Jacksonville Sports Day

ECHL NOTES: League Postpones Slate of Southern Division Games; Icemen Sign Trio

JACKSONVILLE – The ECHL announced that this weekend’s games between the Jacksonville Icemen and the Florida Everblades scheduled for Friday, Jan. 22, Saturday, Jan. 23 and Sunday, Jan. 24 have been postponed, per league safety protocols.

“The safety of our fans, players, staff and working personnel will always remain as our top priority,” said Icemen President Bob Ohrablo. “As a precaution, and to adhere to all COVID-19 protocols set by the ECHL, as well as state and local officials, the decision has been made to postpone this weekend’s games.”

The ECHL is working with the Icemen and the Everblades to reschedule these games to a later date.

 The ECHL also announced that the Orlando Solar Bears vs. Greenville Swamp Rabbits games scheduled for Friday Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 23 were postponed. The South Carolina Stingrays at Wheeling Nailers games, scheduled for Friday, Jan. 22, Saturday, January 23 and Sunday, Jan. 24 have been postponed, per league safety protocols.

“After speaking with Wheeling and the ECHL, we agreed that it made the most sense to postpone this weekend’s games due to COVID-19 related issues,” said Stingrays President Rob Concannon. “Our players’ safety is everyone’s top priority.”

Icemen Add a Trio of Players in Bradford, Brooks & Miller Along with Howdeshell

The Jacksonville Icemen have agreed to terms forwards Erik Bradford and Calder Brooks, along with defenseman Brenden Miller. The Icemen also agreed to terms with forward Keeghan Howdeshell. 

Howdeshell, 22, joins the Icemen after an impressive rookie campaign with the Rapid City Rush (ECHL) last season.  The 6-2, 209-pound winger registered 37 points (13g, 24a) in 47 appearances with the Rush last season, earning a call-up with the AHL’s Tucson Roadrunners.

Howedeshell totaled 113 points (62g, 51a) in two seasons played with the Soo Greyhounds (OHL) from 2017-2019.   The Brighton, Michigan resident won a Bronze Medal with Team USA in the 2016 U18 World Junior Championships.     

Bradford, 26, heads to Jacksonville after a 53-point season last year with the Brampton Beast (ECHL).  The 6-0, 185-pound center has enjoyed a productive career, totaling 236 points (73g, 163a) in 286 ECHL games split between the Beast and the Orlando Solar Bears, Norfolk Admirals and Toledo Walleye from 2015-2020.  In addition, the Orangeville, Ontario resident has registered two goals in four American Hockey League appearances with the Toronto Marlies.

Brooks, 26, played last season overseas in France and Germany where he totaled 22 points (12g, 10a) in 26 games split between Riessersee SC, Briancon and Angers.  The 6-0, 192 pound forward played four seasons at Saint Mary’s University (USports) where he compiled 77 points (25g, 52a) in 105 games.  Following his collegiate career, Brooks logged four points (3g, 1a) in three outings with the Wichita Thunder in the spring of 2019.  The Emerald Park, SASK resident has also made three AHL appearances with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in 2015.  

Miller, 26, joins the Icemen after tying a career high 31 points last season with the Brampton Beast (ECHL).  Miller has accrued 90 points (25g, 65a) in 191 ECHL games split between the Beast, Orlando Solar Bears, Florida Everblades and Manchester Monarchs from 2015-2020.  The 6-1, 198-pound blueliner from Orangeville, Ontario recorded a goal in his two career AHL appearances with the Toronto Marlies during the 2016-17 season. 

The Icemen are back in action on Jan. 30 at Greenville.  Game time is set for 7:05 p.m. Jacksonville returns home on Feb. 6 against Greenville.

Neugold, Mitchell Join Florida Everblades

Florida Everblades announced Friday that defenseman Evan Neugold and forward Mason Mitchell have agreed to terms for the 2020-21 season.

Neugold, 28, will be entering his fifth professional season after playing for the Newfoundland Growlers of the ECHL for the last two seasons. In 2019-20, he appeared in 53 games and recorded nine goals and 18 assists. Neugold was a part of the Newfoundland squad that won the Kelly Cup Championship in 2019.

The Goshen, Conn. native began his professional career in the Southern Professional Hockey League, suiting up for Columbus and Knoxville. In 2017-18, Neugold made his ECHL debut with the Adirondack Thunder and also skated with the South Carolina Stingrays for three games. 

 Prior to turning pro, the 6-foot-2, 194-pound defenseman attended Middlebury College, where he was named captain in his senior season. 

Solar Bears Sign Forward Andrusiak

The Orlando Solar Bears have announced the club has signed forward Zack Andrusiak to an ECHL Standard Player Contract for the 2020-21 season.

Andrusiak, 22, joins the Solar Bears for his second season of professional hockey after skating with the Idaho Steelheads during the 2019-20 season. The 5-foot-11, 187-pound forward tallied 23 points (10g-13a) and 18 penalty minutes in 51 games for Idaho.

Prior to turning pro, the native of Armstrong, British Columbia played major junior hockey with the Everett Silvertips, Seattle Thunderbirds, Prince Albert Raiders and Tri-City Americans, where he tallied a combined 149 points (80g-69a) and 61 penalty minutes in 202 career games.

Five Stingrays Join Hershey Bears for AHL Camp

The Hershey Bears, the American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the South Carolina Stingrays, has recalled four players ahead of the team’s training camp

The following players will report to Hershey: forwards Caleb Herbert and Mason Morelli, as well as defenders Macoy Erkamps and Will Graber.

In addition, Hershey has signed goaltender Alex Dubeau to a professional tryout agreement. The Stingrays, ECHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals, announced the acquisition of defenseman Cole Fraser in a trade with the Allen Americans Monday in exchange for future considerations.

Fraser, 21, has appeared in 10 games for Allen this season after spending his rookie year with the Americans during 2019-20 and posting eight points (four goals, four assists) in 36 games.

Swamp Rabbits Send Two To Texas

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits announceed that forward Jake Slaker and defenseman Luke Martin have joined the Texas Stars on a professional tryout agreement.

Both Slaker and Martin will participate in the Stars’ pending training camp ahead of their American Hockey League season.

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