders in G, A, PIM, PPG/PPA/PPP, SHG/SHA/SHP, GWG, and Plus/Minus
Defense leaders in G, A, PIM, PPG/PPA/PPP, SHG/SHA/SHP, GWG, and Plus/Minus
Detailed team Penalty stats (Total PIM for each team and its opponents, and Avg PIM per game)
Team-by-team totals for Minors, Majors, 10-Minute & Game Misconducts, and Match Penalties
Individual leaders in Minor Penalties and Major Penalties
A complete log of all penalty shots (Shooter, goalie, date, time in game, and goal or no goal)
Current and Season Streaks, both in individual stats and team stats
Individual and team game-highs and game-lows
Detailed individual player stats for each team
For any previous day's report, go to the following URL and enter the desired date at the end...
(Example: Change "YYYY-MM-DD" to "2013-02-14" to see the daily report from Valentine's Day 2013.)