In the future, we'll also offer features such as Hockey 101 and an expanded Team History.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The IceMen currently serve as the ECHL affiliate for the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets and the AHL's Springfield Falcons. The team has been owned by Ron Geary since its inception in 2008. The Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations is Jeff Pyle, who replaced Kromm after the 2012-2013 season. 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!
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.)
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!
The IceMen Radio Network
The IceMen Radio Network consists of flagship station WEOA (simulcasting on "Magic" 98.5 FM and "The Pump" 1400 AM in Evansville) as well as a few affiliates from around the Tri-State. IceMen radio programming includes Derick Benigni's play-by-play broadcasts for all games, as well as the weekly "IceMen Live" radio show that includes "IceMen Insights."
IceMen Game Broadcasts: All IceMen games (including pre-season and post-season) are aired locally by Evansville's WEOA (98.5 FM and 1400 AM), featuring a 30-minute pre-game show and a post-game recap. The games are streamed online worldwide via WEOA985FM.com and EvansvilleIceMen.com, as well as TuneIn.com and the TuneIn Radio App (on most smartphones and tablets). Game broadcasts are also available on WLME (102.7 FM) [Owensboro/Lewisport, KY], WMSK (1550 AM) [Morganfield, KY], and WVLN (740 AM) [Olney, IL]. Click the AM/FM links to view Radio-Locator.com's estimated coverage map for each station.
IceMen Live (featuring IceMen Insights): WEOA also broadcasts "IceMen Live," which now features "IceMen Insights" and airs most Monday nights during the season (schedule permitting) and occasionally during the off-season. The weekly program airs from 7 to 9 PM throughout the season and as long as the IceMen are alive in the playoffs, LIVE in front of an all-ages audience at either BackStage Bar & Grill in Downtown Evansville or Beef O'Brady's in Newburgh. (The location rotates from show to show.) The broadcast features IceMen and hockey news, player and personnel interviews, prize giveaways for fans in attendance, and much more. "IceMen Live" is hosted by Derick Benigni, and IceMenManiacs.com's Michael Shockley joins Derick for the "IceMen Insights" portions of the program (which is later made available as a free podcast here on IceMenManiacs.com). The show is streamed LIVE online worldwide via WEOA985FM.com and EvansvilleIceMen.com, as well as TuneIn.com and the TuneIn Radio App (on most smartphones and tablets).
Click Here for ECHL.com's list of radio streams for all other ECHL teams.
America One's ECHL TV (Online PPV)
America One is the ECHL's exclusive online pay-per-view video provider, offering LIVE video broadcasts for every ECHL game. Fans can purchase single games for just $8 each (and gain access to other ECHL games that same day as well), or select a multi-game pass that offers significant savings compared to the standard per-game price. A 30-day package is just $30, and a full-season pass is just $150. (The packages include all ECHL games during the given time period, and are not team-specific.) The full-season pass is easily the best bargain. If you want to watch all 36 IceMen road games, you'd pay $288 by buying each game individually - so the full-season pass would save you well over $100. Also consider that with the season pass, you only need to watch 19 games in order to "turn a profit," as 19 games would cost $152 individually. So if you figure to watch more than 18 games, the season pass is the way to go!
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 2013-2014 ECHL season...
To purchase a season ticket plan, or to inquire about group tickets or birthday party packages:
Call the IceMen office at 812-421-GOAL or drop them an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(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.)
[However, the box office at 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 Centre. (FYI: Click here for a calendar of upcoming events at The Centre.) 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.)